Grizzlies rookie Nick Calathes played well at the point guard position during the month of February with Mike Conley, Jr. down. So well in fact, that he won Rookie of the Month honors for the month of February along with Orlando rookie Victor Oladipo. Here is what NBA.com said about why he won the award:
Calathes ranked second among Western Conference rookies in scoring (10.7 ppg) and assists (4.6 apg), and tied for second in rebounds (3.6 rpg). Among all first-year players, he ranked second in field goal percentage (.495) and steals (1.75 spg). Additionally, Calathes posted 10-plus points and five-plus assists in six straight games (Feb. 5-18), becoming only the fourth player in team history to ever post such a streak.
During the month, Calathes notched games in which he scored 22 points, 18 points, and 17 points. More importantly this was during a time in which the Grizzlies desperately needed somebody to step up at the point guard position with Mike Conley, Jr. down. If the Grizzlies go on to make the playoffs, the great play of Nick Calathes during the month of February might be something that we look back on as a very important and crucial part of their run to the playoffs. Congrats to Nick Calathes on this achievement!