July 11, 2016, 11:04 am
Sometimes all you need is a chance. Xavier Munford knows that very well, as he came out of relative anonymity and wound up playing sizable minutes for an injury ravaged Memphis team last season.
While he only got into 14 games, he averaged 17.4 minutes per night and was well into the mid-20s and higher from April onward as the Grizzlies lost player after player to injury. His rise to the NBA made for a nice story but ultimately was not enough to convince Memphis to keep him around. The dream is far from dead, as Munford will be trying to show teams what he brings to the table in Las Vegas.
Munford is playing for the Lakers during Summer League in hopes of picking up an NBA job. The Lakers would make for an odd fit since they already have three point guards on the roster but Munford can certainly attract some attention from other teams.
Efficiency was his bugaboo last season (.416 FG%) but his per-36 stats show some glimpses of success. Those per-36 numbers are 11.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.9 steals. Coupled with a .391 3p%, Munford might have the capability to turn into a decent depth guard. It’ll take the right situation, but one of last year’s surprises should be able to find a new team that will allow him to develop into a full-fledged NBA player.