The Memphis Grizzlies sent out an injury update Monday afternoon prior to their matchup against the Jazz. Luckily, both Omri Casspi and JaMychal Green will return within the next two weeks. As expected, Chandler Parsons will be reevaluated in the next two weeks.
Unfortunately, the Grizzlies’ wing depth took a massive dent, as Dillon Brooks will miss the next 6-to-8 weeks, after a nasty spill in Saturday’s win against Philadelphia. If you look at the stats, it doesn’t look like a huge blow to the Grizzlies, as the sophomore is averaging 6.8 points and 2.1 rebounds on a shooting line of 40.9/36.8/77.8. However, over the past several games, Brooks has provided a strong two-way presence with his aggressive defense and scoring — averaging 10.4 points in the 5 games prior to his injury, including two outings with 17 and 18 points.
For the first time in a minute, the Grizzlies do have wing depth behind Brooks, as you could expect Wayne Selden and MarShon Brooks to shore up his minutes. During this stretch, Selden will have to prove that he can consistently be a 3-and-D rotation player, something that’s been a knock on him since his arrival in Memphis. In addition, MarShon Brooks could also prove to be the “poor man’s Tyreke Evans” everybody likes to call him.
You could also expect the Grizzlies could look at their versatile two-way contracts, Yuta Watanabe and DJ Stephens, for some relief on the wings.
You hate to see this injury news, as Dillon Brooks could become a strong piece to build around both in the present and in the future. However, knowing Dillon, we can expect a strong bounce-back once the calendar flips to 2019.
Stats found on basketball-reference.