The Memphis Grizzlies are still in a fight with the Denver Nuggets and the Los Angeles Clippers to see who can take the three and four-seeds in the Western Conference and which team will be on the road in the first round in the five-seed. The Grizzlies are continuing to play stifling defense and win ugly games, things that have made them successful.
However, the recent play of Quincy Pondexter has really been a problem for the offensively-challenged Grizzlies. Since the departure of Rudy Gay, the Grizzlies have really struggled to get consistent production from the backup small forward position, whether it be from Pondexter or from Austin Daye.
Head coach Lionel Hollins eventually settled on giving Pondexter the role as the primary backup. However, Pondexter has been largely underwhelming with his production this season. In 21.4 minutes per game, he has averaged 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game, while shooting 43 percent from the field and 40.6 percent from long range.
To make the situation even worse for Memphis, Pondexter’s production has declined as the season has progressed. For instance, his last 10 games have been absolutely atrocious. Over that span, he has averaged 20 minutes per game and has averaged just 5.3 points, 2.3 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game. He has also shot just 37.5 percent from the field and 31.6 percent from three over the Grizzlies’ last 10 games.
As the Grizzlies look forward to their potential run in the NBA Playoffs, they have to seriously consider cutting the minutes of Pondexter. They could potentially give them to Daye, who played well when he was given any kind of opportunity earlier in the season.
They could also work more of a platoon with their other guard/forwards as well. Whatever they choose to do, though, Pondexter has definitely not done anything this season to earn the minutes he has been playing.