The Grizzlies suddenly have a lot of quality depth at shooting guard behind starter O.J. Mayo and that’s a good thing. 22-year old O.J. Mayo played in all 82 games (82 starts) for the Grizzlies last season and he averaged 38.0 minutes, 17.5 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.0 assists and 1.2 steals per game. He has now played in 164 games (all starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he has averaged 38.0 minutes, 18.0 points, 3.8 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game. Mayo is very dependable and he’s very consistent which is two qualities the Grizzlies’ front office savors about him.
The Grizzlies signed 28-year old Tony Allen to back up Mayo this year. Allen played in 54 games (8 starts) for the Celtics last season and he averaged 16.5 minutes, 6.1 points, 2.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. He has now played in 336 games (82 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 18.4 minutes, 7.2 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Allen can also back up at small forward and he has been looking for minutes so don’t be surprised if he really excels for the Grizzlies.
Rookie 19-year old Xavier Henry will likely be brought along slowly by the Grizzlies. He played in 36 games at Kansas last season and he averaged 27.5 minutes, 13.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 1.5 assists per game. Henry also shot 41.8% from three point range last season at Kansas.
PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE GRIZZLIES SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2010-11: B+