Report: Weems' skill-set a key to Suns' second unit

The Phoenix Suns want to shore up their defense and that was one of the reasons why they signed swingman Sonny Weems back in July. From Kevin Zimmerman of ArizonaSports.com:

    "Defense and ball movement appear to be emphases for the Phoenix Suns this preseason, and in that it will be assumed that the players who commit to those two things will become part of the rotation. ... That creates appeal for the 29-year-old Sonny Weems to earn a significant role, likely at shooting guard. Weems believes he’ll earn it by 'playing defense and knocking down open shots,' and his experience might set him ahead of 21-year-old Archie Goodwin and 18-year-old Devin Booker, the challengers for minutes. Before signing a two-year deal with the Suns this offseason, Weems sharpened his game in Lithuania and then Russian powerhouse CSKA Moscow over the last four seasons. ... The fit in Phoenix for Weems begins with his athleticism and shooting ability that allows him to get shots over defenders, not too unlike Gerald Green, the shooting guard who in the last two seasons gave the Suns a boost off the bench. But Weems’ post-lockout experience in Europe makes him custom fit for what Phoenix wants to improve upon compared to last year’s team."

Weems should be the main backup small forward behind starter P.J. Tucker when the regular season tips off at the end of the month.