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The Memphis Grizzlies invite a couple of guards to training camp

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by alleyoop on Thursday 24 September 2009 at 4:25 pm

The Grizzlies have invited 23-year old PG/SG Mike Taylor and 24-year old SG Thomas Gardner to training camp. Taylor was a rookie with the Clippers last season and he played in 51 games (5 starts) in which he averaged 15.1 minutes, 5.7 points, 1.7 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game. Taylor should have a good shot of making the Grizzlies’ roster. Thomas Gardner played in 16 games (0 starts) for the Hawks last season and he averaged 6.1 minutes, 1.5 points, 0.4 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game. He has now played in 20 games (0 starts) in his NBA career and he has averaged 7.1 minutes, 2.3 points, 0.6 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game. Gardner will be a long shot to make the Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies look solid at the point for this season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,NBA Blogs by alleyoop on Tuesday 22 September 2009 at 12:09 pm

The Grizzlies will be going with 21-year old Mike Conley as the starter when the season starts but Allen Iverson will be pushing him for the job all year long. Mike Conley played in all 82 games for the Grizzlies last season and he averaged 30.6 minutes, 10.9 points, 3.4 rebounds, 4.3 assists and 1.1 steals per game. With Conley being more of a shoot first point guard he will likely have a hard time holding Allen Iverson off the whole year. 34-year old Allen Iverson played in 57 games for the Pistons and Nuggets last season and he averaged 36.7 minutes, 17.5 points, 3.0 rebounds, 5.0 assists and 1.5 steals per game. Iverson has played point guard in the past but he definately is a shoot first player so it’s hard to say if his style will fit in with the Grizzlies. He should also get a lot of playing time at off guard backing up O.J. Mayo. 23-year old Marcus Williams was a first round pick that has fizzled out so far in his career. He played in 9 games with the Warriors last year and he averaged 6.0 minutes, 1.3 points, 0.4 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. Williams could surprise this season for the Grizzlies but he likely won’t get a lot of playing time unless the team suffers a lot of injures.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POINT GUARDS IN 2009-2010: C+

Allen Iverson to continue career with Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Uncategorized by Andrew on Wednesday 9 September 2009 at 2:52 pm

“God chose Memphis as the place where I will continue my career. I met with Mr. Heinsley, Chris Wallace and my next head coach Lionel Hollins.”  That was Allen Iverson’s twitter post this morning as he has announced that he is ready to sign with the Memphis Grizzlies.  Iverson had career lows in points, steals, and minutes this past season and will probably not get a deal anything close to the $20 million he was pulling down last year.  The number seems to be closer to $3.5 million for the season.

I’m not so sure that this is a good deal for the Grizzlies.  They already have some very talented and already proven young guards in O.J. Mayo and Rudy Gay.  They are also hoping for a big break out year from point guard Mike Conley.  So, Iverson may have to come off the bench, and we all saw how he handled that in Detroit.

When Detroit traded Chauncey Billups to the Denver Nuggets for Iverson last November, the success followed Billups and not Iverson.  Billups helped Carmello Anthony take that next step as a player as they won their division and made it to the Western Conference Finals, where they lost to the eventual NBA champion Los Angeles Lakers.  Detroit on the other hand went 39-43 and Iverson basically quit on the team and was granted a leave from the team from April 3rd on.  The Pistons barely snuck into the playoffs at the 8th spot without Iverson and they were easily swept by the Cleveland Cavaliers.  Iverson’s frustration is bound to return as his situation hasn’t seemed to change much in Memphis, so be ready for a midseason feud with Iverson and the Grizzlies’ coaches.

The Memphis Grizzlies are ready for Bear this season

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by alleyoop on Thursday 3 September 2009 at 9:04 am

The Memphis Grizzlies have gotten bigger and meaner on defense this off-season. It all started on draft night when the Grizzlies selected center Hasheem Thabeet in the first round. He will immediately give the Grizzlies a defensive presence in the paint which they lacked last season. Forwards DeMarre Carroll and Sam Young also give the Grizzlies some size inside. Zach Randolph was brought over in a trade with the Clippers and he will help out with solid rebounding and around 20 points per night. C Steven Hunter and PG Marcus Williams are both long shots to have any significant role for the Grizzlies this season. Quentin Richardson passed through town without ever wearing a Grizzlies’ uniform (went to Clippers for Randolph). PF Darko Milicic was traded to the Knicks but he’s really not much of a loss and he has never lived up to his potential. SF/SG Quinton Ross left as a free agent. Greg Buckner was traded to the Mavericks where he will reunite with Ross. SG Jerry Stackhouse was released shortly after being acquired by the Grizzlies.

OFF-SEASON GRADE FOR THE FRONT OFFICE SO FAR: B