Grizzlies' Andrew Harrison: Expected to see minutes bump with Conley out
Harrison and Wade Baldwin are expected to see increases in playing time with starting point guard Mike Conley (back) ruled out for at least six weeks.
Harrison, a rookie who spent all of the 2015-16 campaign in the D-League, has already held down a sizable role with the second unit throughout the season due to the Grizzlies' multitude of injuries up and down the roster, averaging 25.8 minutes per game. However, the long-term absence of Conley will present the largest opportunity to date for Harrison to not only consistently surpass the 30-minute mark, but also take on more play-making responsibilities after serving in mainly a complementary capacity through his first 17 appearances. Given that Harrison is shooting just 27.1 percent from the field on the season, there's a good possibility he won't have much leash as a starter, but Baldwin, who has similarly struggled with his shooting in his first NBA campaign, isn't necessarily a viable solution either. Don't be surprised if the Grizzlies add a veteran to shore up their point-guard ranks in the interim, which could potentially allow Harrison to stick in a reserve role.