How Will the Acquisition of Hakim Warrick Affect the Phoenix Suns?

July 2nd, 2010 by Tanner Thoms Leave a reply »
4 years, $18 million.

Is it worth it?

Hakim Warrick, from the university of Syracuse, was selected with the 19th overall pick in the 2005 draft by the Memphis Grizzlies.

In his sophomore season with Syracuse, Warrick was a key part, along with Carmelo Anthony, in helping the Orangemen win their first NCAA title in team history.

Warrick, in his senior year, averaged 21.4 points and 8.6 rebounds per game, earning him the Big East Conference Player of the Year award.

Hakim was projected to be a top 10 or 15 pick because of his 38-inch vertical jump, and his 7'2" wingspan.

However, he dropped out of the top 15 because many teams thought he wasn't heavy enough to guard some of the bigger power forwards in the league.

In his rookie campaign with Memphis, Warrick averaged only 4.1 points and 2.1 rebounds in 10.6 minutes per game.

The best year of his career would come in his second season. Hakim averaged 12.7 points and 5.1 rebounds in 26.2 minutes per game. His next two seasons with the Grizzlies went fairly well, but he never really established himself as one of the premiere power forwards in the league.
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