Would Shawn Marion to the Grizzlies make sense?
It certainly could. Marion is the equivalent of a Swiss Army Knife when it comes to his play style. He can drive, shoot, dribble, pass, rebound, block, steal, run, defend, and just about anything else you can think of. During his prime, he could do all that and more. Now that he’s aging (currently 36 years old) he has had to adapt his game to continue his NBA career, much like other vets in the league.
The question is–does it make sense to go for Shawn Marion at this point in his career?
I feel that the answer is yes. He can still do it all, even if it’s at a lesser rate. The guy is 36 years old and he played 31.7 minutes per game last year. Just to clarify: That’s insane. Most 36 year old players are lucky to be in the league. But to play 76 games in a season at over 31 minutes per game? Marion is still going strong.
If the Grizzlies are looking to contend in the near future, and could possibly get a player like Marion at a reasonable rate, then what is there to lose? Memphis doesn’t have a whole lot of cap space left, so there might need to be a sign and trade involved (Tayshaun Prince‘s contract), but that may not even be the case. Marion could help push the Grizz over the hump into title contention.
Marion is another player that fits the Grizzlies play style, in that he can defend well and wear other teams down. Marion can still score at this point in his career as well. He has a decent three point shot, although as you might know, it looks completely bizarre:
He also gets a lot of his points in the paint, since he still has the explosiveness to get the ball to the hoop.
The VC effect
One other factor why Shawn Marion to Memphis makes sense is due to a recent event. That event being the signing of Vince Carter. Carter played with Marion for the past couple of years in Dallas, and they appeared to have good chemistry. It would make sense for two capable, aging players to want to reunite for one last title push. Marion might take this into consideration when he makes his decision.
Shawn Marion looks to be a good option for the Grizzlies, even though they might be done hitting the free agent market. One more piece might further help Memphis as they continue to bulk up their roster with strong players. The Grizzlies may not pursue Marion, but he sure would be a good fit in Memphis.