Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Grizzlies add to their roster

Memphis Grizzlies have signed the highly-rated 20-year-old point guard Josh Selby on a multi-year contract.

Selby was selected 49th overall by the Grizzlies in the 2011 NBA Draft after averaging 7.9 points, 2.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists in 26 games for the Kansas Jayhawks.

The Baltimore-born youngster joins fellow former Jayhawks, Darrell Arthur and Xavier Henry on the Grizzlies roster and people who bet on basketball should bear in mind.

Memphis have also signed free agent Jeremy Pargo who spent last season with Euroleague side Maccabi Tel-Aviv. The 25-year-old helped Hapoel Gilboa Galil Elyon win the 2010 Israeli Basketball Super League Championship before joining Maccabi Tel-Aviv.

Pargo also played for the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, Charlotte Bobcats and Minnesota Timberwolves earlier in his career.

In addition, the Grizzlies have snapped up Josh Davis, Mikki Moore, Jared Reiner, Walter Sharpe and Brian Skinner in readiness for the new season.

The five players have 31 years of NBA experience between them as Memphis attempt to improve on last season's run to the play-offs.

Despite finishing only fourth in the Southwest Division standings after winning 46 of their 82 regular season matches, they sneaked into the play-offs and surprisingly beat much-fancied San Antonio Spurs 4-2 before being beaten by 4-3 by Oklahoma City Thunder.

Point guard Mike Conley is looking forward to another successful season, saying: "It's obvious that as a team, we have a lot of optimism. We feel like we have a team to make a run at a championship."That's always been our goal each year. We've got the team. We've got Rudy (Gay) back and he's ready to go, he says he’s 100 per cent."Gay missed the closing weeks of last season and the play-offs after suffering a shoulder injury in February.

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