Don’t put too much stock into this. Or any of their preseason games.
While it was nice seeing Memphis win a couple games last week, remember that it’s still just preseason and these games are nothing more than tune-ups to get the team back into playing shape.
The Grizzlies looked exactly like we expected them to in preseason. Rough. Kyle Anderson and Marc Gasol didn’t shoot well. JaMychal Green didn’t even shoot it once. Jaren Jackson Jr. played well when he wasn’t busy fouling everyone in sight.
So what grades did our Grizzlies get?
Jaren Jackson Jr. : C+
In twenty minutes of action, Jackson logged a solid 10 points, 5 rebounds and 2 blocks. Unfortunately in those twenty minutes he also fouled out of the game, which explains his grade. Since his debut in Summer League, it’s clear that the rook oozes potential, but he has a long ways to go in terms of adjusting to the nuances of professional ball. We should expect to see Jackson show progress throughout his first season, we just have to be prepared that we will also see performances like this.
Marc Gasol: C-
Yeesh. Another game, another rough night for Big Spain. 2-9 for 10 points, 0-3 from three-point range. He did have 9 rebounds and 5 assists which is encouraging, but by now we’d be hoping for better performances shot-wise. It’s still preseason which means that everything should be taken with a grain of salt, but let’s hope Gasol shakes off the rust by the time that games actually matter.
Wayne Selden: D
Another game, another rough night for Selden. He has needed to make a good impression, with the rotation suddenly looking crowded. Shooting 25% and failing to make much of an impact anywhere else won’t help his case. Hopefully he can step up his performances when the regular season hits, but tonight wasn’t a step in the right direction.
JaMychal Green : D
Michael Scott from the Office once said “you miss 100% of the shots you don’t take”. Green obviously never heard this quote. If he had, maybe he would have decided to actually try to score. Oh well.
Dillon Brooks: C
Brooks had another solid but unspectacular performance. Not much in the way of excitement, but excitement isn’t what we’re expecting from Dillon right now. I’m fine with that.
Shelvin Mack: B-
Mack continues to play well as Memphis’ new backup point guard. He’s shooting well and taking care of the ball. If he continues to play like this, Andrew Harrison’s role is very much in jeopardy and that should worry him.
While tonight didn’t go Memphis’ way, the Grizzlies still have time to improve before the season begins. The team we have is much better than what we saw tonight.