So who is Grayson Allen? What will he bring to Memphis in his second year in the league?
Grayson was born October 8, 1995 (23 years old) in Jacksonville, Florida. He attended Providence School in Jacksonville where he led his team to a state title his senior year while being named a McDonald’s All American.
Side nugget: He also went on to win the McDonald’s High School All American Dunk Contest over his future Duke teammate, Jahlil Okafor.
Allen committed to Duke as a 5 star recruit, ranked 21 nationally overall and 6th at his position. DeAngelo Russell and Devin Booker were the only two notable at his position ranked ahead of him.
During his freshman season at Duke, Grayson averaged 4 points in 9 minutes of play, but in the 2015 NCAA Championship game, the Grayson Allen Show was born.
Allen never looked back from that night as he went on to average 21.6, 14.5, and 15.5 his three remaining season in Durham.
There is no argument that Grayson Allen was a great and entertaining college basketball player. He was polarizing due to the passion he played with. He was also controversial for that same passion.
During his sophomore season, Allen had multiple incidents on the court where he intentionally tripped someone, most notably Ray Spalding of Louisville. Entering his Junior year, he vowed to put the tripping behind him but over the course his career at Duke, Allen still found himself in the middle of dirty plays.
With his on court antics and his age being factors, Allen landed in the latter part of the first round of the 2018 NBA Draft.
In his rookie season, Grayson played in 38 games, starting 2, averaging around 10 minutes per game. In those sparse minutes, he averaged 5.6 points and 32% from 3. Nothing to drool over, but its hard to find a rhythm in the NBA if you aren't on the floor getting minutes.
In the final game of the regular season, Allen showed the league he could play, dropping a 40 piece on the Los Angeles Clippers:
I would have no reservations about Grayson Allen on the court for the Memphis Grizzlies. He is a guard that can shoot and will play hard 100% of the time. He can also play on ball as a playmaker as we saw in his Grizzlies Summer League debut.
The starting shooting guard job is up for grabs. Dillon Brooks is coming back from injury and is not the incumbent starter. Grayson could very easily make a push for the position, but may be better suited as a spark plug off the bench.
Memphis fans, get ready to fall in love with another player with the last name Allen for their heart and passion on the floor.