Sam Merrill

25-Year-Old GuardG
2021 Fantasy Outlook
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$Signed a two-year, $2.42 million contract with the Bucks in November of 2020. Traded to the Grizzlies in August of 2021.
Personal Bio

Sam Merrill was born on May 15, 1996 in Bountiful, Utah. The son of John and Jenny Merrill, Sam has one older sister, Molli. At Bountiful High School, Merrill was a three-year starter and a two-time All-State selection. As a sophomore, he averaged 6.5 points and 2.6 assists per game. As a junior, Merrill broke out with 18.3 points, 6.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists, and 2.2 steals per contest. On his way to leading Bountiful to the Utah 4A state title, Merrill posted 15.8 points, 7.4 rebounds and 4.6 rebounds per game as a senior. Merrill served a two-year LDS Church mission in Nicaragua from 2014 to 2016. He turned down offers from Stanford and Princeton to attend Utah State University. Merrill graduated with a degree in business administration. Fans can follow the Utah State product on Twitter @smerrill05.

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Prior to his freshman year at Utah State, Merrill completed a two-year Latter-Day Saints mission to Nicaragua. When he returned to school, Merrill averaged 9.4 points per game as a freshman. As a sophomore, Merrill improved his scoring average to 16.3 points per game and was named to the All-Mountain West Third Team. Merrill averaged 20.9 points per game as a junior, adding 4.2 assists and 3.9 rebounds. He led Utah State to the Mountain West Tournament title and was named the Mountain West Player of the Year, as well as the Mountain West Tournament MVP. Merrill captured both awards a second time as a senior, while also eclipsing the 2,000-point mark for his career. Merrill left school as Utah State's third-leading scorer.

Great showing in preseason loss
GMemphis Grizzlies
October 13, 2021
Merrill tallied 30 points (11-17 FG, 8-13 3Pt) to go along with two assists, two steals, one rebound and one block in 33 minutes in the loss to the Pacers on Wednesday.
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With many of the Grizzlies' starters resting, Merrill had the opportunity to be a focal point of the offense and used the most of that chance, especially in his shooting efficiency and defense. In his limited playtime last season with the Bucks, his main weapon was his three-point shooting, making 44.7 percent of his shots from deep, so it is a good sign that his shooting efficiency can keep up with increased volume. Although the 25-year-old is rather low in the depth chart, this performance may have earned him a closer look to gain a set role as the Grizzlies close out their preseason on Friday and look ahead to the regular season.
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After four seasons at Utah State, Merrill was selected with the 60th overall pick in the 2020 NBA Draft. He made his NBA debut for the Bucks on Dec. 23 against the Celtics, playing five minutes. He recorded his first stats on Christmas against the Warriors. Merrill played eight minutes and posted six points, four assists and one steal. Overall, he appeared in 30 games (two starts) and averaged 3.0 points and 1.0 rebounds in 7.8 minutes. He shot 44.7 percent from three. On March 26 against the Celtics, Merrill scored a career-high 15 points. One day later, Merrill handed out a career-high five assists. On April 9 against the Hornets, he grabbed a career-high six rebounds. Against the Bulls on May 16, he recorded a career-high three steals. Merrill also appeared in eight playoff games for Milwaukee, who went on to win the NBA title. In his 30 total minutes, the rookie posted five points, five rebounds, four steals and one assist.

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Available Monday
GMemphis Grizzlies
October 11, 2021
Merrill (ankle) is available for Monday's preseason game against the Pistons.
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Questionable for Monday
GMemphis Grizzlies
Ankle
October 10, 2021
Merrill (ankle sprain) is questionable for Monday's exhibition matchup against Detroit.
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Won't play vs. Hawks
GMemphis Grizzlies
Ankle
October 8, 2021
Merrill (ankle) is out Saturday against the Hawks.
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Won't play vs. Hornets
GMemphis Grizzlies
Ankle
October 6, 2021
Merrill (ankle) is sidelined for Thursday's preseason contest against the Hornets.
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Nursing sprained ankle
GMemphis Grizzlies
Ankle
October 4, 2021
Merrill will not play in Tuesday's preseason opener against the Bucks due to a sprained right ankle.
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