Tayshaun Prince contributing to Grizzlies’ offensive problems


Beckley Mason of ESPN wrote about the Grizzlies’ spacing problems since they traded Rudy Gay for Tayshaun Prince and Ed Davis:

"Prince has played two full games (66 minutes) without shooting a 3-pointer. You can’t be the small forward alongside Tony Allen and not shoot 3s. This is related to the previous bullets: Prince doesn’t hunt 3-point shots by waiting a stride behind the line so that he can step into a 3. He either waits with his toes on the line or creeps toward the paint, where a long 2-pointer is his only option. This should be an easy fix for Memphis."

This isn’t a surprise for those of us who have watched Prince closely over the last few years. This season, Prince ranks 11th among Pistons in 3-point attempts per minute, leading only Detroit’s centers (Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Viacheslav Kravtsov), a one-time backup center (Jason Maxiell) and someone who has played just 13 total minutes (Khris Middleton).

Prince is an above-average 3-point shooter, and he should take more shots from outside the arc, especially at the expense of his long 2s. Hopefully, Lionel Hollins can get him to do that.