James Ennis III

#8 SF / Memphis Grizzlies / EXP: 3YRS Height: 6-7 Weight: 210 lb Age: 27 College: Oxnard; Ventura Coll. CA (J.C.

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  • Grizzlies' James Ennis: Heads to bench
    By RotoWire Staff

    Ennis will come of the bench for Saturday's game against the Rockets. Ennis will head to the bench for Saturday's tilt as Chandler Parsons steps into the starting five for the first time all season. He's struggled over the previous five games, averaging 5.2 points and 3.6 rebounds across 28.8 minutes per contest. As Parsons starts to earn more playing time, Ennis' minutes could take a slight hit.

  • Ennis ended up with 14 points (4-8 FG, 6-7 3Pt), 11 rebounds, one assist, and one steal in 37 minutes during Monday's 98-90 win over the Rockets. Ennis matched career highs in defensive rebounds and free throws made and attempted while notching his third career double-double. He is now averaging 10.7 points (75.0 FG, 100.0 3Pt, 77.8 FT), 5.3 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, and 0.7 threes in 27.0 minutes per game, and Ennis seems to be validating Grizzlies coach David Fizdale's decision to start him at small forward.

  • Ennis recorded 13 points (6-6 FG, 1-2 FT), four rebounds, three assists, and one steal in 25 minutes during Saturday's 111-101 win over the Warriors. Ennis has been steady in the starting small forward spot, and he is actually yet to miss a field-goal attempt through two games (eight-for-eight). The Grizzlies have a lot of depth along the wing, but Ennis has done everything in his power to solidify his role thus far.

  • Ennis will start at small forward in the Grizzlies' season opener Wednesday against the Pelicans, Rob Fischer of Fox Sports Southeast reports. The Grizzlies' extensive injury woes factored heavily into Ennis earning a starting role to begin the 2016-17 campaign, but he won the gig on his own merit this time around after last season's prized free-agent pickup Chandler Parsons, failed to impress in his first campaign in Memphis and will thus come off the bench to begin 2017-18. A problematic left knee injury regularly resulted in Parsons being held out of contests in 2016-17 and limited his minutes when he was active, but it's not expected that he'll face any restrictions heading into this season, though his bench role will naturally cap his playing time. As a result, Ennis is in good position to take on 20-plus minutes each night, but as a complementary piece in the Memphis offense, he's unlikely to provide enough scoring or three-point production to offer much fantasy intrigue outside of deeper settings.

  • Ennis poured in nine points (4-6 FG, 1-2 3Pt) and added three rebounds across 19 minutes in Wednesday's 101-89 preseason loss to the Rockets. The fourth-year forward continues to enjoy a rock-solid preseason, particularly from the field, as he's now shot 64.0 percent (16-for-25) over four exhibitions. Ennis typically offers a bit of everything when on the court, including some three-point production. He's likely to head back to the bench in the coming campaign as long as Chandler Parsons remains healthy, but given the latter's injury history, Ennis should still see some solid minutes off the second unit, as well as the occasional start when Parsons is given some maintenance days off.

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