The Memphis Grizzlies have a crop of appealing young talent, with Desmond Bane leading the charge. Outside of Ja Morant, he has been the most outstanding piece of their young core.
Despite being the last pick in the first round of the 2020 draft, Bane is shaping up to be a diamond in the rough. After an impressive sophomore campaign, his game has taken another step forward in year three. Through 11 games, the 24-year-old is averaging 24.7 PPG, 5.1 RPG, and 4.7 APG.
What has made Bane such a key piece for the Memphis Grizzlies is his ability to space the floor. Last season, only Luke Kennard of the LA Clippers had a better three-point percentage. His outside shooting has been so strong that it’s put him in the company of arguably the greatest shooter ever.
As it currently stands, Bane and Steph Curry are the only two players in league history to shoot above 42% from deep on at least five attempts per game.
Desmond Bane’s outside shooting is crucial for the Memphis Grizzlies
As he continues to emerge as an All-Star level player, Bane is proving to be a foundational piece in the Memphis Grizzlies’ future. Alongside Ja Morant, the two are rising up the ranks of the NBA’s top backcourt duos.
The Memphis Grizzlies have their superstar in Morant and need to build a roster that best complements them. Luckily for them, Bane is showing he is the ideal player to put next to the All-Star guard.
Morant is at his best when he’s getting downhill and displaying his out-of-this-world athleticism. For him to effectively attack the rim, he needs adequate floor spacing. Bane’s effective beyond-the-arc stretches out opposing defenses and gives Morant a reliable kick-out option.
Along with jumping out as an early favorite for Most Improve Player this year, Bane is also establishing himself as one of the NBA’s top three-point shooters right now.