Josh Harrellson provided a spark off the bench in a 91-82 Suns win over Utah on Tuesday. Is he the player needed in the Phoenix frontcourt?

Do the Phoenix Suns need Josh Harrellson? Maybe. Or a player like Josh Harrellson. Luckily, you know who's a player like Josh Harrellson? Josh Harrellson.

The 26 year old has a journeyman's career that's brought him to New York, Miami, and Detroit. Last season brought him to China and Puerto Rico.

Last month the 2011 draft pick out of Kentucky received the opportunity to play with the Summer Suns. The goal of turning that invitation into a training camp opportunity may have seemed unlikely in June, but in July Harrellson is doing his best to force teams to take a second look.

Despite high energy in last Saturday's win over Washington, Harrellson did not score and pulled down just 2 rebounds in a Suns win over the Wizards.

The next day, with 20 minutes of playing time, he contributed 7 points, 5 rebounds, and 4 blocks in a loss to the Houston Rockets.

Last night in Las Vegas Harrellson turned heads with his 16 minutes. 6 of 7 from the field including 3 of 4 from three-point range for 15 points to go along with 9 rebounds in a 91-82 win over the Utah Jazz. Not bad for a guy that hadn't taken a shot in an NBA game since 2014.

"I felt like my old self right there. Back in Detroit, back in New York days. "It felt good to play like that, shoot the ball again. That's the first time I shot an NBA ball, when I started training camp, two-a-days, what a week ago? So that's the first time i shot an NBA ball in a year and half so, it's starting to feel good."

"I'm just trying to get more confident in myself. It feels good to be playing again, I haven't played at this level in a year and a half, it just feels good to show teams I'm back and that I haven't lost nothing."

Coach Nate Bjorkgren was impressed with Harrellson's effort.

"He was great. I think his start to the fourth quarter, hitting a couple shots there, and just being a big body in there when Alex Len is out of the game. I thought he did a really nice job with that."

"We said before, you talk about a guy that's been in the NBA, a guy that's working to try to get his way back. He's got great experience. He made the right plays today. Even though he hit two or three threes in a row there, then I think you saw him go into a dribble handoff and get others involved so the guys were really looking for each other today."

For the Pistons in 2013-14, Harrellson hit just shy of 40% of his three-point attempts. He knows to get another opportunity in the Association though, he needs to show more than his shot.

"Toughness. Toughness and defense. Being able to rebound. If I can do that every night, if I play 20 minutes, give me anywhere from 7 to 9 rebounds every night. That's a good number."

Harrellson appears to have a genuinely good rapport with his teammates in Summer League. That's not something that should be ignored by an organization that has managed to pair narrowly missing out on the playoffs with frosty relationships between players, coaches, the front office and fans. Harrellson is complimentary of his peers. After Tuesday's win he talked about Alex Len's 14 rebounds.

"Oh man, he's 9 foot 8. So it's easy for him. Alex, he's a great player. He's long, he's tall, athletic too. So it's a lot easier for him to get up there than me. I just have to be more physical and box out. He just jumps over everybody."

Harrellson and the Summer Suns get the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks and Houston Rockets Thursday at 1pm PT.

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The Phoenix Suns advanced to 2015 NBA Summer League tournament play after a win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Alex Len and Coach Nate Bjorkgren addressed the media following the win.

Playoffs?!?! Playoffs!

Your Phoenix Suns advanced to 2015 NBA Summer League postseason play after a 91-82 win over the Utah Jazz on Tuesday night. Phoenix finished the Summer League "regular season" 2-1. The Suns tallied wins over Utah and Washington and lost on Sunday to the Houston Rockets.

Alex Len got the start on Tuesday after a day off on Sunday. Len would finish with a game high 14 rebounds. After the game Len talked about the Suns getting off to a better start on Tuesday, and about the increased effort on the defensive end of the court early.

"Coach before the game he just told me he wanted me to start, get the team going on defense. So i was trying to be loud out there."

"I think we did a really good job today on defense. Everybody was talking, was active, it showed."

Coach Nate Bjorkgren addressed the physicality of the Suns and the rebounding margin advantage Phoenix held against Utah.

"Yeah you know as a team I think we were plus 9 on the glass and that was the first game here in summer league we did win the boards. That's been our big focus here, especially the last couple days so Alex is a big part of that but I thought the rest of the guys were doing a nice job of having physical blockouts so that was good."

"There's some ups and downs through these games but I thought the defensive energy was there. I thought our offensive movement was much more crisp our cuts were sharp i thought we were really sharing the basketball we were getting to the paint and kicking out to shooters so the guys shared the ball nicely today."

The shooter most people had their eyes on was first round pick Devin Booker. Booker shot 4-11 in game one and 2-12 in game two. Through those two games he was 0-8 from three-point range. On Tuesday night he led all scorers with 18 points on 7-18 shooting and hit 2 of 5 three point attempts. Len talked about the confidence the team has in Booker.

"We know he's a shooter. Last game he had a little bit of a night off so today he was better. We know he's a shooter so we have confidence in him. He came through tonight."

Bjorkgren praised the other things Booker brings to the court.

"Everybody talks about him being a shooter, and a great shooter, which he is, but he can put it on the floor now too. He can come off ball screens and he makes nice reads. He comes up with his eyes open, you know, he's a willing passer so I thought he did a lot of nice things today."

"That's the thing, off those ball screens he'll take what the defense gives him. He can put it on the deck going left and he can pass after he's attacking the rim. He has good vision for the diving bigs."

Perhaps most important on Tuesday night was the contribution of the Phoenix reserves. The Suns got 35 points from the bench, including 15 from Josh Harrellson and 8 from Mickey McConnell.

"Yeah, they did a nice job," Bjorkgren said. "They really got that ball movement, you know I think I went with the first five there for about the first eight or nine minutes of the game, then i kind of rode that second group for just as long. So, it was just kind of waves of four and five guys there but they did I thought both groups shared the ball nicely."

Phoenix starts tournament play on Thursday at 1pm PT against the winner of the Milwaukee Bucks, Houston Rockets matchup.

The Summer Suns beat Utah with Alex Len grabbing 14 rebounds, Devin Booker scoring 18 points and Josh Harrellson going 3 for 3 on 3-pointers.


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