One of the biggest offensive issues for the Grizz is the lack of downtown fire.
Their No. 25 ranking was the sixth consecutive placement in the bottom third. Quincy Pondexter and Wayne Ellington were the only players who drained more than 37 percent from long range, and both appeared in fewer than 60 games.
Memphis must change the habit of shooting a meager amount of shots from beyond the arc after placing last for the third time in four years in three-point field-goal attempts. Signing Mike Miller, who took three per game last year—22.2 percent as many as the Grizz—helps.
As John Hollinger said, Tayshaun Prince, who attempted 1.1 threes per game, should take more of his scant number of shots from downtown. His career 37 percent clip from deep should represent an asset for Memphis.
Part of the problem is that the Grizz haven't discovered the magic of corner threes, even though they take a greater proportion than most. Memphis took 29.6 percent of their threes from the corners, which ranks eighth in the NBA. The Grizzlies shot 37.4 and 41.8 percent, respectively, from the corners.
Meanwhile, they shot 32.9 percent from above the break.
Some of their shooters take a disproportionate number above the break, despite being better from the corners. Jerryd Bayless made 43.8 percent from the corners, but took 28.4 percent from the corners. Mike Conley shot 45.1 percent from that area, but took only 17.4 percent from the corners.
However, Bayless and Conley are ball-handlers who can't be expected to take a great number of corner attempts, whereas spot-up shooters like Pondexter would take more than average. With that said, the point guard pair could be set up for a few more.
If the Grizz rotate the ball to Marc Gasol in the low post, he could kick it out to Conley or Bayless. Also, Conley is capable of driving hard and dishing out to Bayless in the corner.