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Memphis Grizzlies Season Preview 2021-2022

Memphis Grizzlies
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Last year, the Memphis Grizzlies got a sniff of the playoffs by beating the Warriors to be the eighth seed. They went on to lose 4-1 to the Utah Jazz in the first round, after claiming game one. Heading into this year, the Grizzlies got the number 10 overall pick as well as a few more additions.

Key Additions

Steven Adams

The addition of Steven Adams will make the Grizzlies a threat in the west. With an athletic point guard and really an athletic team all-around, you are now adding some strength down low.

Patrick Beverley

One of the best defensive Point guards in the league. Beverley can come in and play both guard positions on defense in a close game. He will not score a lot of points but can be a key piece for the Grizzlies.

Ziaire Williams

The dominant scorer out of Stanford will pair up with Ja Morant to help lead this team. He may not be a starter at first but could eventually move into the starting rotation by the end of the season, depending on how he does. He looked good in the summer league.

Key Losses

Jonas Valanciunas

Not much of a loss here with the addition of Steven Adams. Valanciunas helped the Grizzlies get into the playoff seeding last year.

Justise Winslow

Never equating to much on the offensive end, did not help the Grizzlies. Though Winslow made up for it by helping on the defensive side of the ball. A fan favorite guy for sure.

Tim Frazier

Although, Frazier does not get a lot of attention. He is one of the greatest locker room guys in the NBA. He is a guy that will get to the rim if you need him to score but will pass the ball more often than not.

Rotations

Starting Lineup: Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Dillon Brooks, Jaren Jackson, Steven Adams

Last year, Desmond Bane started 17 games for the Memphis Grizzlies. At 6-5, he may move into the starting rotation full-time, which would slide Brooks to the SF. Now with the addition of Steven Adams, Taylor Jenkins can move Jaren Jackson to the four. A more traditional starting unit, with 6-3 and 6-5 guards, a 6-7 SF, and two big men at 6-11 or taller.

Bench: Patrick Beverley, Brandon Clarke, Kyle Anderson, Ziaire Williams, De’Anthony Melton, Rajon Rondo, Daniel Oturu, Killian Tillie, Xavier Tillman, Tyus Jones, John Konchar, Sean McDermott, Sean Merrill, Santi Aldama, Yves Pons

On paper, this bench is an all-around good bench, with a mix of size, speed, scoring, and defense.

Memphis Grizzlies Season Outlook

The Memphis Grizzlies are looking to have a better result than what they had last season. Although, it was just a young team getting a sniff of the playoffs. The team will have to step up their game on both ends if they want to make it back to the playoffs. Every team in the Western Conference has gotten better for the campaign. Though there are talks that Dillon Brooks and Kyle Anderson are available. As well as, rumors that Rajon Rondo may not remain with the team. The Grizzlies as of right now are a team that is good enough for a 7-10 seed, either locking themselves with an automatic bid to the playoffs or having to go through the play-in again.

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