Desmond Bane has been a valuable player with the Memphis Grizzlies from the start, and in the new season he is preparing to become even more so. The grizzly bears shouldn’t have caught the 23-year-old at all.
Every NBA GM makes decisions that they would like to take back later, especially if they stay in office for a long time. It’s inevitable in any sport, no matter how carefully and conscientiously you plan your steps. Even the best HR professionals aren’t immune to bad decisions.
Danny Ainge remained in the job for the conditions of this job for a very long time – from 2003 until last summer he worked at or led the Celtics front office. He made some good decisions, built the 2008 Championship squad, traded the 2017 No.1 pick (Markelle Fultz) for Jayson Tatum and another lottery pick.
But he too had his dropouts. You don’t have to go back long to find a glaring example – the 2020 Draft. At that point, Ainge and his team made a decision that seemed bad for the time being and has not improved since. . Why did Boston Desmond Bane go into rags?
Desmond Bane: Too old, too short …
First of all: the Celtics weren’t the only ones. If you look at the draft order from a certain range (Dallas at 18?), There are a number of teams that would be better off today with a move in Bane’s favor. From today’s perspective, it’s confusing how a player with obvious 3-and-D skills could drop to 30th place if exactly those skills are in demand everywhere. But that’s how it is sometimes.
It’s the old story: At 22 after four years in college, Bane was relatively ‘old’ for a rookie, his arms are unusually short, and compared to younger players, he had less room for himself. to improve. It wasn’t the first time a player has fallen for these reasons, and it won’t be the last.
What the Celtics did was always remarkable – because Bane actually fell to their knees. Boston picked three times in the first round: Aaron Nesmith was the 14th pick, Payton Pritchard called on the 26th, then Bane came in 30. The team needed to shoot around stars Tatum and Jaylen Brown, so the pick actually had resulted in an “old.” “And that means the rookies make sense.
But not for the Celtics. Boston gave – you can’t say it another way – the 30th pick and therefore Bane to Memphis, in return only two future second-round picks returned. And the Celtics got rid of Enes Kanter, who quickly landed in Portland. The Turk is playing in Boston again. And Memphis finds it hard to believe his luck so far.
NBA Draft 2020: the 18-30 picks
PositionTeamPick18Dallas MavericksJosh Green19Detroit Pistons (via Brooklyn) Saddiq Bey20Miami HeatPrecious Achiuwa21Philadelphia 76ersTyrese Maxey22Denver NuggetsZeke Nnaji23Minnesota Timberwolves (via New York) Leandro Bolmaro24Denver Nuggets (via Milwaukee) RJ Hampton25New York Knicks (via OKC) Immanuel Quickley26Boston CelticsPayton Pritchard27Utah JazzUdoka Azubuike28Minnesota Timberwolves (via Lakers) Jaden McDaniels29Toronto RaptorsMalachi Flynn30Memphis Grizzlies (via Boston) Desmond Bane
Desmond Bane in Memphis: a godsend
Bane was already afraid that he would not be able to improve himself much more to the point of absurdity. As a rookie, the Swingman found his way around Memphis without any starting issues: in a team without a lot of shots he was a good ground spacer from the start, hitting 43% of his lines and 47% of the corner. .
Bane took very little, but gave a lot: His use rate of just 15.5% clearly showed the Grizzlies’ small role in the offense, but Bane fulfilled it perfectly and was his defensive man as well. In his first season, he already looked like a valuable role player.
“We knew he was a high IQ boy who loved to work,” Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins told The Athletic. “He cares, he has the work ethic, he has the physical attributes. We’re not at all surprised [von seiner Entwicklung]. “
Desmond Bane shines in bigger role alongside Ja Morant
In the new season, he has significantly broadened his horizons. While his back-to-back colleague Ja Morant (rightly) dominates all the headlines, Bane is often the second option in the attack early in the season and an equally legitimate contender for the award for Most Improved Player (if second or third year professionals are legitimate.). He’s no longer a pure catch-and-shoot player, and in some cases Bane now takes on completely different tasks.
Bane studied players like Devin Booker or CJ McCollum during the summer and it shows in part: he learns more with the ball in hand, the proportion of his diplomas that he has created has increased considerably. He has already touched more pull-up jumpers (excellent 27/53) than on the entire previous season (23/53).
His effectiveness has diminished a bit in his new role, but remains significantly above average – and the three-man quota (currently 37.8%) is to be expected to increase. In the last three games he’s scored a combined 12/22 from downtown, overcoming a short cold streak in between.
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10th place: Tyrese Maxey (Philadelphia 76ers) – Stats 2021/22 (vs 20/21): 15.8 points (+7.8), 3.8 rebounds (+2.1), 4.7 assists ( +2.7), 49.0% of the land (+ 2.8), 38.5% of the city center (+8.4)
One of the biggest beneficiaries of all of Ben Simmons’ drama is undoubtedly Tyrese Maxey. He takes on the role of playmaker in Philly and does a really good job there – for example, he scored 31 points for the Bucks.
9th place: Harrison Barnes (Sacramento Kings) – Stats 2021/22 (vs. 20/21): 21.4 points (+5.5), 8.6 rebounds (+2), 2.6 assists (-0, 9), 49% of the land (-0.7), 42.5% of the city center (+3.4)
Barnes was already among the favorites for the MIP Award in the 2016/17 season – at the time it went to Giannis. Statistically, Barnes is at the top, but as a veteran he is an unusual candidate.
8th place: Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves) – Stats 2021/22 (vs 20/21): 25.9 points (+6.6), 6.2 rebounds (+1.5), 3.5 assists ( +0.6), 43% of the land (+ 1.3), 34.3 percent of the city center (+1.4)
Edwards has been said to have a bad work ethic and a lack of motivation, but you don’t see much of that. A jump is expected from the sophomore pros, but Edwards looks huge – see his 48-point gala against Golden State.
7th place: Dejounte Murray (San Antonio Spurs) – Stats 2021/22 (vs 20/21): 18.4 points (+2.7), 7.9 rebounds (+0.8), 8.2 assists decisive (+2.8), 44.5% of the land (-0.8), 33.3% of the city center (+1.6)
The Spurs playmaker is a hot candidate for a triple-double in almost every Texas game. On the offensive, Murray can now count on more reliable jump shot in addition to his game designer skills.
6th place: OG Anunoby (Toronto Raptors) – Stats 2021/22 (vs 20/21): 19.7 points (+3.8), 5.8 rebounds (+0.3), 2.9 assists ( +0.7), 41.9% of the land (- 6.1), 34.4% of the city center (-5.4)
The chances that Anunoby can follow in the footsteps of former winner Siakam are pretty good. The Englishman has done a lot in terms of scorers, but on the defensive, he continues to impress with his versatility.
5th place: Jordan Poole (Golden State Warriors) – Stats 2021/22 (vs 20/21): 17.8 points (+5.8), 2.9 rebounds (+1.1), 3.4 assists (+1.5), 43.8% of the land (+0.6), 32.2 percent of downtown (-2.9)
Jordan Poole played a major role in the Warriors’ season opener. The goalkeeper’s minutes will certainly dwindle after Klay Thompson’s return, but the youngster is sure to cause a sensation on the bench as well.
4th place: Tyler Herro (Miami Heat) – Stats 2021/22 (vs. 20/21): 20.9 points (+5.8), 5.3 rebounds (+0.3), 3.9 assists ( +0.5), 46.3% of the land (+ 2.4), 42.3% of the city center (+6.3)
In last year’s playoffs, Herro took a step back. At the moment, he looks a lot more like the bubble hero – he has even better cards for the Sixth Man Award.
3rd place: Cole Anthony (Orlando Magic) – Stats 2021/22 (vs. 20/21): 19.3 points (+6.4), 7.2 rebounds (+2.5), 4.9 assists ( +0.8), 44% of the land (+ 4.3), 39.1 percent of the city center (+5.4)
Cole Anthony is one of the biggest surprises on this list. In the rebuilding of Orlando, the playmaker can play freely – the improvement in the quota to three is particularly noticeable, especially since he throws a lot more than the previous year.
2nd place: Miles Bridges (Charlotte Hornets) – Stats 2021/22 (vs. 20/21): 21.3 points (+8.6), 7.5 rebounds (+1.5), 3.5 assists ( + 1.3), 43.8% of the land (- 6.5), 34.4% of the city center (-5.6)
Bridges has already won a player of the week award in the east. With his athleticism and spectacular games, he and LaMelo Ball brought the “Buzz” back to Buzz City.
1st place: Ja Morant (Memphis Grizzlies) – Stats 2021/22 (vs 20/21): 26.5 points (+7.4), 5.7 rebounds (+1.7), 7.3 assists (- 0.1), 48.5% of the land (+ 3.6), 34.5% of the city center (+4.2)
Ja Morant not only produces highlights like on the assembly line, but has also established himself as a true leader among the Grizzlies despite his young age. Morant is one of the league’s top scorers under the basket – and that as a relatively small PG.
Desmond Bane: Good enough for a long career
Bane doesn’t see himself as finished – and rightly so. He hardly comes to the free throw line now and is not yet in danger in the ring. “I want to be a better finisher, a better point guard, so I can play more with the ball and be a real goalscorer on three levels,” Bane told The Athletic.
These are big goals, and it remains to be seen whether the not-quite-explosive athlete Bane will achieve them. What is however already certain: he is one of the best players of his year and whose ensemble, even if it does not change much, will ensure him a long career in the league. This type of player can be required by any team, without exception.
Under normal circumstances, such a player in position 30 is already a draft steal. Under these special circumstances, it is even more than that for the Grizzlies.
Desmond Bane: his statistics in Memphis
SeasonGamesMinutesPointsFG% Usage rate20 / 216822,39,258,615,521 / 221829,115,856,920.8