On August 7th, the Memphis Grizzlies signed journeyman guard Shelvin Mack, who was waived by the Orlando Magic on June 25th.
— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) August 7, 2018
Mack is 28 years old and played his college ball at Butler. Mack has played for 5 different teams since joining the NBA. Most recently, he spent the 2017-2018 season in Orlando, where he played in 69 games and started 3. In his 7 years in the league, Mack has averaged 57 games per season. He experienced playoff basketball in 4 different campaigns, 3 with the Atlanta Hawks (’13,’14,’15) and 1 with the Utah Jazz (’17).
Shelvin owns career averages of 6.4p/2.0r/3.1a while shooting 42%/74%/32%. Those averages are an accurate depiction of the statistical production you can expect from him, as there is not much deviation across his career (blogboy nerd alert). He led the Magic in assists last season, capitalizing on the opportunity presented to him after the Magic shipped Elfrid Payton off to Phoenix.
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) April 23, 2018
In a postseason article written by the Magic’s SB Nation site, Pinstriped Post, he was described with these words:
He values the basketball and provides a steadying presence, while being able to play both guard positions in a pinch.
This certainly isn’t the description of a flashy player, but of one who understands what it takes to be able to fill in gaps and make his teammates better. He also will likely be pretty cheap. He has never made more than $6 mm in a season. The Magic didn’t even want to pay that again, as they cut him this Summer, which allowed them to only pay him 1 of the $5mm he was due to make next season.
Based on this description of Mack, here is one stance that you could take on the signing:
Shelvin Mack fits the criteria we've seen the Grizzlies emphasize as they build: Maturity, Positivity, Leadership, Mentorship.
He's a solid player but, as w/ Temple & even Anderson, a high-IQ, positive locker room example. Having been w/ asst coach @NBAcoaching in ORL helps too.
— Peter Edmiston (@peteredmiston) July 20, 2018
Or you could begin the head scratching after seeing this:
what in the hell kinda magnetic force just stole this ball from shelvin mack pic.twitter.com/WUn7Tew6TN
— Whitney Medworth (@its_whitney) March 16, 2018
As a Grizz fan, I am going to blindly assume (hope) that this is the version we will will witness this season; this time for the Grizzlies instead of against:
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) November 2, 2017
Defense wins championships, right?
"…aggressive, durable and fearless."
— Orlando Magic (@OrlandoMagic) July 10, 2017
I see this move as the front office not fully buying into their 2nd round pick from this summer, Jevon Carter. Carter is a cheap guy to have on the back end of the roster, but I don’t see where he will get minutes.
The point guard depth chart keeps increasing – Conley, Harrison, Mack, Carter – plus the Grizzlies have added Anderson and Temple this off season, both of which can play point. This team will truly have ball handling depth that we have not seen in Memphis in recent years.
Finally, this transaction likely means that on opening day Memphis will be short either Andrew Harrison or Wayne Selden as the Grizzlies need to free up a roster spot for Mack. As always, I encourage you to check out Early Bird Rights if you have any salary questions.
To find out more about what the #BackdoorCut crew thinks about this signing, listen here.