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2012-2013 Memphis Grizzlies Season Grades: Tayshaun Prince

June 10th, 2013 at 12:53 PM
By Hunter Field

Tayshaun Prince appeared in 37 games for the Grizzlies after coming to the Memphis Grizzlies in a trade for Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi.  He averaged eight points, two assists and four rebounds.  Obviously, his numbers aren't amazing anyone, but he had some good moments. Prince has two more years left on what might be his final contract.  He's owed just south of $15 million in those years. He could get moved with the next year or two if the Grizzlies can acquire another small forward.

'Tayshaun Prince' photo (c) 2008, Keith Allison - license: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/2.0/

When Prince came to Memphis from Detroit, fans looked at his career averages and expected a great defender and three-point shooter.  However, Prince's career shooting averages are deceiving. He only takes wide-open-corner threes, but he is a great defender (four-time NBA All-Defense). He played stellar defense on Kevin Durant, and averaged 11 points throughout the playoffs.  Unfortunately, the Spurs punished Memphis for not having outside shooting in their starting lineup. San Antonio just doubled down on Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph to force Tony Allen or Prince to beat them with jumpshots. Prince struggled and shot 36% from the field and 26% from three.  Unfortunately, the Grizzlies will never have much playoff success without improved perimeter shooting. Teams have realized they can just pack the paint to win. Prince, who will be going into his 13th season, most likely won't improve much from distance, but maybe he will.  It's likely Grizzlies fans will see a similar Tayshaun Prince next year, who plays less minutes at the hands of Quincy Pondexter.  

 

Season Grade: B-

Tags: Basketball, Memphis, Memphis Grizzlies, NBA, Tayshaun Prince

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