According to Allen Iverson, OJ Mayo is already a superstar. While playing for the Grizzlies has diminished his chances for national recognition, Memphis is close to being a playoff team.
Mayo is the typical shooting guard, but his abilities are close to that of Kobe Bryant’s.
OJ is a very good defensive player with great hands, and moves laterally very well. He can shoot mid range, from beyond the arc, and he can drive to the basket with tenacity.
Mayo was the 4th pick in the 2008 NBA Draft by the Minnesota Timberwolves, but was traded on draft night to the Memphis Grizzlies, one of the first in a series of bad moves for the Timberwolves.
The Grizzlies have built a solid team around Mayo. Forwards Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph are solid scorers, point guard Mike Conley is progressing nicely, and Tony Allen, signed from Boston, gives Memphis an athletic wingman with great defensive skills.
Mayo needs to keep improving his scoring, he does not get the touches he should get each game. If his stats improve, he will get more recognition around the league.
If Memphis does not start 0-8 like last year, they will most likely make the playoffs. Making the playoffs is crucial to Mayo’s transformation into a superstar.