Anyone not realize that the Memphis Grizzlies have quietly gotten better & could still be a 1-4 team out west?
"Griz, Grit, and Grind" had a lot of Grit and Grind but not a whole lot of Fly this past season. Not having reliable outside scoring put them in tough situations when shots weren't falling for them on the inside.
However, by bringing back Mike Miller they fixed that. Miller is one of the best 3pt scorers in the NBA and he is an underrated defender, passer, and rebounder as well. He isn't expected to play the same minutes or average 20 PPG like he did the last time he was a Grizzly but he does make them better by addressing an obvious need of theirs.
Not only him. The Grizzlies drafted Jamaal Franklin, who not only is a freak of an athlete - but he can score in electric-like fashion. He's a big upgrade from what MEM had in Austin Daye because despite the fact Daye is a very good outside shooter he's rail thin @ 6"11 and cannot defend for the life of him right now. Tony Wroten is also there and will get a bit more playing time this season as a 2nd yr player than what he did in MEM as a rookie. Grizzlies also added Summer League standout Josh Akognon who was waived from his team the Mavericks. Akognon is another sharpshooter from 3. Grizzlies have 3 playmakers off the bench that could come in and fill-in for Conley while last season they only had Jerryd Bayless (more of a SG) and Keyon Dooling pretty much. They got younger and more explosive offensively in their back-court. Not to mention they will have Donte Greene for a full season now and with a full off-season to condition his past injury he'd give them a PF/SF that can spread the floor from 3pt range and has a lot of athletic ability.
Miller, Franklin, Akognon, Wroten (more pt), and Greene (full-season) added to Bayless and Pondexter gives them more scoring threats. They will now have Fly added to Grit and Grind. Not to mention getting Kosta Koufos for Darrell Arthur may be one of the off-season's most underrated moves because Kofous had a solid season as the starting C for DEN and he's a true C that stays healthy. While Arthur is undersized and injury prone. Not to mention doesn't have the starting experience that Koufos has. Kofous will be a good backup for Gasol.
They did lose a very good coach in Lionel Hollins but David Joerger was Hollins' assistant and is his replacement. Joerger also was the defensive specialist that had Memphis as the best defensive team in the NBA. He's been the assistant coach for MEM for 7 yrs so there's familiarity he knows the team.
well true they don't have a wing player that can create his own shot but they made it all the way to the WCF with mediocre role guys and not much bench depth in terms of size to spot Z.Bo and Gasol against bigger teams. These new role guys are 1000x better than what they had this year so a WCF team with improved depth means they could go farther.
- EddieLv 77 years agoFavorite Answer
The Grizz has improve with the addtion of MIller but he is a good offensive rebounder but he is not that great of a defender and his 3 point shot is streaky at best.
But I do think they are one of four team like you said that can legitimately come out of the West and perhaps win it all.
- 7 years ago
They still don't have a perimeter scorer who can create his own shot and penetrate inside. A guy that can get you 18-22 ppg. That's what they were missing in the playoffs. The just got a bunch of role players that can shoot only if they're open.
- Mel Kiper Jr.Lv 67 years ago
An Internet troll has a good point. They still lack a player who can create his own shots on the wing. In the post they can score and they have role players who can score but no guy who does it on his own and that is going to hurt them come playoff time.