JaMychal Green was a mid-season addition to the Memphis Grizzlies roster. He played just 139 minutes in 20 games, but the 24-year-old has some believing he belongs in the NBA.
Before the Grizzlies signed him, Green was averaging 23 points and 11 rebounds per game in the D-League. His athleticism and smooth midrange jumper made him a tantalizing prospect. And considering the Grizzlies' backup power forward troubles, it made sense to add him. Unfortunately, he played as many D-League games as NBA games.
In his 139 NBA minutes Green showed flashes of someone who deserved more playing time. He shot 58% from the field (64% from 2 point range and 0% from behind the arc) while playing both the power forward and center positions. He shot 90% around the basket while struggling form the rest of the floor. Despite those struggles, he has a nice form to his jump shot and good shot selection. With some coaching, he could become a nice weapon in the pick and pop next year.
If you're into Per 36 Minutes numbers he averaged 14 points and 10 rebounds. His leaping ability and long arms make him a rebounding machine. He may not be the same scorer he was in the D-League, but Green can rip some boards down.
Now, the Grizzlies have a decision to make. His non-guaranteed deal could become useful if the Grizzlies would like to start opening up roster space for free agents or a trade. Or they could keep him on the cheap deal they have now and actually give him a respectable amount of minutes next season so they can see if he is in fact good enough to be in a rotation.
Either way, I feel like we haven't scratched the surface with JaMychal Green.