Former Alabama Basketball Player JaMychal Green Finds Niche with Memphis Grizzlies After Travels

Professional basketball is a global sport reaching beyond the borders of America. Opportunities exist around the world to ply your trade. JaMychal Green has learned this fact since leaving Alabama after his senior season in 2012. The undrafted free agent participated with the San Antonio Spurs and Los Angeles Clippers summer league teams before being waived by both, played for Austin in the NBA D-League and journeyed across the Atlantic Ocean to join Chorale Roanne of France for a season.

Traveling, a term associated with an on-the-court violation, can be an off-the-court solution for a player navigating a path to the league.  The varied experience and further refining of his skills over the course of a few years proved to be a beneficial voyage.  Green, an NBDL Futures All-Star, signed a series of three 10-day contracts debuting in the NBA with San Antonio on January 18, 2015.  He returned to Austin after the expiration of the Spurs contract, and then inked two more short-term agreements with Memphis before the Grizzlies tendered a multi-year offer to the Montgomery native last March. 

The union has proved productive as injures to Memphis starting center Marc Gasol on February 8th afforded JaMychal Green the window for extensive court time.  He responded with double figures in three out of the last five games (13, 12 &10) and solid rebounding efforts of 11 and 9, all victories.  The 6-9, 227 pound forward, wearing jersey no. zero, is averaging 5.8 points, 4.1 rebounds and 15.3 minutes per contest 53 games into the season.

Grizzlies TV analyst, and former Stanford and NBA player Brevin Knight said, “He (Green) has been immensely productive for our team.   He is one of the guys we need to have on the floor because of his energy.  It’s always nice to have a guy who is an energy player that can produce on both ends of the floor.  He is a player that shoots the ball out to the three-point line.  On the defensive side he is going to attack the ball-handlers.  He does a great job on screen-and-roll situations and rebounds the ball very well.  He has been a tremendous asset for our team.  

Knight added, “He is a guy that understands his role.  He has been very patient because he’s been kind of in and out of the lineup somewhat but whenever his number has been called, he’s been there for us.  He is definitely a guy we need in the rotation.”  Green was touted as an “energy guy” according to Knight but the offensive skill set surprised the former point guard. interviewed Green and Memphis Head Coach @David Joerger after the Grizzlies (34-23) defeated the LA Lakers (11-49) 112-95 on the road at Staples Center Friday night.  He had a solid 22-plus minute performance off the bench with four of eight shooting and a pair of free throws for 10 points, three rebounds, a steal and block.  Memphis is currently in fifth place of the Western Conference.  Green is a strong supporter and diligent follower of Alabama hoops.  Accomplishing the ultimate goal of competing in the NBA required a certain mind set.  Green shared his thoughts on the matter. 

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