For the rest of the month, GBB will be breaking down every Grizzlies player that logged double-digit game appearances for Memphis this season and what their games need moving forward. Welcome to the 2018-2019 Memphis Grizzlies Player Review series!
Wayne Selden Jr.
BY THE NUMBERS (GRIZZLIES ONLY):
32 games played (0 started), 14.2 mpg, 5.4 ppg, 40.4% shooting, 31.7% from 3, 98 offensive rating, 113 defensive rating, 5.4 PER, .014 win shares per 48 minutes
In some respects, Selden had his best year with the Grizzlies. He played in an overwhelming majority of the team’s games for the first time in his nearly 2 full seasons with the team. The injuries that kept him off the court in the early part of the 2017-2018 season were a thing of the past. Unfortunately, the good play that kept him off the floor towards the end of that season as the Grizzlies tried to secure better lottery positioning, also was a thing of the past.
The Grizzlies acquisition of Garrett Temple, Shelvin Mack, and Kyle Anderson reduced Selden’s spot in the rotation dropping him down to 14.2 minutes per game when he was averaging over 19 the previous campaign. Add in the fact that his game was just not as overall effective this season, and it was no surprise that Selden along with MarShon Brooks and future draft picks went to Chicago in the Justin Holiday trade experiment.
Wayne was unable to capitalize on the opportunities he got in Memphis, but was able to get some more run with Chicago, averaging 22.9 minutes per game and even starting 13 games due to injuries in the Bulls lineup. While Wayne had some improved numbers at times for Chicago, his stats would eventually fall back down to his career averages.
Wayne is a restricted free agent heading into this off-season and isn’t a very expensive contract, reportedly in the neighborhood of just under $2M. Even if the Bulls bring back all of their RFA’s they still will have over $40M in cap space, not counting what they do in the draft. Chicago is definitely a team in flux no matter how you look at it, and it remains to be seen what Wayne’s role is there moving forward.
I believe that one way or another Selden will be on an NBA roster to start next season. Whether it’s in Chicago or elsewhere, who knows. One thing I can say for sure, whoever brings Wayne into their community is getting a great person off-the-floor. Selden did great things for the people of Memphis as evidenced by this video put out by the Grizzlies about two weeks before he was traded to Chicago.
Regardless of his skills and numbers on the court, Selden always seemed like a quality human being. I hope wherever he ends up gets a chance to see that first-hand.