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Memphis Grizzlies 2016-2017 Player Grades: Wayne Selden Jr.

Well, Selden was better than Toney Douglas right?

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Wayne Selden Jr. Stats:


Points Per Game 5
Points Per Game 5
Assists Per Game 1.1
3-Point Shooting Percentage 14.30%
Offensive Rating 93
Defensive Rating 112
Net Rating -19
Player Efficiency Rating 6.2
Usage Rate 16.1
Assist Percentage 9.90%
Win Shares Per 48 Minutes -0.001

Wayne Selden Jr. signed with the Grizzlies on March 17th, 2017. He was with the team for 13 games before the playoffs began; he played as a backup wing for much of his time with the Grizzlies, starting some games in the playoffs. Selden is a rookie who started the year with the New Orleans Pelicans, for this player profile I will only be analyzing his play as a Memphis Grizzly.

Selden replaced Toney Douglas after Douglas struggled to provide the spark the team needed off the bench. Douglas was signed after fulfilling two 10-day contracts with the Grizzlies before the second half of the season started. After Douglas was released, Selden was then picked up and slowly took control of the back-up wing position. Wayne Selden became the best option we had at that position.

Through the last six games of the season Selden averaged 27.5 minutes a game and scored in double figures three of the six. He established himself as a decent defender and a spark in transition, though he struggled shooting the ball. The duo of Selden and Harrison was an optimistic duo for Grizzly fans, but didn’t seem feasible until late in the playoff series versus the San Antonio Spurs.

Wayne Selden Jr. really well as reserve in the playoffs. He sparked the offense a few times and gave much needed rest time to the starters. He spent much of the series guarding Kawhi Leonard which we all know is no small task. There was a small sample size from which to analyze Selden, but he used his time on the court to prove himself as a legitimate NBA player.

Best Game:

Wayne Selden Jr.’s best game came in Game 3 of the playoff series versus the Spurs. Game 3 was the infamous #TakeThatForData game, a must win after being embarrassed in the previous two games. Selden played a bench high 28 minutes in the game (also the most minutes he played in any game of the series) and took nine shots. Though he was only 4-9 from the field, he was 2-4 from the three-point line.

His plus/minus was +11 for the game, he simply had a great game overall. He came off the bench and didn’t play like a rookie for the first time all season. He took open shots and didn’t force the ball on offense. He defended Kawhi who he held to just 18 points and four free throw attempts. He had no turnovers and even contributed one block.

The Grizzlies won the game easily and evened the series in the next game. Selden was a huge part of the win in Game 3 because of his maturity and confident play.

Ways to Improve:

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Wayne Selden needs to shoot better. You saw it in the chart above, he shot 14.3% from the three-point line. That is truly terrible. He has the capability to shoot the ball at a high percentage, he made a college career of it. As he logs more minutes and becomes comfortable with the NBA speed, he will shoot better. But if he wants to create a consistent career in the NBA, his shooting must improve. His explosiveness in transition was noticed by most of the league and his defense is notable. Moving forward, jump shots will need to fall early and often.

2016-2017 Overall Grade:

Wayne Selden Jr. did’t have much to have to rise over to be considered a success. Toney Douglas did not work out, Andrew Harrison wasn’t contributing much either, so he didn’t have high expectations. With that being said, grading him is a little different. With low expectations and no real track record to base his ability at the NBA level off of, Selden’s potential was wide open.

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There are a couple of different angles to consider as well: the shooting was terrible, defense was acceptable, athleticism proved beneficial, and he worked well with the Grizzly system. He just didn’t contribute that much overall. I liked him off the bench more than a starter, and he needed help from his teammates to contribute anything at all.

Selden helped to improve the bench more than Douglas did, so I’ll give him that. He was also just a smidge better than Harrison. But he has a long way to go in sophomore NBA season.

Grade: C-

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