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Zach Randolph of the Memphis Grizzlies gets selected to the All-Star Team

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Thursday 31 January 2013 at 11:08 pm

31-year old power forward Zach Randolph has played in 42 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 35.1 minutes, 15.8 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  Randolph has played in 1 All-Star Game so far in his career in which he had 8 points, 6 rebounds, 2 assists and 2 steals in 19 minutes off the bench.  This is good news for Grizzlies’ fans as they don’t really know where their team stands after last night’s trade of Rudy Gay.

The Memphis Grizzlies shockingly deal Rudy Gay to the Raptors

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 31 January 2013 at 4:55 am

Despite having the fourth best record in the Western Conference with a 29-15 record, the Grizzlies still traded 26-year old small forward Rudy Gay and 27-year old center Hamed Haddadi to the Toronto Raptors as part of a three team deal also involving the Detroit Pistons.  The Grizzlies got 32-year old small forward Tayshaun Prince and 24-year old small forward Austin Daye from the Pistons and they also got 23-year old power forward Ed Davis and a 2nd round pick from the Toronto Raptors.  The Raptors also sent point guard Jose Calderon to complete this deal.

Prince will replace Rudy Gay in the starting lineup at small forward.  Prince played in 45 games (all starts) for the Pistons this year and he averaged 32.4 minutes, 11.7 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.5 assists per game.  Prince shot 44.4% from the floor, 43.4% from the three point line and 79.6% from the free throw line for the Pistons…..so he has been shooting better than Rudy Gay.  Prince has now played in 769 games (730 starts) in his first 11 years in the NBA and he is averaging 33.3 minutes, 12.8 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.  Daye will have the same role he had in Detroit…backing up Prince at small forward.  Daye played in 24 games (0 starts) for the Pistons this year and he averaged 14.5 minutes, 5.1 points, 2.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Daye is shooting 44.3% from the floor, an amazing 52.5% from three point range and 83.3% from the free throw line so far this year….which is impressive.  Davis will probably turn out to be the best player the Grizzlies got in this deal down the road.  Davis played in 45 games (24 starts) for the Raptors this year and he averaged 24.2 minutes, 9.7 points, 6.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  Davis is shooting 54.9% from the floor but only 64.7% from the free throw line so far this year.  Davis has now played in 176 games (50 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 24.0 minutes, 7.7 points, 6.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Davis has a nice upside.

Rudy Gay played in 42 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 36.7 minutes, 17.2 points, 5.9 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  But, he was only shooting 40.8% from the floor, 31% from the three point line and 77.6% from the free throw line so far this year.  Gay played in 479 games (443 starts) in his seven years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 36.2 minutes, 17.9 points, 5.8 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Rudy Gay made his mark with the Grizzlies as he is all over the record books.  Gay is the all-time leader for the Raptors in both games played (479) and steals (640).  He is also #3 in three pointers made (488), #9 in offensive rebounds (725), #3 in defensive rebounds (2,033), #3 in total rebounds (2,758), #8 in assists (954), #5 in blocked shots (420) and #2 in points scored (8,562) in Grizzlies’ history.  Hamed Haddadi played in 13 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 6.7 minutes, 1.2 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Haddadi played in 134 games (0 starts) in his five years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 6.1 minutes, 2.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Haddadi is no loss for the Grizzlies.

This deal wreaks of a salary dump.  But, it might work out in the long run as Davis and Daye have nice upsides.  Prince is a battle tested veteran who could help the Grizzlies in the playoffs.

The Memphis Grizzlies will likely be quiet at the trade deadline

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Monday 28 January 2013 at 8:15 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies are 28-15 (65.1%) on the season, which has them #4 in the Western Conference, 6 games behind the Spurs for the #1 slot.  The Grizzlies already made one salary dump trade so that they could keep the core of the team together.  If they make any more deals, it will likely be of the smaller variety in an attempt to save more cash.  If a rebuilding team is willing to trade a draft pick or a young cheap player for Hamed Haddadi, the Grizzlies would listen.  Other that something like that, I don’t see the Grizzlies doing much.

The Memphis Grizzlies are going through some changes at shooting guard

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Need to step up by admin on Monday 28 January 2013 at 5:08 am

31-year old Tony Allen might have to pick up more minutes in the near future due to the knee injury to Quincy Pondexter and the recent deal of Wayne Ellington to the Cavs.  Allen has played in 39 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 27.1 minutes, 8.3 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  Allen is one of the best defensive players on the Grizzlies and that’s why he makes the big bucks.  19-year old rookie Tony Wroten is likely going to pick up a lot of P.T. until Pondexter returns to action.  Wroten has played in 10 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 7.6 minutes, 3.1 points, 1.7 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Maybe his shooting will improve (33.3% from the floor), now that he will be getting some consistent P.T. for a little while.

Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay get to stay for the Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by admin on Thursday 24 January 2013 at 7:43 pm

Despite being 27-14 on the season, the Grizzlies were seriously shopping 32-year old power forward Zach Randolph and 26-year old small forward Rudy Gay in an effort to get under the tax threshold.  In making the big deal with the Cavaliers earlier this week, it shaved over $4 million bucks from the payroll, getting the Grizzlies under the tax threshold.  That is a good thing, because Randolph and Gay would have been almost impossible to replace.  Randolph has played in 39 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 35.1 minutes, 16.1 points, 11.6 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  He has been a beast around the basket for the Grizzlies once again in 2012-13.  Rudy Gay has played in 39 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he is averaging 36.9 minutes, 17.3 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  Gay is the Grizzlies’ best offensive player as he is their leading scorer so far this year.  The Cavaliers came to the Grizzlies’ rescue this week.

The Memphis Grizzlies make a big deal with the Cleveland Cavaliers

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by admin on Thursday 24 January 2013 at 12:36 am

The Grizzlies got looted by the Cleveland Cavaliers, but making this deal will allow them to keep the core of their team together in 2012-13.  The Grizzlies have acquired 23-year old power forward Jon Leuer from the Cavaliers.  He played in 9 games (0 starts) for the Cavs earlier this year and he averaged 10.1 minutes, 2.4 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  He has now played in 55 games (12 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 11.7 minutes, 4.4 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  To get Leuer, the Grizzlies dealt 25-year old PF/C Marreese Speights, 25-year old shooting guard Wayne Ellington, 21-year old shooting guard Josh Selby and a first round pick in 2015 (it is top five protected and it is also protected from pick 15-30).  In 2016, the pick has the same conditions as 2015.  In 2017 and 2018, the draft pick is only top five protected.  If it gets all the way to 2019, the draft pick is unprotected.  Speights will be the biggest loss in this deal for the Grizzlies.  He played in 40 games (2 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 14.5 minutes, 6.6 points, 4.7 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  In his two years with the Grizzlies, Speights averaged 19.2 minutes, 7.9 points, 5.6 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  Ellington played in 40 games (4 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 16.9 minutes, 5.5 points, 1.3 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Selby played in 10 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 5.9 minutes, 2.0 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Selby played in 38 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 7.8 minutes, 2.2 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game on 33% shooting from the floor.  The Grizzlies gave up a lot of their bench to keep the starting unit together as Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph’s names were coming up quite a bit in trade rumors.

Stromile Swift was a disappointment with the Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by admin on Sunday 13 January 2013 at 11:08 pm

In 2000, the Vancouver Grizzlies selected power forward Stromile Swift with the #2 overall pick of the NBA Draft.  He played in 441 games (92 starts) in his seven years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 20.4 minutes, 8.7 points, 4.8 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.4 blocked shots per game.  Swift’s best season for the Grizzlies came back in 2001-02, which was the first year than they played in Memphis.  Swift played in 68 games (14 starts) for the Grizzlies in 2001-02, in which he averaged 26.5 minutes, 11.8 points, 6.3 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.7 blocked shots per game.  Swift is still #3 in games played (441) in Grizzlies’ history.  He is also #8 in offensive rebounds (748), #9 in defensive rebounds (1,380), #8 in total rebounds (2,128), #8 in steals (307) and #2 in blocked shots (607) in Grizzlies’ history.

Marc Gasol is having another rock solid year in 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by admin on Wednesday 9 January 2013 at 12:25 am

27-year old center Marc Gasol has been solid as a rock for the Grizzlies so far this year.  He has played in 32 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 34.9 minutes, 13.7 points, 7.5 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.1 steals and 1.9 blocked shots per game.  He is shooting 48.8% from the floor and 88.5% from the free throw line so far this year.  Gasol has been a force on both ends of the basketball court so far this year and I see now reason to think that he will slow down any time soon.

The Memphis Grizzlies will be without Quincy Pondexter for a while

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries by admin on Tuesday 8 January 2013 at 5:37 pm

The Grizzlies will be without 24-year old SG/SF Quincy Pondexter indefinitely due to a knee injury.  He has played in 27 games (1 start) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 23.1 minutes, 6.7 points, 2.3 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  He is shooting 41.8% from the floor, 42.3% from three point range and 75.8% from the free throw line so far this year.  Pondexter will be missed as he was playing well off the bench for the Grizzlies this year.

Marreese Speights is playing well off the bench for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by admin on Thursday 3 January 2013 at 12:45 am

25-year old Marreese Speights has adjusted well to coming off the bench again in 2012-13.  He did a great job filling in for Zach Randolph last season, but with him healthy this year, minutes are hard to come by.  He has played in 28 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 14.6 minutes, 6.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Speights is a really good insurance policy for the Grizzlies as he could step into the starting lineup if anything were to happen to Zach Randolph or Marc Gasol.