Keljin Blevins Provided the Spark When the Suns Called

By Jacob Withee | June 15, 2020

Keljin Blevins never heard his name called in the starters’ introduction before a game. That didn’t phase him though, as he consistently came off the bench for the Northern Arizona Suns with plenty of energy.

Blevins averaged 4.3 points and 2.8 rebounds in 35 games for the NAZ Suns in his rookie season. Although his numbers may not pop off the screen at you, time and time again Blevins was called upon to give the Suns a lift when things started to stagnate.

Blevins owned one of the top plus-minus marks on the squad. He began his professional career on the right foot, recording 10 points on 5-of-7 shooting, seven rebounds, a steal and a block in the season opener. His seven rebounds were the most rebounds by a Suns player off the bench in a season opener since Derek Cooke Jr. had eight rebounds as a reserve in the first game of 2016-17.

The Montana State alum totaled four double-digit scoring outings on the season, including consecutive such games from Feb. 21-22.

He made 88.2 percent of his free throw attempts, owning the best free throw percentage on the team and the 18th best free throw percentage in the entire NBA G League among players with at least 15 FTA.

From Jan. 23 through March 4, Blevins grabbed multiple rebounds in 13 straight games while averaging 18.5 minutes per game.

He had his best month in February, where he averaged season-highs in scoring (6.4 PPG), FG% (.515), 3PT% (.385) and rebounds (4.1 RPG).

The Suns drafted Blevins with the 15th overall pick in the 2019 NBA G League Draft. He produced 150 total points and 97 rebounds in his rookie campaign, not a bad start to a professional career for the 24-year-old.

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