The Grizzlies are three deep at point guard with talented players that are each 25 years old and younger. 22-year old Mike Conley will be the starter but he’s not a pure point guard by any means. He played in 80 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 32.1 minutes, 12.0 points, 2.4 rebounds, 5.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Conley has now played in 215 games (187 starts) in his 3 years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 30.0 minutes, 10.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 4.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game. Conley will have to play at a high level because the Grizzlies used a first round pick on a point guard to push him.
23-year old rookie Greivis Vasquez will open the year as Mike Conley’s back-up but he could really start pushing him for minutes in the second half of the year. Vasquez played in 33 games for Maryland last season and he averaged 33.9 minutes, 19.6 points, 4.6 rebounds, 6.3 assists and 1.7 steals per game. He played all four years in college at Maryland appearing in 136 games in which he has averaged 33.6 minutes, 16.0 points, 4.8 rebounds, 5.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game. Even if Vasquez comes off the bench all year long he will give the Grizzlies solid minutes.
25-year old Acie Law was signed on to be the #3 guy at point guard for the Grizzlies this year. Law played in 26 games (1 start) for the Warriors, Bobcats & Bulls last year in which he averaged 9.0 minutes, 4.3 points, 0.7 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game. He has now played in 137 games (8 starts) in his three years in the NBA and he has averaged 12.1 minutes, 3.7 points, 1.0 rebound and 1.6 assists per game. Law was a first round pick just three years ago so he might have an untapped upside.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE GRIZZLIES POINT GUARDS IN 2010-11: B-