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Suns Player Review 2024: Saben Lee had our two-way heart, but no jumper

Welcome to our Phoenix suns Season in Review series where we do individual PLAYER REVIEWS of every man who contributed in the 2023-2024 season. We go through the squad to analyze what went right/wrong for them, and what they can do to improve next season.


Saben Lee

  • Position: Point guard
  • Vital values: 6 feet, 183 pounds, 24 years old
  • Experience: 3 years
  • Statistics: 24 GP, 3.0 PPG (36.4 FG%, 12.5 3PT%), 1.3 APG

Contract details

Saben Lee signed with the Phoenix Suns on July 13, 2023 on a two-way contract.

Career development

Saben Lee was selected 38th overall in the 2020 NBA Draft by the Utah Jazz. He was then traded to the Detroit Pistons. In Detroit, Saben was signed to a two-way contract, spending a small amount of time with the Detroit Motor City Cruise in the NBA G League. Not long after, he was named to the Detroit Pistons’ main roster. During his time with the Pistons, Lee’s career-high would come in a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves. With a score of 22 points, people started to see something promising within Saben Lee.

Kind of. After a proverbial “Hot Potato” game between the Utah Jazz, Phoenix Suns and the Toronto Raptors, Saben Lee landed on the Raptors 905 team in the NBA G-League.

November 2022 was exciting for Saben Lee, who was acquired by the Philadelphia 76ers. However, just over a month later he would be waived.

Ahead of January 2023, Saben Lee signed a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns. This was also extended in February of the same year. Saben Lee still has a two-way contract with the Phoenix Suns.

Regular season recap

Saben Lee played a total of just over 3 hours this entire season. As a two-player, you wouldn’t expect many more minutes from him unless someone gets injured. Although Lee is also a player I think has been lost in this season’s rotation. When some Phoenix Suns fans across the planet scream, “We need a point guard!”. Why not give someone like Saben Lee more minutes? He is young and very hungry. His desire and love for the game is evident. Imagine: what if?

Post-season recap

Saben Lee was ineligible to play in the postseason as he was on a two-way contract.

Greatest power

Speed. Lee can be explosive and reacts quickly. His ball handling is good and his ball handling skills are well versed.

Biggest weakness

He can be very selfish with the ball. We’ve seen Saben Lee too many times, forgetting that he’s in the NBA and not playing NBA2K as Ja Morant. Drive to the edge, in heavy traffic, and miss most of the time.

What to work on

In general, Saben Lee is still young. Working on the “Team” aspects of the game will help him stay on this roster. He could be another player who can improve, given the right coaching environment. A young PG, who can learn so much from our new technical staff that we have put together. “I’d buy that for a dollar!” I would love to see Saben Lee back next season. I wouldn’t mind at all.

Probability of return: 7


Overall grade C –

  • Overall grade as an NBA player: C+
  • Relative grade compared to preseason expectations: C

Opinion poll

How would you rate Saben Lee’s 2023-24?