Josh Selby: 2012-13 Season Preview

By Trisity Miller
Thomas Campbell-US PRESSWIRE

2011-12 stats: 2.3 ppg, .5 rpg, 1.1 apg, .347 FG%
Per 36 minutes: 9.6 ppg, 2.3 rpg, 4.6 apg

After playing limited minutes in 28 games last season for the Memphis Grizzlies, a break out year may be due for the second year guard. After being selected with the 49th overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft, Josh Selby is entering the 2012-2013 season as a tweener between the point guard and the shooting guard. After his display in the Las Vegas Summer League, it’s clear that, though he’s better while being ball dominant, his shooting and ability to create fits the team perfectly.

During the Summer League, Selby averaged 24.2 points per game. Shooting at quite a high volume, he maintained a great shooting percentages: .557 percent from the field, .889 percent from the free-throw line and a blazing .643 percent from behind the arc (27-42).

It’s hard to judge his performance as players such as Adam Morrison and teammate Jerryd Bayless put up amazing numbers in the Summer League.

The real problem with how Selby will be able to positively contribute to the Grizzlies is if coach Lionel Hollins will allow him to play his game and not keep him in the dog house. Last year, Hollins kept Selby on a leash as he was constantly yanked when poor decisions were made.

With O.J. Mayo gone, there is a huge need to fulfill the back-up point and shooting guard situations. Selby is talented enough to do both, yet more suited to play the two position. There will be questions on whether he can defend other shooting guards as he stands short at 6’2.

The one place where Selby can have the biggest impact is the three-point shot. Outside of Rudy Gay and Mike Conley, the team lacks a consistent three-point threat. If he can carry over his shooting from the Summer League, though at that volume would be asking a lot, he could guarantee himself a spot in the backcourt.

I expect Selby to provide quality depth to the back court this year and help replace Mayo. He’s going to go through his growing pains as he is still adapting to playing at an NBA level and if Hollins can allow him to grow and develop, the backup two guard could be all his.

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