After spending his first three and a half seasons in Detroit, Austin Daye came to Memphis as part of a package in exchange for Rudy Gay and Hamed Haddadi. However, his stint as Grizzly would be short lived. He played the second half of the 2012-2013 season coming of the bench, and the Grizzlies declined to re-sign the 6'11'' 200 pound forward.
Daye failed to contribute anything significant to the Grizzlies. He scored four points a game in 10 minutes off the bench. Unfortunately, anything positive Daye provided offensively he canceled out on the defensive end. Too weak to guard power-forwards and too slow to guard small-forwards, Daye finds himself in between positions. When he was traded to Memphis, Grizzlies fans thought they may have found a solution to their 3-point shooting problem, but Daye shot a measly 34 percent from long range. Unable to provide anything else, Daye's minutes slowly dwindled until averaging only five minutes per game in the playoffs.
Daye will find himself on an NBA roster somewhere next season. He beams with potential. He has the build of a Kevin Durant, but he can't produce even of fraction of Durant's clip. Best case scenario for Daye, he needs to shoot the ball in game as well as he does with no one guarding him. He could also add some weight to give him a better chance defensively, and he could even develop a post game. Whatever he does, it will have to be in a different uniform other than the Grizzlies'.
Season Grade: C-
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- 2012-2013 Memphis Grizzlies Season Grades: Jon Leuer
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