The Memphis Grizzlies are rolling right now. Because of that, they are unlikely to make any changes to their depth chart. Wayne Ellington remains the backup shooting guard to Tony Allen, but he is putting on quite an early-season performance.
Despite the Grizzlies' success, Allen has been struggling a bit. Always known for his defense, he is still playing well on that side of the court. However, with O.J. Mayo gone, the Grizzlies were hoping to get more offense out of Allen.
As it happens, however, Allen is playing the worst offense of his career. He is shooting just 35.3 percent from the floor and averaging just 6.6 points per game.
Behind him, Ellington has been superb offensively. Playing just over 17 minutes per game, the fourth-year guard is averaging better than eight points per game on 51.2 percent shooting. He has also been successful on 45.8 percent of his threes.
Even if he remains the backup to Allen, Ellington has skyrocketed in terms of value to this team, and his minutes and role will reflect that.