So, as you might have heard, there’s new Grizz in town. Last week, the Grizzlies brought in veteran point guard Keyon Dolling, who has played for six other NBA teams, including most recently the Boston Celtics in the 2011-12 season. Dooling has never been an elite player, but he is a valuable role player, who has knack for hitting key shots.
It remains to be seen how much of Dooling we’ll see this season. With Bayless firmly established as the backup point guard, it might be difficult for Dooling to break into the lineup. My guess is, he’ll be brought off the bench for 10-15 minutes a game, where he’ll essentially have one job: to get open shots, and hit them.
Let’s be honest; Dooling isn’t the kind of player who opposing defenses are going to concern themselves with too much, he’s not a great athlete, and he has a fairly low usage rate. Dooling will essentially be a tool for the Grizzlies – not a main tool mind you – but a useful tool. At times, he could appear to be a relative afterthought, but once in awhile, we may see him heat up, and hit a few big shots in a row, and this will suddenly look like a great pickup.
So far, Dooling hasn’t done much. In two games, he’s scored only six points, and is shooting just .250 from the field. Fans shouldn’t panic, though. He hasn’t played all season, and is likely still struggling to find his shot back. Hopefully, in a few weeks he’ll be back on his game.
Best-case scenario is that Dooling becomes an essential role player on a deep playoff run. Worst-case scenario is he becomes Gilbert Arenas part 2. In any event, it’s a low-risk, medium-reward move, and Dooling’s experience alone means he may be able to do some good for the Grizzlies in the postseason.