Nearly a month into the NBA season, Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane has continued his rise into one of the sport’s top shooters, and he’s headlined as a top contender on breakout scouting.
The six-foot-five TCU third-year product was considered a steal by college basketball enthusiasts when the Grizzlies selected him 30th overall in the draft, as he profiled himself as a shooter. elite and a solid defender from day one.
As a 21-year-old rookie, he averaged 9.2 points and 1.7 assists per game while shooting 43.2% from three-pointers, starting in 17 of his 68 appearances, before becoming a starter full-time in its second season.
In his sophomore season, Bane started his 76 games and found his place in the league, increasing his averages to 18.2 points and 2.7 assists, and while his three-point attempts went from 4, 0 to 6.9, his percentage also went from 43.2 to 43.6. Teammate Ja Morant won the league’s Most Improved Player award, but he offered the award to Bane (who eventually returned it).
A player’s ability to increase their shot volume while maintaining efficiency is a telltale sign of someone ready to take on a bigger role (see: Mikal Bridges, De’Andre Hunter), and it continued in the third season of Bane.
His usage rate increased from 15.5% at the support role level as a rookie to 22.6% at the main option level in his second campaign, before climbing to 26.9% as a rookie. use this season.
For reference, that’s the 27th-highest number in the league for players averaging at least 20 minutes per game, which puts him ahead of the likes of CJ McCollum (26.3) and Anthony Edwards (26.3). ) and just behind DeMar DeRozan (27.8).
His three-point attempts also went from 6.9 to 8.8, and again his three-point percentage inexplicably increased with him, to a career high of 46.8%.
He led to career highs across the board in points (24.6), rebounds (5.0), assists (4.6) and minutes (32.7). His 4.1 three-pointers per game are tied with Buddy Hield for second in the league, behind Stephen Curry (5.1).
With a sample size of over two seasons under his belt, it’s now clear that Bane is not just a good shooter, but one of the best in the world. His career three-point figure of 43.7% is the second highest among all active players, behind Seth Curry (43.8%).
It would be disrespectful to the legendary, game-changing Stephen Curry to place anyone in his class as a sniper, but if he were to retire tomorrow, Bane would have an argument for being the top marksman. Game.
It had been speculated in Memphis that Jaren Jackson Jr was their potential MVP’s long-term running mate at Morant, but Bane has become undeniable, and it’s now easy to imagine the Grizzlies treating Bane like Stephen Curry’s Klay Thompson of Morant. in their team building macro vision.