May 11, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies small forward Quincy Pondexter (20) shoots the ball in game three of the second round of the 2013 NBA Playoffs against the Oklahoma City Thunder at FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports
Statistics: 21.1 minutes, 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds, 1.0 assists, 39.5 3-point percentage
While Quincy Pondexter’s season may not quite be over, he has more than proven himself in the playoffs so far. Pondexter developed a consistent 3-point shot over the offseason and it turned him from a probable bust to someone who is getting quality minutes on a playoff team and producing.
He has struggled with consistency this season, but his breakout games have shown the Pondexter we all knew and loved here at UW. In the playoffs, when he gets at least 20 minutes, it’s likely that he’ll score at least 10 points or contribute in another way. When he’s not getting that many minutes, it is normally because he isn’t hitting his 3-pointers that game.
Once Pondexter develops a consistent way to score and contribute, he’ll earn himself more meaningful minutes throughout the season. If he can do this more often, I’m sure he’ll have general managers fighting over him.
Even as a role player, Pondexter has made a name for himself this season. A lot of that has come from him making clutch shots like he did as a Husky. It takes a little getting used to hearing his name mentioned on ESPN almost daily now. For a guy who averaged just over six points this season, he is sure doing it in a big way.