I’m generally reluctant to declare a player a flopper. It’s unfair to assume someone has perfect body control and balance. Sometimes, people – especially players moving quickly and frequently changing directions – just fall.
But, occasionally, someone is so over the top about minimal contact, there’s no other conclusion to reach other than he flopped.
Hollins is a borderline NBA-quality center – which is just what the Grizzlies need.
They took a chance waiving Hollins before the season, leaving them with just two centers. But Brandan Wright‘s knee injury made the position untenable. Even playing smaller more often, Memphis needed another center behind Marc Gasol.
It made some sense for the Grizzlies to hold the younger Russ Smith over Hollins before the season. Smith, the No. 47 pick in the 2014 draft, has shown flashes of potential in 131 NBA minutes. But he’s also been quite erratic. The longer the 24-year-old Smith goes with that style, the less patience teams will have for him.
Gregg Popovich storms up baseline during play, gets ejected (video)