A huge void has been left with the departure of O.J. Mayo. He was the Grizzlies' best bench player and a source of instant offense from the perimeter. There are a few players on the roster that have the talent to step up, but none are as proven as Mayo.
The Grizzlies also need someone to provide consistent minutes in relief of Mike Conley. Here are the contenders:
He is a lightning-quick combo guard, but he has struggled to find consistency as a point guard. That's because that's not what he is. Bayless is a scorer, and he's shown consistent improvement in that area. He's raised his scoring average in each of the four seasons he's played in the NBA.
Last season, he averaged 11.4 points in 31 games for Toronto. He comes to Memphis with the best shot at filling the void left by Mayo.
Selby is similar to Bayless in that he's an undersized shooting guard. At 6'2", his position seems to be at the point, but his skill set doesn't match. He also doesn't shoot the ball from distance exceptionally well. In 2011, he only made 35 percent of his shots from the field and 13 percent of his three-point attempts.
Until he proves he can knock down the three consistently, he doesn't deserve to beat out Bayless for minutes.
Shooting is supposed to be Ellington's forte, but his three-point percentage dipped a bit last season. While still with the Minnesota Timberwolves, Ellington made a career-low 32 percent of his threes. That isn't good for a guy that doesn't do anything else really well.
If he could knock down shots consistently, he'd drastically increase his chances for playing time.
Wroten can't shoot the ball at all, but he is an amazing athlete with the size and skills to play both backcourt positions. He can be a stat sheet stuffer, and if he commits to defending he'll get minutes. In his only preseason action he had seven points, four rebounds, four assists and two steals.
Unfortunately, he did it it on only 28 percent shooting from the field.
Wroten and Bayless deserve the opportunity to log the majority of the reserve minutes behind Conley and Tony Allen. They could be a nice tandem because Wroten's size and ability to handle the ball would allow Bayless to play shooting guard on offense and guard point guards on the other end.
This would be a nice, athletic and youthful reserve backcourt.