The Memphis Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay in an attempt to address their bottom line and they hoped that in the process, they would be able to add an asset that could help them. They are in the midst of their best season ever and have high hopes for an extended playoff run (an article on the Grizz having their best season is HERE). Tayshaun Prince could be that guy as the veteran has already shown he can contribute to this team.
Prince shoots about half as often as Gay did, but shoots much better than him. Gay is a better rebounder, but Prince can defend and that’s what he brings to a playoff contender. It is worth noting the last time we saw Prince in the playoffs was back in 2009, and he struggled, but overall he does have a 12.5 points per game playoffs average.
Memphis has won eight of the ten games Prince has played in. While he has had a few outings where he really struggled shooting the ball, he still has an overall field goal percentage of .479. He has made four of 10 threes attempted for the Grizz, including four of the last seven. Memphis is 4-0 when Prince hits from downtown. He is hardly a star for this team, but they do not ask him nor need him to be a star. They need him to contribute on both ends of the floor and so far so good.