NBA Roundtable

Grizzlies Sign Trey Gilder

In Free Agency on August 29, 2009 at 11:21 am

RealGM has the press release

The Memphis Grizzlies have signed former NBA Development League standout and free-agent forward Trey Gilder, Grizzlies General Manager and Vice President of Basketball Operations Chris Wallace announced today. Per team policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

A key reserve for the 2009 NBA D-League Champion Colorado 14ers, the 6-9, 185-pound rookie forward averaged 13.7 points and 5.5 rebounds in 23.9 minutes in 50 games (11 starts), as the team posted the D-League’s best regular season record (34-16) and captured the franchise’s first D-League title.

Wow, he’s 6 foot 9 inches and only 185 pounds? He must be one skinny guy.

I don’t know anything about Gilder. To offer a blind guess, I’d guess he’ll be cut sometime during training camp. Those D-League stats are unimpressive and I haven’t heard much about him.

I’ll try to find out a bit more about him before training camp starts.

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  1. Trey Gilder weighs more than 185 pounds, those are old stats. To learn more about him go to the Northwestern State Uninersity website archives; nsu demons.com He’s a humble kid with great skills; coming from a small D1 school just never got a break until now.

  2. Thanks Judith,

    I went and checked out there website. They had an article up on Gilder getting a contract from the Grizzlies on their website — pretty much stating the press release above, and a statement from their coaching staff saying how happy they were with his progress.

    Quick info on Gilder’s stat line from his final year of college ball

    Gilder, who was not selected in the 2008 NBA Draft, was named to the 2007-08 All-Southland Conference First Team after leading Northwestern in points (16.4) and rebounds (6.2) as a senior, finishing ninth in school history in points in a single season (542).

    Summer League

    Trey Gilder played on the Grizzlies summer league team. I watched a couple of the Grizzlies games but he didn’t stand out, and I can’t recall anything about the lad.

    Gilder was facing a tough situation on that SL team due to the talent on the roster. The Grizzlies had 6 NBA players on their SL team, half of whom had previous NBA experience, and the other half were highly regarded draft picks from this summer’s draft. Those players were Hasheem Thabeet, DeMarre Carroll, Sam Young and Darrell Arthur, Marcus Williams and Hamed Haddadi.

    As a result, Gilder played only 12.8 minutes a night while averaging 5.4ppg and 2.8rpg. He also shot 63% from the floor.

    D-League

    Ridiculous Upside has a profile on their website on Gilder.

    There’s a lot of good information on him there. Well worth checking out.

    Final Thought

    After reading up on Gilder … he sounds like a similar athlete to a player like Brandon Wallace. Although, not the defensive force Wallace is, but a better scorer offensively.

    For what it’s worth, since I haven’t seen him play, I’m still not optimistic about Gilder making the Grizzlies roster. I didn’t find out anything about him that screamed out “NBA player”. He sounds more like a work in progress than someone who is ready to contribute, so I think he’ll likely end up back in the D-League next season. If that were to happen, he would be someone worth keeping tabs on because he may be a serviceable NBA player someday.

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