David Krämer has been playing professional basketball since he was 17 years old. It’s what he knows best, and he has said he’s not sure what he would be doing professionally if basketball wasn’t in his life.
Of course, he wanted to begin his first chapter of professional basketball in the United States and his next step in the pursuit of playing in the NBA with an impressionable start. Thanks to an injured left tibia, he had to wait months just to get on the court.
Krämer rehabbed his injured leg during the first two months of this Northern Arizona Suns’ season after rehabbing during his tenure with the Phoenix Suns during their training camp. With the turn of the calendar to 2020, Krämer got the clearance to play in game action.
His debut was Jan. 3 at Rio Grande Valley, and he left no doubt his leg was where it needed to be, as he threw down a thunderous dunk over the Vipers, screaming in jubilation – and probably – some relief. In his third game, Krämer really showed what he was capable of, recording 15 points on 4-of-7 shooting, including 3-of-3 from downtown, in just 14 minutes of action. He had an even better performance in the next Suns’ game, tallying 15 points on 5-of-7 shooting, 2-of-4 from distance, and six rebounds in 15 minutes. There were only 13 incidents all season throughout the NBA G League of a player dropping 15 points in 15 minutes or less, and Krämer had two of those games.
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Things relatively cooled off for Krämer, besides a career-high eight-rebound night vs. Sioux Falls on Jan. 17, until Jan. 31, when he achieved his first 20+ point performance, finishing with 21 points. On Feb. 22 at Windy City, Krämer earned his first career start.
In what ended up being the last Suns game of the season on March 7, Krämer had his best game of the year. He scored a career-high 26 points on 10-of-18 shooting, adding four rebounds, two steals and a block in 27 minutes.
Altogether in his rookie season, Krämer averaged 8.2 points and 3.2 rebounds in 14.5 minutes per game in 15 games. Per 40 minutes, he averaged the fourth highest scoring burst on the team with 22.6 points per.
It seemed no player could splash a deep three quite like Krämer when he got hot. With some run with the Phoenix Suns under his belt and 15 games with the NAZ Suns to get back to full health, watch out for Krämer to make some noise soon.