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The Memphis Grizzlies need Tayshaun Prince to step up a little bit in 2013-14

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Saturday 28 September 2013 at 2:38 pm

The Grizzlies need 33-year old small forward Tayshaun Prince to step up his game a bit in 2013-14.  He played in 82 games (81 starts) for the Pistons and Grizzlies last year in which he averaged 32.1 minutes, 10.4 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.  He shot 40.4% from three point range last year.  Prince has now played in 806 games (766 starts) in his first 11 years in the NBA and he is averaging 33.2 minutes, 12.6 points, 4.6 rebounds and 2.6 assists per game.  25-year old Quincy Pondexter is going to be Prince’s caddy in 2013-14.  He played in 59 games (1 start) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 21.1 minutes, 6.4 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  Pondexter has now played in 189 games (15 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 15.8 minutes, 4.4 points, 1.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SMALL FORWARDS IN 2013-14:  C+

The Memphis Grizzlies invite Derrick Byars to training camp

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 27 September 2013 at 4:30 pm

The Grizzlies have invited 29-year old SF/SG Derrick Byars to training camp.  His only NBA experience came back in 2011-12 with the San Antonio Spurs.  Byars played in 2 games (0 starts) for he Spurs in 2011-12 and he averaged 18.5 minutes, 5.0 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Byars is going to be a longshot to win a roster spot out of training camp for the Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies invite Melvin Ely to training camp

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 26 September 2013 at 6:22 pm

The Grizzlies have invited 35-year old power forward Melvin Ely to training camp.  Ely played in 37 games (35 starts) for the Texas Legends last year and he averaged 26.5 minutes, 10.7 points, 6.6 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Ely last played in the NBA back in 2010-11 with the Denver Nuggets.  Ely has played in 373 games (55 starts) in his first eight years in the NBA and he is averaging 16.0 minutes, 5.3 points, 3.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  Ely is going to have a hard time cracking the Grizzlies’ roster.

The Memphis Grizzlies need a little more from the shooting guards in 2013-14

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Thursday 19 September 2013 at 1:00 pm

31-year old Tony Allen is a defensive stopper for the Grizzlies.  He played in 79 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 26.7 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.2 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  Allen has now played in 545 games (249 starts) in his first nine years in the NBA and he is averaging 20.8 minutes, 8.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  The Grizzlies signed 33-year old Mike Miller to give them some offensive thump off the bench in 2013-14.  Miller played in 59 games (17 starts) for the Heat last year and he averaged 15.3 minutes, 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  He has now played in 831 games (549 starts) in his first 13 years in the NBA and he is averaging 29.9 minutes, 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.  He is a very good shooter as he has hit 46.1% of his shots from the floor and 40.6% from three point range so far in his NBA career.  22-year old Jamaal Franklin was a second round pick in last June’s NBA Draft and he will be #3 in line at shooting guard when the 2013-14 season opens.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2013-14:  C+

The Memphis Grizzlies are in solid shape at point guard for 2013-14

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Monday 9 September 2013 at 4:19 pm

25-year old Mike Conley continues to get better as a player and a point guard for the Grizzlies.  Conley played in 80 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 34.5 minutes, 14.6 points, 2.8 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 2.2 steals per game.  He has now played in 438 games (409 starts) in his first six years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 32.6 minutes, 12.4 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.5 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  25-year old Jerryd Bayless is a solid backup at the point and he can also play shooting guard.  Bayless played in 80 games (4 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 22.1 minutes, 8.7 points, 2.2 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.  Bayless has now played in 309 games (40 starts) in his first five years in the NBA and he is averaging 19.2 minutes, 8.3 points, 1.9 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.  27-year old Josh Akognon and 24-year old rookie Nick Calathes will compete for the #3 point guard job in training camp.  Akognon played in 3 games (0 starts) for the Mavericks as a rookie last year and he averaged 3.0 minutes, 1.7 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.

PREDICTED GRADE FOR THE POINT GUARDS IN 2013-14:  B

The Memphis Grizzlies have dealt Tony Wroten to the 76ers

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Friday 23 August 2013 at 6:18 pm

The Grizzlies have dealt 20-year old shooting guard Tony Wroten to the 76ers for a future heavily protected future 2nd round pick.  Wroten played in 35 games (0 starts) as a rookie for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 7.8 minutes, 2.6 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  He only shot 38.4% from the floor, 25% from the three point line and 72.4% from the free throw line last year…..which was not good.  Wroten was a first round pick (#25 overall) in the 2012 NBA Draft, so he has to be looked as a failure with the Grizzlies.  To be fair though, he didn’t get enough time to show what he can really do on the basketball court.

The Memphis Grizzlies acquire Fab Melo from the Celtics

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Thursday 15 August 2013 at 6:25 pm

The Grizzlies have acquired 23-year old center Fab Melo from the Boston Celtics for 25-year old forward Donte Greene.  Melo was a first round pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  He played in 6 games (0 starts) for the Celtics last year and he averaged 6.0 minutes, 1.2 points and 0.5 rebounds per game.  But, he also played in 33 games (31 starts) for the Maine Red Claws of the D-League and he averaged 26.2 minutes, 9.8 points, 6.0 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 3.1 blocked shots per game.  Greene signed late in the 2012-13 season with the Grizzlies, but he never got into any games for them.  This was a good flier to take, as some big guys develop later on in their careers.

UPDATE:  (8/31/2013) – The Grizzlies have waived Fab Melo.

The Memphis Grizzlies sign Mike Miller

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 25 July 2013 at 5:41 pm

The Grizzlies have signed 33-year old SG/SF Mike Miller.  Miller played in 59 games (17 starts) for the Heat last year and he averaged 15.3 minutes, 4.8 points, 2.7 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  He also shot 41.7% from the three point line as he still has a good shooting stroke.  Miller has now played in 831 games (549 starts) in his first 13 years in the NBA and he is averaging 29.9 minutes, 12.3 points, 4.8 rebounds and 2.9 assists per game.  Miller has shot 46.1% from the floor, 40.7% from three point range and 76.7% from the free throw line so far in his NBA career.  Miller played six years earlier in his career with the Grizzlies.  Miller has played in 371 games (277 starts) for the Grizzlies and he averaged 32.0 minutes, 14.6 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.3 assists per game.  Miller is the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in three point shots made with 737 of them.  He is also #9 in games played (371), #8 in defensive rebounds (1,584), #10 in total rebounds (1,813), #5 in assists (1,221) and #5 in points scored (5,403) in Grizzlies’ history.  This was a good move for the Grizzlies as Miller should be able to help them off the bench in 2013-14, as long as his back holds up.

The Memphis Grizzlies have claimed Josh Akognon off waivers

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Thursday 25 July 2013 at 5:36 pm

The Grizzlies have claimed 27-year old point guard Josh Akognon off waivers from the Mavericks.  Akognon played in 3 games (0 starts) as a rookie for the Mavericks last year and he averaged 3.0 minutes, 1.7 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Akognon will have to look good in training camp to win a roster spot with the Grizzlies for the 2013-14 season.

The Memphis Grizzlies acquire Nick Calathes from the Mavericks

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,Trades by joelapinski on Monday 22 July 2013 at 10:00 pm

The Grizzlies have acquired 24-year old point guard Nick Calathes from the Mavericks for a 2nd round pick in the 2015 NBA Draft.  Calathes was the #45 overall pick of the 2009 NBA Draft by the Timberwolves.  Calathes played in 61 games in Europe last year and he averaged 30.6 minutes, 14.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, 5.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  Calathes is planning on coming stateside to play for the Grizzlies in 2013-14.  I like this deal for the Grizzlies as Calathes has some talent.