Andrew Harrison needs a big showing in the Las Vegas Summer League. The starting point guard from the 38-1 Kentucky team is on the verge of earning a contract with the Memphis Grizzlies, but there is still a little work to be done to prove he’s worthy of filling one of the 13 full-time spots on the team.
Harrison did all he could last season, playing the entire year for the Iowa Energy, the Memphis-affiliated D-League team. He improved all aspects of his game — namely outside shooting and finishing at the rim — to an average of 18.5 points and 4.9 assists per contest. All that was asked of him, he did, while leading the Energy as a starter in all but one of the 46 games, at over 35 minutes played in each of those.
Then came the NBA draft, when Memphis showed it isn’t quite ready to invest in Harrison as Mike Conley’s backup, by drafting another point guard with its first pick. The Grizz took Wade Baldwin IV of Vanderbilt, who immediately steps into the spot Harrison has been fighting so hard to obtain.
But the addition of Baldwin doesn’t mean it’s completely over for Harrison. Memphis likes Harrison’s ability to play either guard position, and may still make room to call him up from Iowa. For him to further make the case for that promotion, he needs to shine in Las Vegas over the next 11 days, alongside Baldwin.
— Andrew Harrison (@DrewRoc5) July 6, 2016
Harrison told Grizzlies.com he’s a lot more comfortable heading into his second summer league. This pass in yesterday’s practice certainly suggests that:
Prediction: Harrison will get himself a guaranteed deal, whether it be in Memphis or somewhere else.