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Suns hire Mehmet Okur to develop skills of big men

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PHOENIX, AZ - JANUARY 13: Mehmet Okur #13 of the New Jersey Nets puts up a shot during the NBA game against the Phoenix Suns at US Airways Center on January 13, 2012 in Phoenix, Arizona. The Nets defeated the Suns 110-103. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

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The Suns have a promising stock of big men: rookies Dragan Bender (No. 4 pick) and Marquese Chriss (No. 8 pick) and Alex Len, who was the No. 5 pick three years ago.

That trio just gained an excellent tutor.

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The Phoenix Suns announced on Tuesday the team has added Mehmet Okur as player development coach and Jason Hervey as advance scout.

Okur, a 2007 NBA All-Star, will specialize in the skills development of the Suns’ post players.

Okur played with Suns coach Earl Watson in Utah, where Okur had been working as a Jazz ambassador following his retirement.

Well-liked, Okur set himself up for post-playing opportunities. His offensive proficiency – including outside shooting and ball-handling impressive for his 6-foot-11 frame – could help him succeed in this role.