Former NBA First-Pick Joins Phoenix Suns
With one space remaining on the Suns’ final roster, the Frenchman has signed a non-guaranteed training camp deal alongside guard Frank Jackson. Phoenix Suns have made another addition to their roster by signing former NBA first-round pick. After Frank Jackson, Phoenix Suns have signed Timothe Luwawu-Cabarrot to their training camp roster.
Luwawu-Cabarrot was selected by the Philadelphia 76ers with the 24th overall pick in the 2016 NBA Draft but has yet to establish a career in the league after six seasons.
In addition to the 76ers, Luwawu-Cabarrot has also played for the Brooklyn Nets, Chicago Bulls, Oklahoma City Thunder, and most recently the Atlanta Hawks. In his greatest season, he averaged a career-high 7.8 points per game while shooting 38.8% from three-point range and 43.5% from the field for the Nets in 2018–19.
Givony praised the former first-pick player in the following way:
“Standing 6-7, he has long arms, big hands, a good frame, and excellent athletic ability. He’s a versatile player who shows a nice framework of skills in virtually all facets of the games, be it with his ability to create off the dribble, find the open man, make shots from the perimeter, or defend a few different positions.
Luwawu-Cabarrot has demonstrated his offensive talent, he hasn’t been able to execute at an NBA level. Before his draught year, expert Jonathan Givony saw his significant upside potential in the current NBA.
However, he hasn’t been able to make the most of his size to be a strong rim protector or a productive offensive scorer. For a player who provides virtually little other than his scoring, Luwawu-Cabarrot has an unreliable lifetime field goal percentage of 39.1% and a deep field goal percentage of 33.5%.
There is hope that he will be able to replicate his Nets season stats in the Suns’ system along with outstanding playmaking. Luwawu-Cabarrot still seems to have a difficult assignment to reach the Suns’ final squad with current backup possibilities including Damion Lee, Josh Okogie, Landry Shamet, and Torrey Craig.