Anthony “T. J.” Warren, Jr. (born September 5, 1993) is an American professional basketball player for the Phoenix Suns of the National Basketball Association (NBA). Originally from Durham, North Carolina, Warren played small forward for the NC State Wolfpack. In the 2013–14 season, he led the Atlantic Coast Conference (ACC) in scoring and averaged a total of 24.9 points per game.
On June 26, 2014, Warren was selected with the 14th overall pick by the Phoenix Suns in the 2014 NBA draft. On July 12, 2014, Warren made his NBA Summer League debut, recording 22 points and 4 rebounds in a loss to the Golden State Warriors. He went on to earn All-NBA Summer League second team honors. On August 8, 2014, he signed with the Suns. On October 21, 2014, Warren sustained a small crack in a bone in his left thumb, sidelining him for a few months. He returned from injury on November 9 to make his NBA debut against Golden State. He recorded no points in just over a minute of action in a 107–95 win. He went on to record his first NBA career points and rebounds with seven and three respectively in the Suns’ 118–114 win over the Boston Celtics on November 17. During his rookie season, Warren received multiple assignments to the Bakersfield Jam of the NBA Development League.
On March 11, 2015, Warren had a season-best game with 17 points on 8-of-10 shooting and 5 rebounds in a 106–97 win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. On March 29, he scored a season-high 18 points in a season defining 109–97 loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder. On April 4, he scored 15 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter against the Golden State Warriors in a close 107–106 loss. Finally, to end the 2014–15 season, Warren had his first professional start as a power forward in another loss to the Los Angeles Clippers.
Career highlights and awards
Consensus second-team All-American (2014)
ACC Player of the Year (2014)
First-team All-ACC (2014)
ACC All-Freshmen Team (2013)
McDonald’s All-American (2012)