Trayvon Palmer Shows Flashes for Suns after Joining Team Late

By Jacob Withee | April 19, 2019

Trayvon Palmer first made his mark in the NBA G League for the Santa Cruz Warriors, going off for 17 points and 11 rebounds against the Texas Legends on Dec. 1. Just a few days later, he was waived.

The Northern Arizona Suns witnessed his break out game and quickly made a move, adding Palmer from the available player pool on Dec. 10. Palmer would show flashes of his potential throughout the rest of 2018-19, proving the Suns made a smart midseason pickup.

Palmer finished his year averaging 6.4 points and 4.0 rebounds for the Suns in 20.4 minutes per game in 33 games. Altogether in his rookie year in the NBA G League counting his two games with the Warriors, Palmer averaged 6.5 points and 4.1 rebounds in 20.8 minutes per contest (35 games, one start).

He notched 10 double-digit scoring outings for Northern Arizona, posting his highest scoring game with the Suns of 15 points in his second game with the squad. His best game with NAZ was against the Salt Lake City Stars on Jan. 22, where he achieved a double-double with 12 points on 5-of-10 shooting, 13 rebounds and four assists.

Palmer demonstrated a great scoring ability, getting in the lane with smooth athleticism or stepping back for open jumpers. He also transitioned his rebounding ability from Chicago State where he averaged a team-leading 9.4 rebounds per game by posting 7.8 rebounds per 40 minutes, the fifth highest mark on the Suns.

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