Ryan Hollins is 31 years old and has played nine seasons in the NBA. The former 50th overall draft pick during the 2006 NBA Draft has never started more than 27 games in a season, but has had a career marred by injury.
Hollins played in 46 games for the Sacramento Kings in 2014-15, averaging 3.0 points and 2.2 rebounds per game. He has a 58.1 percent shooting percentage for his career which is pretty solid for a 7'0" center.
The Grizzlies already have a solid starting group with Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol patrolling the paint. The two starters have consistently averaged 30-35 points per game for the Grizzlies ever since the two started playing together.
Brandan Wright, Jeff Green, Jarnell Stokes, and JaMychal Green will see much of the action behind Randolph and Gasol this season. Hollins is another gritty veteran that could add some much needed depth to this young and inexperienced group.
The Grizzlies have been a dominant paint team since the start of this decade. Hollins provides some veteran experience that could help other rookie and sophomore players on the current Memphis roster.
Chris Herrington wrote today that Hollins' chances of sticking on the Grizzlies' roster would likely depend on their willingness to cut ties with Jarnell Stokes:
Twice this weekend -- after Friday's game and before Sunday's game -- Dave Joerger seemed to be stumping for journeyman veteran center Ryan Hollins to make the team. The Grizzlies already have a maximum 15 players under contract and any sober assessment of the roster would have to deem Stokes the most likely cut if the team wanted to free up a spot.
Hollins and Stokes are very different players: Stokes is a better rebounder despite being much shorter, is probably a better shooter despite that skill being very much in development and presumably has more capacity for growth.
Hollins is a finished product. A proven, reliable third-string-center type who provides a seven-foot frame around the rim defensively and a target above it offensively, where he's helped himself by converting 14 of 16 shot attempts so far this preseason. With Marc Gasol as otherwise the only real center on the roster, there's a case that Hollins represents a player type this team needs more than Stokes.
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