NBA Draft 2011: What Does Josh Selby Mean for Memphis Grizzlies Shooting Guards?
Are you kidding? Another guard?
The correct pick would've been power forward Vernon Macklin of Florida.
The 2010-2011 Memphis Grizzlies fought their way to their first-ever playoff series victory on the legs of only three viable options at the power forward and center positions: Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Darrell Arthur.
Meanwhile, they had a glut of guards both on the floor and on the bench. They include former lottery picks Mike Conley, O.J. Mayo and Xavier Henry as well as former first-rounders Greivis Vasquez and Tony Allen and also former second-rounder Sam Young.
In other words, Memphis didn't lack in guard talent, and the story is the same for this coming year.
And yet, owner Michael Heisley and GM Chris Wallace decided to use the team's only 2011 NBA draft pick on Kansas Jayhawks shooting guard Josh Selby.
I repeat: Are you kidding? Another guard?
While the Grizzlies severely lacked in quality three-point shooting in the playoffs, there was little need to go out and draft another shooting prospect.
Was the selection of Josh Selby the right one to make?
That's what Xavier Henry, 12th overall pick from the 2010 NBA draft, is for. Developing the huge amount of in-house talent would've been a much better idea than Selby.
With Vasquez fitting in perfectly right behind Conley at point guard, what does this mean for the three guys vying for shooting-guard minutes, in particular O.J. Mayo?
The only way the selection of Selby makes sense is if he, Mayo or Henry is moved for a big man. There is simply no need to have three quality shooting guards on the same roster when you have no depth in the frontcourt whatsoever.
But who really needs depth on the inside when you have Emeka Ofakor, Tim Duncan and Dirk Nowitzki to deal with in your division?
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