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“Desmond Bane is shooting better from threes than Damian Lillard and James Harden!”: The Grizzlies’ two-guard has been better than plethora of big name shooters even on more attempts

Akash Murty

"Desmond Bane is shooting better from threes than Damian Lillard and James Harden!": The Grizzlies' two-guard has been better than plethora of big name shooters even on more attempts

Desmond Bane has been one of the best young players this season, leaving shooters like Damian Lillard and James Harden behind.

A few years ago TCU was the only scholarship offer Desmond Bane had, as he had questionable scouting reports. Players with shorter wingspan than their height barely do good in any of those reports, which weighs physical attributes and skills on the same scale. Even Stephen Curry famously had bad scouting reports.

Bane has been overlooked his entire career, not anymore. After coming into the NBA at 30th overall for the Memphis Grizzlies, he made an immediate impact in his first season.

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Last year he was named Second Team All-Rookie, converting on over 43% of his attempts from three and scoring 9.2 points in just 22 minutes per game. He was big coming off the bench, helping the Grizzlies reach the Playoffs.

This year he was rewarded with a starting role as the Grizzlies had their starter at the two, Dillon Brooks, out of the lineup since the beginning of the season. And Desmond repaid them even better than he did last season.

Desmond Bane is better at 3s than Lillard and Harden

The sophomore is already more efficient than the top 3-point shooters in the league. And he’s not doing it with lesser attempts, mind you.

Bane is not just magnificent beyond the 3-point line, he has been an enigma on the defensive side of the court as well. As a result, he has kept his position even after Brooks came back to the lineup. Since Ja Morant is out injured, he has upped his performance even more.

The sharpshooter now has 20 or more points in 7 of his last 11 games after posting one 20-point game in his first 15 games of the season. In Grizzlies’ 113-106 win against the Rockets Saturday night, he had 19 points shooting 3/9 from the three.

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Even after Ja Morant is back, he should be averaging similar minutes, as the two-guard has made his presence felt even against top teams and is coming off big in the absence of top stars of the team.

About the author

Akash Murty

Akash Murty


An Electrical and Electronics Engineer by degree, Akash Murty is an NBA Editor at The SportsRush. Previously a Software Engineer, Murty couldn’t keep himself away from sports, and his knack for writing and putting his opinion forward brought him to the TSR. A big Soccer enthusiast, his interest in basketball developed late, as he got access to a hoop for the first time at 17. Following this, he started watching basketball at the 2012 Olympics, which transitioned to NBA, and he became a fan of the game as he watched LeBron James dominate the league. Him being an avid learner of the game and ritually following the league for around a decade, he now writes articles ranging from throwbacks, and live game reports, to gossip. LA Lakers are his favourite basketball team, while Chelsea has his heart in football. He also likes travelling, reading fiction, and sometimes cooking.

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