The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t make many moves this off-season, but the few moves that they did make were enough to keep them in contention in the Western Conference in the upcoming 2013-2014 NBA season. The addition of Mike Miller, making Dave Joerger their new head coach, and trading for Kosta Koufos are all huge improvements for this Grizzlies team.
However, the Grizzlies will still be looking to see if they can add some depth once training camp begins, looking at the players that they’ve invited and seeing if they could potentially add anything to what they’re trying to do. James Nunnally is one player that will have the chance to prove himself worth at Memphis training camp.
Nunnally played four years at UC-Santa Barbara before not being selected in the 2012 NBA Draft. In his senior season, the 6’7” forward averaged 16 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.8 assists and 0.7 steals in 33.7 minutes per game while shooting a solid 47 percent from the floor and 37 percent from long-range.
Nunnally also spent last season playing in the D-League for the Bakersfield Jam. In 49 games he averaged 10.3 points, three rebounds, 1.8 assists and 0.8 steals in just 19.7 minutes per game while shooting 43 percent from the field and a solid 40.6 percent from beyond-the-arc.
Though the Grizzlies have quite a few wing players already on their roster, he’s interesting because of his offensive ability on the wings, particularly his outside shooting ability. One of the Grizzlies’ biggest weaknesses last season was their inconsistent outside shooting from their wings, which is a big reason that they signed Miller. Nunnally could come in and prove to be a guy that could fill in if the veteran Miller is sidelined due to injury. It all depends on if he can reach his potential at camp and in the preseason, though.
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