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Since being sent down to the D-league on November 16, Gani Lawal has appeared in seven games for the Iowa Energy, who have the best record in the league at 7-1.

Lawal hasn’t started a contest and is logging 21 minutes a game. The 6-9 power forward is averaging 11.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.9 blocks a game on 49-percent shooting from the floor.

The area Lawal is looking to improve on is his mid-range jumper. Currently, he is only shooting 59 percent from the line and doesn’t have much range outside of the paint.

Although the former Georgia Tech star hasn’t started, he’s posted some impressive numbers in this time in Iowa. Lawal’s best all-around contest was a 22-point, 12-rebound, two-block performance in his debut, although he scored 23 points and grabbed six rebounds in a loss to Tulsa on November 27.

In addition to the Energy’s coaching staff, Mercury Head Coach and former NBA player Corey Gaines traveled with Lawal to Iowa to assist in his development. Besides Lawal, Gaines has also worked with many of the other Suns’ players this season.

Lawal’s next contest is against New Mexico on Friday.

  • JAS

    I suggest they (Suns Brain Trust)get Gani into the “real” NBA fast, especially if our Suns play a team anytime soon who has anyone on their roster resembling Zach Randolph. I felt bad for Frye and Turk against Memphis. Randolph looked like he was playing B-ball off the backboard all by himself. The last two games have really shown how big the Suns problems are. Phoenix has possibly the best bench in the league to bad were only going as far as they can take us.

  • a

    All teams have problems. A few games wont make or break a season with the exception being at the end when you end up not making the playoffs. With that being said they changed out that many main players in the offseason. We’ve been very fortunate for these many years to have the talent and teams we’ve had. Fans need to remember that and bandwagon ones are welcome to to get off and stay off anytime. The rest can still watch some fun basketball remember only 1 UNO ONE team wins it all every year. Remember Kobe without Gasol? Or what would they look like without Kobe? Yeaaah I think you all get my point.