Two-Way Tracker: Meet New Grizzlies Guard John Konchar

By Jake Winderman | August 1, 2019

Player: John Konchar

College: Purdue-Fort Wayne (2015-2019)

Height/Weight: 6-foot-5, 210 pounds

NBA Team/NBA G League Affiliate: Memphis Grizzlies/Memphis Hustle

College Breakdown: Konchar comes out of Purdue-Fort Wayne after an illustrious four-year career with the Mastodons. Konchar was a 4-time All-Summit League 1st Team selection and is the first player in NCAA Division I history with at least 2,000 points, 1,000 rebounds, 500 assists and 200 steals in a collegiate career. He is the Mastodons’ all-time scoring leader (2,065) and averaged 19.5 points, 8.5 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 2 steals per game on 54.6% shooting from inside the arc and 38.1% shooting from long-range during his senior year. Konchar ranks No. 1 in NCAA all-time offensive rating (130.7), seventh in win shares (17.5), 11th in defensive rebounds (840), 15th in points produced (2,225) and 17th in minutes played (4,675).

Scouting Report: Konchar projects to be an NBA 3&D guy with enough bulk to guard slightly bigger wings and forwards. There’s no area of the game that Konchar fails to contribute to on a nightly basis and his basketball IQ is far beyond his years. At NBA Summer League, he showed off his passing prowess in transition and the pick-and-roll, making split-second decisions to find the right play. The former Mastodon isn’t necessarily elite in any category, but can supplement an offense and defense in almost every statistical category.

Organizational Fit: Konchar joins a Grizzlies organization with a mix of young and veteran talent. He’ll be mostly competing for playing time at the wing and will help rookie point guard and No. 2 overall pick Ja Morant space the floor effectively in the halfcourt and in transition. The Grizzlies/Hustle did an excellent job of developing fellow wing and second-year player Yuta Watanabe during his rookie season, and should be able to do the same with Konchar.

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