When you heard last week that we were doing a grading of every single player on the Grizzlies roster, several things probably went through your respective heads. You probably thought to yourselves about who deserved an A and who deserved a much lower grade. You probably started thinking about how tough it would be to grade guys like Tony Wroten and Jon Leuer. Then, you probably thought to yourselves, "Dear Lord, Keith is going to do Austin Daye..." Buckle up, folks. This one is going to be fun.
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What can you say about a guy like Austin Daye? Seriously, I'm not being cute, I am honestly not sure what I can say about him here that won't get me suspended from the site. When we acquired Daye, I described him as "stretch four fodder," and that was really being generous. Daye didn't really do much to help Memphis, despite posting double-digit scoring games twice. His offensive game is limited to spot up shooting, and his defensive game is nonexistent, to put it mildly. I can't think of anything more painful than watching Austin Daye play defense, and this is coming from a guy who has had meningitis, third degree sunburns from head to toe, kidney stones, and a failed almost marriage.
The Grizzlies acquired Daye on January 30 as part of the Rudy Gay deal. While Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis were the main pieces of the deal, someone in the Grizzlies front office must have been attracted to Daye's ability to knock down 3s, as he was shooting a robust 52.5% from beyond the arc with Detroit on the season. In Memphis, however, he shot a much more pedestrian 34%. He shot 42% from the field, and averaged 4.0 ppg. He got into 4 playoff games, averaging five minutes and 1.8 ppg.
Throughout his 31 games in Memphis, we saw Austin Daye attempt to guard and get torched by the LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and of course, Grant Hill. He piled up eight DNP-Coach's Decision, and posted a +/- of -7 or worse nine different times.
If I were trapped in a room with Austin Daye, Kevin Hart, and Kim Jong Un, and was promised a romantic date with the little redheaded girl if I could control my temper, I'd slap Austin Daye twice. If I were about to lose my vision, and the doctors told me that I had about five minutes of sight left, and Austin Daye was on the court playing defense, I would grab the nearest spoon and gouge my eyes out early. If I were promised Nasim Pedrad's hand in marriage if only I would allow Austin Daye to start for my basketball team, I'd hire him a personal limo driver to make sure he was on time and suited up for every game, because let's face it, I'm not an idiot.
With a $4.1 million team option for next season, it is all but a certainty that Daye will no longer be a Grizzly when next season arrives. A (n extremely) small portion of the fan base has expressed interest in bringing Daye back. I have $350 in change in a bank in my bedroom floor, and I'd rather that be distributed out amongst several tube socks and used to beat me to a pulp before that happens.
Look, I'm sure Austin Daye is a great guy. He's probably a tremendous son, a real good secret keeper, and a lot of fun to have at barbecues, but the fact of the matter is, he's just not at a place in his career where he can consistently contribute to an NBA team, despite his pure stroke from the outside.
Production: A sea full of "ughs"
General Grizznosity: No.
Clutch Performance: A picture of your grandparents naked
Overall Grade: F
*Grizznosity- One's overall impact and representation of the Griz based on off court contributions, cultural influence, leadership, and memorable moments that comprised the 2012-13 season.