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Which Grizzlies young player will rise? Part Two

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The Grizzlies need someone to step up to help the team they have. Which young Grizzly will it be?

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This is the second part of the two part article. If you missed part one, click here to check it out.


Andrew Harrison: 2016 Stats- 20.5 MP, 1.9 TRB, 2.8 AST, 5.9 PTS

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Drafted in 2015, Harrison is the type of player who still can get to the next level. However, he got his fair share of NBA playing time last season. And, even though he was just a rookie, it was not very promising.

Andrew Harrison was known as a physical powerhouse who also could shoot above average in college. Except in the NBA, as of now he can’t shoot. Last season, he shot 27.6% from behind the arc and only an effective field goal percentage of 38.5%. He was given a shot behind Mike Conley for most of the year and really could never find his rhythm in the league. At times, Harrison even had problems making it up the court, but, in the end, had decent passing numbers, another trait that he had from college. Even on the defensive side of the ball, Harrison looks inept. He is constantly challenged time after time.

With the addition of Mario Chalmers (if he makes the roster), it will be interesting how these guards will all work out. Last year, we also saw glimpses of a Conley off-ball lineups last year that Coach Fizdale could implement this season. Harrison will be in line to be the next ball handler up. As much criticism as Harrison receives (from me), he still has untapped potential that could turn into something this year. He will definitely have the most opportunity to rise up to help Memphis this season.

Jarell Martin: 2016 Stats- 13.3 MP, 3.9 TRB, 3.9 PTS

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Two years into the league, Jarell Martin is going to have to show he is anything close to a decent NBA player. He is another young Grizzly that made multiple journeys up and down from the D league. That just is not going to get it done if he wants to contribute to the Grizzlies this season.

Martin will be one more big who will hope to take advantage of Randolph’s minutes. He and Deyonta Davis will likely be called upon a lot in the first few months of the season. Martin is a bit slower than Davis when it comes to athleticism, but Martin can pull the defense away from the rim with his newly founded three-point shot. With only a small sample size to show, he will have to conform to this “Spray N Pray” era of the NBA and knock down those shots.

Unfortunately, there may not be enough time for Martin to develop his skills in the NBA this season. Like Baldwin, his days may be repeated going up and down to the G-League this season.

Wayne Selden Jr.: 2016 Stats- 17.2 MP, 1.0 TRB, 1.1 AST, 5.0 PTS (in 11 games)

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Last, but certainly not least, there is Wayne Selden. Selden has had a hectic first year in the NBA. Still only 22 years of age, he has bounced around the league a bit but finding a home by signing a multi-year deal with the Grizzlies this July.

Selden will be the most likely candidate to make this second-year jump this season. He will be ready for more NBA minutes after having up and down playing time last season. Selden saw most of the last year on and off waivers before Memphis claimed him for the rest of the year. His ups were very promising as he proved to be a good defender that was always geared up to 100%. His tank felt like it never ran out.

The biggest con on Selden is, like many others, his three-point percentage. To become any competent shooting guard in this league, his shooting percentage has to get a lot better than his lowly 14.3% (yes, that low in 11 games) mark from last year. Yes, it is only 11 games, and, yes, he is an actual sharp shooter, however, the stats need to change if he wants to make the next jump.

The X-factor of Selden is the opportunity of automatically getting important minutes to start the season. With McLemore down for the first couple months, Selden should start at the 2. Yet a small sample size, it showed that Selden was ready for a bigger load this season. He evolved into a role that was not expected of him early into his tenure with the Grizz.

He will hopefully improve his three-point shot, and he will continue his ferocity on defense to contribute into the new season. Selden has the tools to become a go-to player early in the season. After the reps he needs, one would imagine that Selden will turn into a reliable player to contribute to this Grizzlies team.


In summary, the Grizzlies will need one of their young guys to step up and jump to the next level in order for this team to defy odds. Deyonta Davis has the most upside that could be unleashed with less depth in the front court, Andrew Harrison will have the most opportunity as the back up ball handler, and Wayne Selden will have the best shot to be the guy to rise up with his instant playing time to start the season in McLemore’s absence. Only time will tell.

All stats provided by Basketball Reference.