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Suns’ Frank Kaminsky asks fans for help in deciding new jersey number

Frank Kaminsky

Frank Kaminsky’s tenure with the Charlotte Hornets didn’t exactly go how he or the team envisioned. Now that he’s continuing his career with the Phoenix Suns, the former lottery pick is going to extra lengths to ensure he gets a fresh start ā€“ and ingratiating himself to his new team’s fanbase in the process.

Kaminsky, who agreed to a two-year, $10 million deal with the Suns in free agency earlier this week, is foregoing his usual No. 44 in Phoenix and picking between Nos. 4 and 8. Apparently unable to choose himself, he wants Suns fans to help him decide.

The No. 9 overall pick of the 2015 NBA Draft, Kaminsky parted ways with the Hornets after the team opted against extending him a qualifying offer, making him an unrestricted free agent. He signed with Phoenix shortly thereafter.

The National Player of the Year as a senior at Wisconsin, Kaminsky always seemed an odd fit for the modern game, and his shooting struggles since being drafted robbed him of the one superlative quality that made him a lottery prospect. He averaged 8.6 points and 3.5 rebounds in just 47 appearances last season, falling even more out of favor with second-year Charlotte coach Steve Clifford, who also reduced his playing time in 2017-18.

At a shade below seven-feet tall with short arms and limited mobility, Frank Kaminsky isn’t nearly a good enough rim-protector to be a center and lacks the foot speed necessary to chase modern-day power forwards. He’s shot just 34.9 percent from beyond the arc, too, a fine mark for most big men, but hardly one whose effectiveness is predicated on his ability to space the floor.