So, we haven't gotten to see all that much of Marreese Speights in his brief spell with the Grizzlies. And what we've seen of him as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers, well, that too has been limited, at best. With that, I decided to ask Michael Levin, the editor of the Liberty Ballers, a Philadelphia 76ers blog, to give us a little scouting report on Speights.
What follows is, in a word, awesome!
There is one thing you can be sure you'll get from Marreese Speights: shooting. The kid can shoot, and he's pretty damn good at it. He's typically solid on the glass (especially O-boards) but to expect anything else of him would be pissing in the wind. He very rarely passes, can't dribble, isn't fast or particularly athletic, and doesn't have anything near a refined offensive game. His defense mostly consists of trying to take charges. Shooting, seriously. But he can't take his game outside of 18 feet so it's not like he's Channing Frye either.
Also, he's pretty much a dumbass. Even a quick glance at his Twitter page or watching him give an interview will tell you that no, he's not the most cerebral of basketball minds. There is still some upside there but as a lazy, slow, stupid ball hog, I'm not optimistic that he'll reach it. That being said, he'll probably give you an extremely inefficient 17 and 8 in place of Z-Bo, if that's what you're looking for. Just don't expect him to be, you know, good at anything else.
So, there you have it. Speights can score, but, well, he's no good at anything else. I think we've talked about this a million times already on this site, but the trade made a ton of sense when the deal was to have Speights come off the bench behind Zach Randolph, not to come off the bench as Zach Randolph.
I guess we'll get a better look at him on Sunday, when he's likely going to be needed to come in and provide some much-needed offense when the Grizzlies take on the Los Angeles Lakers.
We thank Michael Levin, and highly suggest you hop over and check out his work at Liberty Ballers.