It was reported yesterday that the Grizzlies are signing EuroLeague shooting guard Marko Guduric to a two year deal. Guduric is a 6’6″ 24 year old who plays both the shooting guard and small forward positions. Guduric spent the last two seasons playing for the Turkish team Fenerbahce after going un-drafted in 2017.
Guduric was the fourth leading scorer on his team that included Nicolo Melli, who will be suiting up for the New Orleans Pelicans after agreeing to a deal with them recently. You can find more stats on Guduric HERE.
Guduric is an average EuroLeague defender who is decent at playing help defense. There is however a concern about his speed and lateral movement against the faster paced NBA caliber player.
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Athletically, he is above average for his current competition. His outside shot — 47% from three on three attempts per game last season — is his strength. He also has experience in the ever-important pick-and-roll action. Without access to too many advanced stats, it appears than he has some off the dribble shot creation ability, but also is mostly efficient when he is open on the perimeter.
Guduric projects as a (possibly deep) bench player on a good NBA roster. Many of the NBA player comps out there for him include Bogdan Bogdonavic, who has turned into a solid player for the Sacramento Kings over the past few seasons since coming to the NBA.
The Grizzlies have seemingly never had enough shooters — an area that they will certainly need to bolster with the new pace and space offense that the coaching staff is looking to run. That’s why they made a last-ditch effort to add wing depth last year when bringing Justin Holiday on board at a much too high price.
If this move is true, it increases the roster crunch on the wings that is already in full force. It makes it less likely that we will see Kyle Korver ever suit up for the Grizzlies. It’s also safe to say that Tyler Dorsey has played his last game as a Grizzly for this time around. Guys like Dillon Brooks and Grayson Allen have plenty of competition for minutes. It will be interesting to see how new Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins manages this updated roster.
Zak (@BarnBurnerBro) is a native Memphian who covers the Memphis Grizzlies, Tigers, and St. Louis Cardinals for The Barn. He spends his free time exploring breweries, restaurants, and leading the Ivan Rabb stan club.