Suns announce 2016 Summer League Roster

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The Phoenix Suns begin workouts in Phoenix on Wednesday, July 6, in preparation for NBA Summer League 2016 in Las Vegas, Nev., from July 8-18. The 13-man roster is highlighted by 2015-16 NBA All-Rookie First Team selection Devin Booker, Suns forward/center Alan Williams and the team’s 2016 NBA Draft acquisitions Dragan Bender, Marquese Chriss and Tyler Ulis. Suns Assistant Coach Nate Bjorkgren will serve as head coach of the summer league team.

The Suns tip off their summer league schedule against the Portland Trail Blazers on Saturday, July 9, at 1 p.m. at Cox Pavilion and are also scheduled to face the Boston Celtics on Sunday, July 10 (7:30 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center) and the Miami Heat on Tuesday, July 12 (3:30 p.m. at Thomas & Mack Center). Following these three contests, the Suns will play at least two more games as part of a tournament-style schedule to determine the NBA Summer League 2016 Champion.

Prior to their departure to Las Vegas, the Suns will hold five practice sessions from July 6-8 on the Annexus Practice Court at Talking Stick Resort Arena. Media availability will take place following the conclusion of each morning session, at approximately noon on each day.

            The Suns’ 13-man roster, practice schedule and summer league schedule are listed below.

No.         Player                            Pos.       Ht.           Wt.         Birthdate       Prior to NBA/Home Country  Yrs Plyd

                  3            Dragan Bender                F           7-1            225           11/17/97           Maccabi Tel Aviv/Croatia        R

               29            Askia Booker                   G          6-1            170           08/31/93           Colorado/USA                             R

                  1            Devin Booker                  G          6-6            206           10/30/96           Kentucky/USA                              1

               10            Alec Brown                   F/C        7-1            235           07/23/92           Wisconsin-Green Bay/USA     R

               25            Michael Bryson              G          6-4            200           09/30/94           UC Santa Barbara/USA             R

                  0            Marquese Chriss            F           6-10          233           07/02/97           Washington/USA                       R

               22            Derek Cooke                     F           6-9            220           08/23/91           Wyoming/USA                            R

               18            Kyle Kuric                        G          6-4            195           08/25/89           Louisville/USA                            R

               19            Shannon Scott                G          6-1            185           12/21/92           Ohio State/USA                           R

               32            Richard Solomon        F/C        6-11          235           06/18/92           California/USA                            R

                  8            Tyler Ulis                         G          5-10          150           01/05/96           Kentucky/USA                             R

               15            Alan Williams             F/C        6-8            260           01/28/93           UC Santa Barbara/USA             1

               16            Troy Williams                 F           6-7            218           12/31/94           Indiana/USA                                R

HEAD COACH: Nate Bjorkgren (Buena Vista)

ASSISTANT COACHES: Bret Burchard (Taylor), Chris Darnell (William & Mary), Jason Fraser (Villanova), Scott Vaughan (Dallas Baptist)

HEAD ATHLETIC TRAINER: Tom Maystadt (Iowa State)


Wednesday, July 6:     10 a.m. – Noon and 5 – 7 p.m. @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

Thursday, July 7:         10 a.m. – Noon and 5 – 7 p.m. @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

Friday, July 8:             10 a.m. – Noon @ Talking Stick Resort Arena

                      * Media availability after morning sessions only


Date                                    Opponent            Location                               Time (Phoenix)

Saturday, July 9                  Portland               Cox Pavilion                            1:00 p.m.                     

Sunday, July 10                   Boston                  Thomas & Mack Center           7:30 p.m.                     

Tuesday, July 12                 Miami                   Thomas & Mack Center           3:30 p.m.         


                                    * Tournament play follows three-game schedule; guaranteed at least five total games

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