One of Josh Selby's lasting impressions proved to be his greatest highlight.
The Grizzlies' lone pick in last week's NBA draft -- 49th overall -- went end to end, used a crossover dribble and scored at the rim while absorbing contact. Selby, a 6-3 combo guard, then darted back on defense and deflected the inbounds pass.
The play resulted in a steal.
Selby, 20, mostly excelled during the Grizzlies' free-agent weekend-long minicamp in FedExForum. Selby also proved that he is the 50-50 proposition that comes with being a late-second-round draft pick.
He struggled to guard smaller, quicker opponents and confirmed a need to improve his decision-making and passing ability at point guard.
Selby acknowledged his deficiencies while Griz executives left impressed with the former Kansas guard's work ethic and offensive skills.
"He's a good shooter. He's not a great shooter. But he's a good shooter and he can get to the basket," said Tony Barone Sr., Griz director of player personnel. "It'll be an adjustment for him no matter what position he plays in the NBA. But I think he's got an opportunity to be a point guard to a certain degree and to be an off guard to a certain degree. He's kind of in between positions right now."
Asked what he needed to work on following his taste of the NBA game -- albeit with a weak class of Development League and European players -- Selby delivered a succinct response: "Everything."
If anything is clear about Selby's game it's that he'll be able to score in the NBA. His strength, athleticism and quickness were apparent given that he often darted in the lane and scored off layups or 8- to 10-foot runners.
Grizzlies' draft pick Josh Selby shows his strengths, shortcomings
Memphis Commercial Appeal | Jun 27