Thursday, November 7, 2013

The Memphis Grizzlies Should Target Marcus Thornton

It is known across the NBA that the Memphis Grizzlies' forte isn't 3-point shooting; in fact, it's one of their weakest facets of their game. It was the Grizzlies' Achilles heel during their 2012-13 playoff run, where if they had a better 3-point shooting team, they would've made the NBA Finals. The only efficient 3-point shooter they had during the series versus the Spurs was Quincy Pondexter, who shot 40% from deep. Pondexter has become the perfect 7th man off of the bench for Memphis, playing the "3 and D" role.


The Grizzlies also have Jerryd Bayless, who is a rather inconsistent and streaky 3-point shooter off the bench. He shot an up and down 35% from the arc in the 2012-13 season. Then, there's the consistent Mike Conley, who's not a "knockdown" 3-point shooter but can contribute, with his career 37% mark from deep. The biggest threat from 3-point land they have is Mike Miller, who you never know how many games you're going to get out of.


One of the best shooters of the past decade, Mike Miller certainly is already helping the Grizzlies, as they have jumped from the 24th ranked to 17th ranked NBA team from the land beyond. The thing is ... last season, they shot 34.5% and this season, 34.4%; the Grizzlies haven't really improved, it's just other teams have gotten worse. The Grizzlies don't have any real threat that can light up the scoreboard with jump shots in their starting line-up and even the ones they do have on the bench, aren't that good.


Enter, Marcus Thornton. Known mainly as a shooter (he's a pretty darn good one too) and nothing much else, the Grizzlies could definitely use him. Thornton had a shooting line of 43/37/88 in the 2012-13 season (I know he only shot 37% from deep but that could easily be 40% or above if he improves his shot selection, which I believe he will with Memphis). He isn't much of a defender, but with Memphis being such a great defensive team, what's to lose if they have one guy who isn't as talented on the defensive end as the others are.The Memphis Grizzlies' championship window is closing and Marcus Thornton may be the one piece to put them over the top.

The Trade

Memphis Trades: Quincy Pondexter and use their $7,489,453 trade exception from the Rudy Gay deal to balance the salaries in this deal.

Sacramento Trades: Marcus Thornton

Explanation

I don't know about y'all, but this trade makes so much sense to me. Why? I already explained why it makes sense for the Grizzlies to do this trade, so the reason why this is a smart trade for the Kings is because their crowded backcourt gets somewhat cleared up and they get a better option to start at SF, compared to John Salmons and Luc Mbah a Moute (I didn't even look up how his name was spelled, nailed it on the 1st try!). Also, the Kings can clear some cap as well for whatever they want to use it for.

If I were the Grizzlies, I would immediately offer this and if I were the Kings, I would accept this trade in a heartbeat. This trade is beneficial for both teams.

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