[2017-18 NBA Preview] Memphis Grizzlies

The NBA season is almost here. While the majority of people think the NBA season is already over before it even begins (let’s just go ahead and crown the Golden State Warriors right now, right?). we still have to let the season play out because YOU NEVER KNOW WHAT CAN HAPPEN, RIGHT?

What if the Warriors are involved in some kind of freak accident and everyone gets hurt?

Well, the league just opened up for all 29 other teams to win the whole thing.

Even though I personally believe it would take a plane wreck to take the Warriors down, there are some NBA teams out there that think they have the tools and weapons to do exactly that.

Are the Memphis Grizzlies one of those teams? The last few seasons have been considered disappointments in Memphis. Last year they went out and signed Chandler Parsons to a huge free agent deal and he came out and was absolutely horrendous before his season ended with an injury. Parsons was so awful in his first-year with the Grizzlies, that I’m not sure he’s going to get it turned around anytime soon. Memphis might have struck out on that deal and now they are stuck with a fat contract that’s burning a hole in their salary cap. Outside of Parsons, the rest of the team isn’t that great either. Marc Gasol and Mike Conley are good players and this team will go as far as those two can take them. Let’s just say that I don’t have a whole lot of confidence that this team is going to get it turned around this season. In my opinion, things are going to get worse in Memphis before they get any better. Of course, that’s what happens to NBA franchises who do stupid shit like retire Zach Randolph’s jersey. Be better Grizzlies. Otherwise you will be stuck in NBA purgatory like you are right now. But is there any hope for this Memphis team this season? We’ve all seen crazier things happen in the NBA. Can these guys sneak back into the playoffs in a loaded Western Conference?

LET’S FIND OUT!!!!!!!!!

 

 

Record Last Five Seasons: 56-26 (2012-13), 50-32 (2013-14), 55-27 (2014-15), 42-40 (2015-16), 43-39 (2016-17)

Last Playoff Series Appearance: 2016-17 First-Round vs. San Antonio Spurs

Last Playoff Series Win: 2014-15 First-Round vs. Portland Trail Blazers

Last NBA Finals Appearance: Never

NBA Championships Won: None


 

Head Coach:

David Fizdale

Overall Record: 43-39

Record With Team: 43-39

Playoff Record: 2-4


 

The Squad:

Starters (with averages for last season):

PG: Mike Conley (20.5 PPG, 6.3 APG, 3.5 RPG, 23.2 PER)

SG: Tyreke Evans (10.3 PPG, 3.4 RPG, 3.1 APG, 15.5 PER)

SF: Chandler Parson (6.2 PPG, 2.5 RPG, 1.6 APG, 7.7 PER)

PF: JaMychal Green (8.9 PPG, 7.1 RPG, 1.1 APG, 13.5 PER)

C: Marc Gasol (19.5 PPG, 6.3 RPG, 1.3 BPG, 20.3 PER)

Bench:

Andrew Harrison (PG), Brandan Wright (C), Ivan Rabb (PF), James Ennis (SF), Wayne Selden (SG), Ben McLemore (SG), Wade Baldwin (PG), Dillon Brooks (SF), Vince Hunter (PF), Deyonta Davis (C)


 

Team Leaders (last season):

Points Per Game: Mike Conley (20.5)

Rebounds Per Game: Zach Randolph (8.2)

Steals Per Game: Tony Allen (1.6)

Assists Per Game: Mike Conley (6.3)

Blocks Per Game: Marc Gasol (1.3)

Turnovers Per Game: Mike Conley (2.3)


 

The Prediction:

41-41

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