Grading the 2012-2013 Memphis Grizzlies: Dexter Pittman, Everyman

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Saving the best for last. Or something.

Let me be perfectly clear about this: I was supposed to publish this piece last Wednesday, and I’ve been stalling, because Dexter Pittman’s brief sojourn with the Memphis Grizzlies was so short, so remarkably nondescript and totally useless that I have almost nothign to say about it.

So I was thinking that I would write some sort of humorous dialogue between Pittman and coach Lionel Hollins about how useless his time was, but then two things happened:

  1. Lionel Hollins got sent packing by the Grizzlies
  2. I realized that Dexter Pittman is just a dude, who is making money playing professional basketball, and I probably shouldn’t make too much fun of him, because he didn’t do anything to deserve my heaping scorn on him.

This blogging thing is a funny business. We’re here to write things tahat you want to read about the basketball team that you ostensibly love watching.

But what happens when that turns on a player? Why did I feel the need to ridicule Dexter Pittman for not being very good, when I’m sure he plainly realizes that playing 20 minutes spread across 7 games and scoring exactly two points is not a recipe for longevity in the league? What good does that do anyone?

Dexter Pittman’s time as a Grizzly was pretty dadgum useless.

So no, Dexter Pittman’s time as a Grizzly was pretty dadgum useless. He essentially served no purpose other than to fit in a trade exception, and give the Grizzlies another second round pick which, if the Heat win the title this year, will literally be the last pick in the draft.

But you know what? Who cares? He’s a guy doing a job, filling a spot on the roster. I hope that his career takes a better turn after being waived this year, and that he finds a way to stick around, because I don’t know Dexter Pittman and to mock him makes me a small person.

After the trade that sent Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington in exchange for Jon Leuer, I seem to remember Lionel Hollins saying in a press conference after a game that he didn’t have anybody to play backup center anymore. (You know, even though Darrell Arthur and Leuer were both on the team, and it was clear that the roster would have to be filled out.)

Well, Lionel, you got Dexter Pittman, and you played him 20 minutes and then he got waived, because he’s not at a level where he’s an effective NBA rotation player. But, readers, that’s no reason to be a jerk on the Internet. Anybody can do that.

Grading

Production: Nope.
General Grizznosity: What?
Clutch Performance: LOL

Overall Grade: Incomplete.

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