Taylor Jenkins reveals what Grizzlies 'love' about Scotty Pippen Jr.

Mar 12, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Scotty Pippen Jr. (1) shoots during
Mar 12, 2024; Memphis, Tennessee, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Scotty Pippen Jr. (1) shoots during / Petre Thomas-USA TODAY Sports

After a 12-game absence from the rotation, the Memphis Grizzlies were able to get two-way guard Scotty Pippen Jr. back onto the hardwood Tuesday night against Charlotte.

Though his return unfortunately didn't surmount to much, as the club fell to the lowly Hornets by a final score of 110-98, one of the positive takeaways from the rather disgusting outing was that the 23-year-old seemed to play without limitations or any harmful residuals from his lower-back ailment.

Following the contest, coach Taylor Jenkins discussed his team's efforts on the night, noting that the Grizzlies simply "flat" on both ends of the floor, though, when it came to the play of Pippen, he highlighted the fact that his first game back on the floor further showcased what the team loves about his style of play.

Taylor Jenkins dishes on why Grizzlies 'love' Scotty Pippen Jr.

"His ability to get to the paint, touch the paint, come off the pick-and-rolls, close-out situations. He had 10 assists, I know he had a couple of turnovers [but] it's his first game in a long time. He was kind of finding his rhythm but he was able to get down, low center of gravity, [blow by] his defender and create advantages for us by touching the paint and then his ability to distribute I thought was really on point tonight. That's what we love about him, his ability to play that play-making role. He's got some scoring ability of course but the fact that he's embracing that play-maker role is impressive."

Taylor Jenkins

Throughout his tenure thus far with the Grizzlies, Pippen has proven himself to be a more traditional, pure point guard and has endeared himself to the franchise and fanbase as a result.

Right from the jump, he was more focused on getting his teammates clean looks at the rim rather than himself and wrapped the first half with five dimes, two of which came off impressive long-range passes to Jordan Goodwin for six points.

Getting the starting nod against the Hornets, the sophomore finished his night off with an impressive stat line of 9 points, 10 assists, 4 rebounds, 2 steals, and a block while shooting 50.0 percent from the field.

As a whole, Pippen is boasting averages of 10.3 points, 5.1 assists, 3.4 rebounds, and 1.1 steals on 47.8 percent shooting from the floor and 52.0 percent shooting from deep through nine games played with the Grizzlies.

Hopefully, over these final few weeks of the season, the point guard can continue to show his worth to the club by logging big minutes within Jenkins' rotation as he approaches free agency this summer.