The Grizzlies have been one of the worst three-point shooting teams in recent years. In each of the last three years, they placed in the bottom 10 in that category. Last season, they placed 25th with a 32.6 percent mark. They also shot threes infrequently, placing 28th with 12.9 three-pointers per game.
O.J. Mayo, Mike Conley and Gilbert Arenas were the only relevant three-point shooters on the team.
The small-market franchise acquired Wayne Ellington from the Minnesota Timberwolves to boost three-point shooting off the bench. While Ellington shot just 32 percent last season, he knocked down 39.5 percent and 39.7 percent in his first and second seasons, respectively.
Ellington, who turns 25 just before the season starts, should be able to bounce back in his new environment.
Josh Selby can hit three-pointers. He connected on 45.5 percent of three-pointers in his eight D-League games last season. He hit just above 70 percent from three in the summer league. While these aren't NBA numbers, the extraordinarily high rates show that he can knock down three-pointers.
Jerryd Bayless was a terror from three-point range last season, hitting 42.3 percent.
The three-point shooting ability of these reserves will not only boost the offense while the starters are resting, but also ensures that Mike Conley isn't the only one who opponents need to game-plan for beyond the arc.