Memphis Grizzlies: How are the offseason acquisitions doing?

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Kyle Anderson: 4-year, $37.2 million deal

Kyle Anderson signed an offer sheet with the Memphis Grizzlies in July and the San Antonio Spurs declined to match. Anderson has been inserted into the starting lineup this year and has provided the Grizzlies with desperately needed wing depth, especially with Chandler “no knees” Parsons’ riddled injury history.

The fifth-year forward is averaging 7.0 points, 6.3 rebounds and 3.0 assists in 29 minutes of action. Of notable concern, however, is his 3-point shooting. His last three years in San Antonio, Anderson shot 34 percent from downtown, but that number has slipped to 25 percent on the year.

He is shooting decently enough on corner 3s (5-for-12 on the year) but has bricked all his other 3s. Anderson isn’t going to be a knockdown shooter, but more efficiency from him would be much appreciated in a Grizzlies offense that can struggle in that area from time to time.

Defensively, Slo-Mo fits right in with the Grizzlies. His super long arms and off-ball defense greatly disrupt teams that drive, as he’s able to poke the ball away or deflect the first pass. Anderson often looks like he’s wading waist-deep in mashed potatoes, so his slow pace is perfect for the Grizzlies’ overall scheme.

He is a big factor in the Grizzlies’ best defensive lineup with Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, Garrett Temple and Jaren Jackson Jr. This lineup has a 89.9 defensive rating, best in the league for lineups that have logged at least 100 minutes.