2. David Roddy
With the departure of Dillon Brooks this summer, the Grizzlies now find themselves with a major rotational question mark when it pertains to who coach Jenkins will opt to thrust into the starting wing position as his successor.
Though there have been many ideas presented by both fans and media pundits alike over the last several months regarding what the Grizzlies should do, perhaps the most oft-suggested course of action has been to simply promote promising sophomore David Roddy into the first five lineup.
So far this preseason, he only seems to be strengthening his case for the coveted gig.
After putting forth a solid rookie campaign, the 22-year-old has come out guns a-blazin’ as he approaches year two, posting impressive averages of 10.5 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists on a highly efficient 54.8 percent from the field and 35.7 percent from distance in 96.4 total minutes played (the most on the team thus far).
From his shooting stroke and playmaking to his sheer aggressiveness, it’s evident that the forward feels more comfortable in the pro system than he did during year one and is now looking to thrust himself to the front of the line for the starting three spot.
Frankly, he would almost certainly be a shoo-in for the role already if it wasn’t for one other individual (more on that in a bit), but perhaps yet another strong showing in Friday’s finale could be what he needs to finally clinch the job for himself.