I was reading up on the Grizzlies this afternoon, thumbing through a few sites when I came across a piece by Stephen Litel over at HoopsWorld. It was a fantastic piece on where the Grizzlies should go from "here," looking ahead at their offseason. Some great takeaways, but one line in particular really stood out when Litel was talking about getting help for the Grizzlies at point guard. He wrote, this:
Some have even begun to debate whether Jeremy Lin would be a good fit with the Memphis Grizzlies.
So, um, Jeremy Lin on the Memphis Grizzlies? Yeah, I don't think that'll be necessary.
Don't get me wrong, Lin had a fantastic season and was everything Knicks fans could have asked for in their, what, 3rd attempt at finding a point guard this season, but he's not an ideal fit for the Grizzlies at all. Period.
Let's start with the numbers. First, the Grizzlies are going to lose O.J. Mayo this summer, and it's clear that while he wasn't the ideal 2-guard for our system, we're going to have to replace him with a shooter. Someone like a Carlos Delfino, Nick Young or, heck, even a Ray Allen, all of whom Litel mentioned in his piece. That needs to be our top priority. Don't get me wrong, we do need a backup point guard, especially if Josh Selby isn't ready, but Lin just isn't the answer. I'll connect the dots this way: we're going to have a mid-level exception to spend, and it's most likely we'll need to use is on an aforementioned scorer, as opposed to a backup point guard like Lin who will command close to $5 million per season in the open market. So, the numbers don't really fit. Neither too does the talent.
For what Lin can do (meaning, penetrate and dish), his biggest flaw is that he turns the ball over far too much (3.6 per game in 26 minutes last season), which has long been an issue for the Grizzlies, in terms of winning the TO battle. Meaning, that's got to be our strength. We're great at picking balls and turning them into transition buckets, but we can't let teams equalize by turning ball for ball. Make sense?
My point being, he just doesn't fit. Not in our system, our payroll, our personnel needs. So while I think every SB Nation team blog is going to have to deal with the Lin rumors this summer, I think we can safely put the Lin to Memphis rumor to rest. We have bigger, more pressing needs. Like, you know, someone who can shoot the basketball!