Memphis Grizzlies: What Do Josh Selby's Tours in NBDL Mean?

Tom FirmeAnalyst IIApril 11, 2012

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Memphis Grizzlies guard Josh Selby has gone back and forth a bit between the NBA squad and its NBDL affiliate, the Reno Bighorns. He’s made three brief tours with the Bighorns this season. Some may wonder what this means for Selby.

Selby hasn’t played much for the Grizzlies this season. He’s averaged 8.8 minutes per game in 23 games. In that time, he’s only scored 2.3 points per game and dished out 1.2 assists per game. His career high to this point is only nine points, and he’s only scored more than five points five times.

Also, he rarely plays a significant amount of minutes for the Grizzlies, appearing for 15 or more minutes only four times this season.

Lionel Hollins told The Commercial Appeal that Selby went to the NBDL to get more playing time, which he couldn’t count on while playing behind Mike Conley and Jeremy Pargo, who has started when Conley has been injured.

Selby did receive more playing time in Reno. He averaged 34.3 minutes per game, playing more than 35 minutes in four of his eight games for the Bighorns.

He showed flashes of brilliance in his NBDL action. Against the Idaho Stampede, Selby posted a triple-double, with 32 points, 10 rebounds and 10 assists. In the season finale, he scored 38 points while posting nine assists and seven rebounds.

His 25.1 points per game showed that he can put up a good amount of offense when he gets the chance to breathe in game action.

The one-time blue-chip recruit languished at Kansas for a year before being drafted by the Grizzlies in the second round. He blew up in exhibitions during the lockout, putting up numerous points and throwing down highlight-reel dunks.

His silence at the NBA level might have disappointed some who were excited by his displays in exhibitions.

Fans shouldn’t expect to see Selby play too much as the season winds down. He might play a dozen minutes in a few of the remaining games. However, since the Grizzlies' playoff rotation is basically set, Gilbert Arenas and Jeremy Pargo will receive more backup minutes at point guard than Selby.

Selby likely won’t see much time in the playoffs.

Still, he will be able to say that his playing time in the NBDL meant something. He was able to showcase his skills and gain confidence in his ability against live competition. Also, he gained some post-college playing experience that he wouldn’t have received on the Grizzlies bench. This surely will benefit him as the season winds down and he prepares for the next one.