With the departure of Nick Calathes from the team, the Memphis Grizzlies will be pressed to find a quality back-up point guard in order to give starter Mike Conley his due rest during the regular season so he can be fresh and ready to go for a deep playoff run.
Luckily for the Grizzlies, they may have discovered a player capable of coming in and making an impact for a team looking to contend for a championship in undrafted point guard Scottie Wilbekin.
Wilbekin played his entire college career at the University of Florida, and was an important player for the team due to his toughness and physicality to go along with this high basketball IQ on both ends of the floor. Wilbekin showed some of those same things for the Grizzlies during the 2014 NBA Summer League in Orlando.
Wilbekin did a great job of coming in and leading the team when he was on the floor to many scoring opportunities and quality defensive stops. Wilbekin is a two-way player, able to get into the lane and either score or find his teammates for easy buckets, as well as step up on defense and lock down the opposing team’s point guard. Wilbekin has great size for the position which really helps him to be a force on both ends of the floor. Wilbekin is the kind of tough-nosed guard that the Grizzlies will need to make another run this upcoming postseason.
While Wilbekin is not the greatest shooter from the outside, he does not necessarily have to be a deadly shooter from deep in order to make an impact for the Grizzlies. Wilbekin is a quality defender and adds to the toughness that the Grizzlies already possess, not to mention he is experienced and is not a young pup on the basketball court. Wilbekin can come in and give the Grizzlies minutes off the bench right away, which is something the team will need desperately going forward.
Wilbekin is not going to light up score boards or stuff stat sheets, but he does not have to with the Grizzlies. Wilbekin just needs to be a solid player on both ends of the floor who limits turnovers and helps his teammates keep improving and growing. Wilbekin can do that, and the Grizzlies would be wise to sign him for the upcoming season. His upside may be limited, but the Grizzlies have never really been about upside. They want players who can come in and make an impact right now, and Wilbekin is capable of doing that and more.