To tell the truth, I’ve never been a big fan of Josh Selby. I wasn’t impressed by all the hoopla he created at Kansas during his one year there, and I felt that he was a little bit of a prima donna coming into the NBA. During the two-preseason games I attended last season he looked sluggish & turnover prone and he didn’t play enough during the regular season for my opinion to be altered.
In the two summer league games that have occurred so far however, Selby is changing my mind. Josh has been shooting the ball extremely well from beyond the arc, going 12 for 15, and is running the game like a true NBA talent. His defense has been suffocating and he is producing turnovers left and right. Although the Grizzlies lost their most recent game against the Wizards, Selby was not to blame, as he scored 35 points.
Yes, I know summer league games don’t mean a thing when it comes to how a player will fare against NBA competition, but Selby’s work so far gives me a lot of hope. Sure, he is playing against teams filled with players who will never come close to signing an NBA contract, but he is getting playing time with Jeremy Pargo and Tony Wroten, both of whom he will be working with as all three come off the bench for the Grizz next season.
The most important thing Selby is gaining however is confidence. Selby didn’t get the benefit of a true training camp or summer league before his rookie season because of the lockout. He was thrust into the hard knocks world of the NBA and was told to try his best. Perhaps this contributed to his lackluster play last season. Selby’s new confidence is easily seen in the way he is shooting the ball and how he is getting extremely aggressive on defense. This confidence should help him find more playing time while looking to make an impact on games when he is slotted in the line up. After a humbling rookie season, Selby looks like he has the swagger to make a mark on the Grizzlies backcourt.