Garrett Temple
Garrett Temple
32-Year-Old GuardG
Memphis Grizzlies
2018 Fantasy Outlook
Temple brings his veteran leadership and impressive defensive skills to Memphis, where he’s expected to fill an important wing role in the coming season. While Dillon Brooks is projected to handle starting shooting guard duties, Temple should see his fair share of playing time while also filling in at small forward as needed. He’s now averaged well over 20 minutes in three straight seasons and scored a career-best 8.4 points (on a career-high 7.3 shot attempts) in Sacramento last season. However, Temple’s most reliable contributions typically come on the defensive end, which should allow him to fit in seamlessly with a Grizzlies squad looking to return to an elite level of play on that end of the floor. Given his typically modest offensive contributions, however, Temple’s Fantasy appeal is limited to very deep formats, even if he’s able to enjoy an allotment in excess of 20 minutes per game. Read Past Outlooks
$Signed a three-year, $24 million contract with the Kings in July of 2016. Exercised $8 million player option for 2018-19 in June of 2018. Traded to the Grizzlies in July of 2018.
Headed to Memphis
GMemphis Grizzlies
July 17, 2018
Temple was traded to the Grizzlies on Tuesday in exchange for Ben McLemore, Deyonta Davis and cash, Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN reports.
This is yet another sign that the Grizzlies have no desire to remain at the bottom of the Western Conference, as Temple is another quality veteran piece to play with stars Mike Conley and Marc Gasol. Temple fills a pretty sizable void at a shooting guard position that is currently occupied by the likes of MarShon Brooks and Wayne Selden, and his presence should give Memphis more stability on the wing. Additionally, by not being on a team focused on the growth of its younger players, Temple should see more consistent playing time this season.
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Depth Chart Status
#2 Small Forward
#5 Shooting Guard
Memphis Grizzlies Small Forward Depth Chart
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Past Fantasy Outlooks
Temple played a significant rotational role with the Kings last season, posting 7.8 points, 2.8 boards, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals across 26.6 minutes per game while shooting 42.4 percent from the field and hitting 1.3 threes per game at a 37.3 percent clip. His path to playing time is less clear heading into the 2017-18 season, however, as the team added guys like George Hill, Justin Jackson and Bogdan Bogdanovich to the mix. While Temple’s ability to play both shooting guard and small forward should allow the Kings to find him playing time somewhere, he wasn’t especially productive in the minutes he received last year. Overall, it seems realistic to expect Temple’s playing time to either plateau or dip, lowering his already subpar Fantasy stock. For those reasons, he can likely be safely avoided in most Fantasy formats.
In his first two seasons in the NBA, Temple had cups of coffee with five different franchises. He never appeared in more than 13 games and shuttled between the NBA and the NBDL. Temple spent the 2011-12 season in Italy, but appears to have found a home in Washington. The 6-6 guard has stuck with the Wizards and has appeared in at least 50 games for the team over the last three seasons. Last year, Temple started 18 games while Bradley Beal was out and managed to hit a Beal-like 38 percent of his three-pointers. He opened the season with four games of 12 or more points in his first five, then scored in double digits just four times during the rest of the season. For the season, he played 14 minutes per game and averaged 3.9 points, 1.7 rebounds, 1.1 assists, 0.8 steals, and 0.2 blocks. He converted 40 percent from the field and 73 percent from the line. Temple's main asset is his perimeter defense, and he uses his long frame well. He will have to battle Ramon Sessions and Gary Neal for playing time, but Temple is superior defensively to his competition.
Garrett Temple, 28 years old, averaged 1.8 points, 0.9 rebounds, 1.0 assist, 0.5 steals, and 0.1 blocks in nine minutes per game through 75 games played for the Wizards last season. He re-signed on a two-year, veteran's minimum deal in the offseason and figures to once again occupy a role on the edge of Washington's rotation. Capable of playing both guard spots, Temple will likely be the third point guard, behind John Wall and Andre Miller. His prospects for playing time at shooting guard aren't much better, as the Wizards have Bradley Beal hogging most of the minutes, backed up by Martell Webster/Paul Pierce and Glen Rice. After all but falling out of the rotation after the All-Star break last season, Temple is likely just hoping to work his way back to 5-10 minutes per game. Barring an injury to Miller, Wall, or Beal, he may find even that hard to come by.
Temple is on the roster to provide insurance at both guard positions. He is very defense oriented and has fantasy value in only the deepest of leagues. The Wizards are his seventh team in three NBA seasons.
Temple impressed coaches during a series of 10-day contracts last year, even earning a start late in the season. He is the favorite to earn the team’s final roster spot this year, but should provide little fantasy contribution.
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Accepts player option for next season
GSacramento Kings
June 29, 2018
Temple will opt into his $8 million player option for the 2018-19 season, Marc J. Spears of reports.
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Could hit free-agent market this offseason
GSacramento Kings
April 13, 2018
Temple averaged 8.4 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.9 assists in 65 games for the Kings during the 2017-18 season.
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Will sit out season finale
GSacramento Kings
April 10, 2018
Temple (ankle) has been ruled out for Wednesday's season finale against the Rockets, James Ham of NBC Sports Bay Area reports.
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Ruled out vs. Spurs
GSacramento Kings
April 9, 2018
Temple (ankle) will not play Monday against the Spurs, Sean Cunningham of ABC 10 in Sacramento reports.
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Out Friday vs. Memphis
GSacramento Kings
April 6, 2018
Temple (ankle) is out for Friday's game against the Grizzlies, Jason Jones of The Sacramento Bee reports.
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