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2020 NBA Draft Profiles: Reggie Perry

The Memphis Grizzlies face a unique situation if Reggie Perry is on the board when their name is called.

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Reggie Perry, Forward, Mississippi State University

  • 6’9”, 7’0.5” wingspan, 250 pounds, 20 years old
  • 2019-20 Season Stats (Sophomore season): 31 games played, 31.1 minutes played, 17.4 points per game, 10.1 rebounds, 2.3 assists, 50% shooting from the field (32% from three), and 76.8 from the free throw line.
  • ADVANCED STATS STRENGTHS: Usage (28.6), Offensive Box Plus/Minus (6.7)
  • ADVANCED STATS WEAKNESSES: Effective Field Goal Percentage (53.1), Defensive Win Shares per 40 minutes (.066).
  • CURRENT BIG BOARD RANKINGS: Tankathon (27th), ESPN (53), The Athletic (54).

The Memphis Grizzlies could enter a unique situation if Mississippi State forward Reggie Perry is still on the board come draft night. The 6’9” Power Forward was the workhorse for the 11-7 Bulldogs in the 2019 season. Earning Co-SEC Player of the Year Honors in his sophomore season with the Bulldogs, Perry led Mississippi State in scoring and rebounding.

Versatility was a huge key in Perry’s leap from his freshman season, to his sophomore season last year. Perry was able to develop a post game, and his IQ opened up the floor in certain situations throughout games for Perry. The 250-pound forward worked well in screen and roll action, and was able to pop as well in those actions. While Perry didn’t shoot a ton of three’s last season, he shot 35% from the top of the perimeter in his sophomore season.

If Memphis were to move on from Gorgui Dieng this offseason, Perry presents immediate help off the bench for Memphis. His versatility and size will pair well with Brandon Clarke and Jaren Jackson Jr.

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What he does well:

While the fit doesn’t make sense at the moment, Perry does a lot of things well that would have him fitting in Memphis just fine on day one. One thing that Perry does well - crashing the boards. Per 36 minutes last season, Perry would’ve averaged 11.7 rebounds per game, and averaged a little over 10 in his 31 appearances last season.

Another thing Perry does well - making the most out of his minutes. Perry possessed an offensive box plus-minus of 6.7 last season. Cutting back door, or just finding his spot throughout each offensive possession, Perry was solid this season being the main guy for the Bulldogs.

What he needs to improve:

While he is extremely efficient on the offensive end, one thing that Reggie Perry will need to improve on to make the leap to the NBA would be his defense. Last season, Perry had a 1.8 defensive plus-minus for Mississippi State. Not only that, Perry rated a 97.5 in defensive rating category in 2019. His length and athleticism give scouts hope that, when on a good roster, that his defense will come in time, but that is the big concern for Perry as he transitions into the NBA.

Another thing that isn’t too much of a concern for Perry, but is when strictly looking at statistics, will be his field goal percentage. For a big man, 50% isn’t ideal, but being the workhorse at Mississippi State, Perry was forced to be the offense in most cases, so that means taking shots that aren’t high percentage — nor comfortable for the 6’9” forward out of Mississippi State.

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The Fit and Verdict

For Perry, there are a lot of teams ahead of Memphis in the 2021 NBA Draft that are eyeing Perry. His still set, combined with his upside, could lead to a bright NBA future. For Memphis, taking Perry with their 40th pick in the draft could mean the Grizzlies are looking to move on from some veterans on the current roster.

Perry would likely spend his first season in the G-League with Jason March and the Memphis Hustle in Southaven, which is understandable.

Fit and verdict: I expect Perry to be off the board before Memphis’ second round pick. Even if Memphis takes Perry, it will be telling to the current veterans on the roster that Memphis could be moving on from them either this offseason, or in the 2021 season. Perry fits, but for growth purposes, expect Memphis to pass on him - that is, if Perry is still on the board.

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