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2018-19 Grizzlies Player Reviews: Tyler Dorsey

Mr. March lived up to the name but has some room to improve

NBA: Memphis Grizzlies at Portland Trail Blazers Steve Dykes-USA TODAY Sports


By the Numbers:

21 games (11 starts), 21.3 minutes per game, 9.8 points per game, 42.9% field goal shooting, 36.6% 3-point shooting, 13.1 PER, 108 offensive rating, 113 defensive rating


Season in Review:

Dorsey arrived in Memphis as more of an afterthought than an exciting addition at the trade deadline. Most fans were more excited to be getting rid of Shelvin Mack than acquiring Dorsey.

Known in college for his late-game heroics and 3-point shooting, Dorsey played pretty sparingly for the Atlanta Hawks for the better part of one and a half seasons before moving to Beale Street. Upon making his debut for the Grizzlies, Dorsey was able to make an impact mostly as a 2 guard. He showed a knack for putting the ball through the bucket, scoring a career high 29 points in a loss to Orlando on March 22nd.

NBA: Dallas Mavericks at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

What’s Next?

Mr. March has a one year qualifying remaining on his rookie contract as a restricted free agent and faces a fair degree of uncertainty regarding whether or not he will be back. The same can be said for many from this Grizzlies squad, but if he does return he could very well continue to have a good chance to prove he has a place in the NBA, whether it’s with Memphis or somewhere else long-term. Dorsey is a good 3-point shooter and isn’t afraid to attack the basket, both of which are valuable skills to have in today’s NBA.

Look for Dorsey to get chances at early playing time if he sticks around, to see how he fits into a new team and new coach’s schemes, and build on that for a potential career year, and potentially a longer stay in Memphis. He’s still only 23, so he would still fit into Memphis’ plans of a longer rebuild, if that indeed will be the plan.

Grade: B

All stats used found at basketball reference