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The Memphis Grizzlies lose James Ennis

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Need to step up by joelapinski on Wednesday 23 November 2016 at 8:29 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies will be without 26-year old small forward James Ennis for at least the next two weeks due to a strained calf.  Ennis has played in 14 games (13 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 29.2 minutes, 9.1 points, 5.3 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  With Chandler Parsons also out due to injury, the Grizzlies are going to need some other guys to step up.  34-year old Tony Allen will likely move back into the starting lineup.  Allen has played in 7 games (5 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 22.4 minutes, 7.1 points, 3.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  39-year old Vince Carter will still get his fair share of P.T.  He has played in 14 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 27.6 minutes, 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  21-year old undrafted rookie Troy Williams could also see a bump in P.T.  He has played in 9 games (1 start) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 7.3 minutes, 2.3 points, 0.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.

The old guys still have a lot left in the gas thank for the Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 9:10 pm

35-year old power forward Zach Randolph and 39-year old SG/SF Vince Carter are both proving to have a lot left in the gas tank so far in 2016-17 for the Memphis Grizzlies.  Randolph has played in 13 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 22.0 minutes, 14.5 points, 7.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  He has now played in 491 games (441 starts) in his first 8 years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 33.5 minutes, 17.2 points, 10.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.  He has been an NBA All-Star two times for the Grizzlies (2009-10 and 2012-13).  Randolph is currently #3 in games played (491), #9 in assists (976), #7 in steals (397) and #4 in points scored (8,421) in Grizzlies’ history.  He is also the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in offensive rebounds (1,738), defensive rebounds (3,379) and total rebounds (5,117)!  Carter has played in 13 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 27.2 minutes, 9.9 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  Carter has now played in 139 games (4 starts) in his first three years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 17.6 minutes, 6.5 points, 2.4 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  The Grizzlies would be smart to manage the minutes for Randolph and Carter to keep them fresh and healthy this year.

Chandler Parsons is hurt again for the Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Injuries,Need to step up by joelapinski on Monday 21 November 2016 at 8:56 pm

28-year old small forward Chandler Parsons of the Memphis Grizzlies is out indefinitely due to a bone bruise in his left knee.  Parsons has played in 6 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 21.0 minutes, 7.7 points, 3.0 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  He is only shooting 39.1% from the floor and 23.8% from three point range so far this year.  26-year old James Ennis will move back into the starting lineup at small forward until Parsons is ready to return to action.  Ennis has played in 13 games (12 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 30.5 minutes, 9.2 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  The Grizzlies should be in solid hands until Parsons returns to action, as Ennis has played well for them so far this year.

The Memphis Grizzlies are giving a lot of work to a couple of their rookies in 2016-17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Rookie Reports by joelapinski on Thursday 10 November 2016 at 9:21 pm

22-year old shooting guard Andrew Harrison and 20-year old point guard Wade Baldwin are both getting a lot of P.T. so far this year for the Memphis Grizzlies.  Harrison has played in 7 games (2 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 24.4 minutes, 6.3 points, 1.6 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  But, he is only shooting 30% from the floor, 21.1% from three point range and 72.7% from the free throw line so far this year and he will have to shoot better than that if he wants to stay in the Grizzlies’ playing rotation.  Baldwin has played in 6 games (1 start) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 20.8 minutes, 4.3 points, 2.5 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Baldwin is only shooting 28.6% from the floor, 25% from three point range and 100% from the free throw line so far this year.  Baldwin was the Grizzlies’ first round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, but he is going to have to shoot better to keep getting consistent minutes.  19-year old center Deyonta Davis has looked solid so far this year.  He has played in 5 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 6.8 minutes, 3.4 points and 1.6 rebounds per game.  He is shooting 87.5% from the floor, but only 60% from the free throw line so far this year.  21-year old small forward Troy Williams has played in 5 games (1 start) so far this year and he is averaging 9.8 minutes, 3.4 points, 0.4 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  He is shooting 45.5% from the floor, 25% from three point range and 66.7% from the free throw line so far this year.

Chandler Parsons is ready to his Memphis Grizzlies’ debut tomorrow

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Sunday 6 November 2016 at 1:39 am

The Memphis Grizzlies signed 28-year old small forward Chandler Parsons to a 4-year, $94 million dollar deal last summer knowing that he might not be ready for the start of the 2016-17 season, due to the fact that he was still rehabbing from knee surgery.  He will make his Grizzlies’ debut tomorrow against the Portland Trailblazers.  Parsons played in 61 games (51 starts) for the Mavericks last year and he averaged 29.5 minutes, 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.  He shot 49.2% from the floor, 41.4% from the three point line and 68.4% from the free throw line last year.  Parsons coming back will bump 26-year old James Ennis to the bench.  Ennis is playing really well for the Grizzlies so far this year.  He has played in 6 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 30.7 minutes, 11.5 points, 7.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Ennis is shooting 48.9% from the floor, 42.1% from three point range and 75% from the free throw line so far this year.  Ennis will do a solid job off the bench and he will help the Grizzlies monitor Parsons’ workload until he is 100% healthy.

A couple of young players are stepping up at the forward slots for the Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Steppin Up by joelapinski on Friday 4 November 2016 at 11:23 pm

26-year old small forward James Ennis and 26-year old power forward JaMychal Green both stepped up late last year, Ennis for the New Orleans Pelicans and Green for the Memphis Grizzlies when both teams suffered huge rashes of injuries.  They have continued to play well so far this year for the Grizzlies.  Ennis has played in 5 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 29.6 minutes, 12.0 points, 7.2 rebounds, 0.6 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Ennis is shooting 52.6% from the floor, 44.4% from the three point line and 75% from the free throw line so far this year.  Green has played in 5 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 31.2 minutes, 11.2 points, 5.8 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  Green is shooting 47.9% from the floor, 43.8% from the three point line and 75% from the free throw line so far this year.  Ennis will likely only keep his starting gig until Chandler Parsons is ready to return to action.  He is recovering from a knee injury.  Green has smooth sailing to keep his starting power forward spot, as long as he keeps playing well.

Marc Gasol is ready to rock in 2016-17 for the Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Tuesday 25 October 2016 at 12:06 am

The Memphis Grizzlies hope that 31-year old center Marc Gasol can stay healthy in 2016-17!  He played in 52 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 34.4 minutes, 16.6 points, 7.0 rebounds, 3.8 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.3 blocked shots per game.  He shot 46.4% from the floor and 82.9% from the free throw line last year.  The Grizzlies need Gasol to stay healthy as he is the only real center on the whole roster.  35-year old Zach Randolph will play most of his minutes at power forward, but he could slide over to center when Gasol needs a breather.  29-year old Brandan Wright is going to miss the first couple of weeks this year due to a sprained left ankle.  Wright played in 12 games (2 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 17.7 minutes, 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.  Wright shot a very impressive 67.3% from the floor, but only 54.2% from the free throw line last year.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE GRIZZLIES’ CENTERS IN 2016-17:  A-

The Memphis Grizzlies are in solid shape at power forward

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Monday 24 October 2016 at 11:49 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies are in solid shape at power forward for the 2016-17 season!  26-year old JaMychal Green played so well at the end of last season when the Grizzlies were ransacked with injuries, that he will open this year as the starting power forward.  Green played in 78 games (15 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 18.5 minutes, 7.4 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  He shot 46.5% from the floor, 33.3% from three point range and 75.2% from the free throw line last year.  35-year old Zach Randolph will be the first big man off the bench for the Grizzlies in 2016-17, as he will split time between power forward and center.  He played in 68 games (53 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 29.6 minutes, 15.3 points, 7.8 rebounds and 2.1 assists per game.  Randolph shot 47.5% from the floor, 23.1% from the three point line and 79.6% from the free throw line last year.  He could win the 6th Man of the Year Award in 2016-17, if he can stay healthy.  19-year old rookie Deyonta Davis was the #31 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2016 NBA Draft by the Boston Celtics, who traded him to the Grizzlies on draft night.  Davis will likely have to bide his time before he gets much P.T. for the Grizzlies.  22-year old Jarell Martin is dealing with a foot injury.  He played in 27 games (0 starts) as a rookie for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 14.1 minutes, 5.7 points, 3.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  He was a 1st round pick (#15 overall) in the 2015 NBA Draft by the Grizzlies, so they have high hopes for him.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE GRIZZLIES’ POWER FORWARDS IN 2016-17:  B

The Memphis Grizzlies waive Jordan Adams

Blogged under Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General by joelapinski on Monday 24 October 2016 at 3:26 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies have waived 22-year old shooting guard Jordan Adams.  Adams played in 2 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 7.5 minutes, 3.5 points, 1.0 rebound, 1.5 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  He played in 32 games (0 starts) in his two years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 8.2 minutes, 3.2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Adams also played in 4 games (0 starts) in the playoffs for the Grizzlies and he averaged 2.5 minutes, 1.8 points and 0.3 rebounds per game.  Adams was a 1st round pick (#22 overall) in the 2014 NBA Draft by the Grizzlies, but he just couldn’t stay healthy.  He was going to miss a big chunk of this season due to injury too, so the Grizzlies cut bait with him.  If he can get healthy down the road, he could get another shot at the NBA with another team.

The Memphis Grizzlies hope Chandler Parsons can stay healthy in 2016-17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Sunday 23 October 2016 at 11:26 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies spent big bucks on 28-year old small forward Chandler Parsons last summer in an effort to improve their offense in 2016-17.  But, he is not going to be ready when the season starts as he is still rehabbing a knee injury.  Parsons played in 61 games (51 starts) for the Mavericks last year and he averaged 29.5 minutes, 13.7 points, 4.7 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.  Parsons shot an impressive 49.2% from the floor and 41.4% from the three point line, but only 68.4% from the free throw line last year.  26-year old James Ennis was a find late last year for the Grizzlies.  He played in 22 games (5 starts) overall last year for the Heat, Pelicans and Grizzlies in which he averaged 15.0 minutes, 7.2 points, 1.9 rebounds and 1.0 assist per game.  He shot a very impressive 47.8% from the floor, 44.8% from the three point line and 73.5% from the free throw line last year.  Ennis will likely start at small forward until Parsons is ready to return to action.  21-year old undrafted rookie Troy Williams out of Indiana will start out the season as the Grizzlies’ #3 small forward.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE GRIZZLIES’ SMALL FORWARDS IN 2016-17:  B

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