The Memphis Grizzlies finished up with a 42-40 record during the 2015-16 season and a lot of credit has to go to head coach Dave Joerger for getting them to the playoffs. After all, the Grizzlies had 28 players play in at least one game for them this year due to the unbelievable rash of injuries to key players. It was no surprise that the Spurs swept them in the playoffs.
TEAM MVP: Marc Gasol, center – 31-year old center Marc Gasol was having one of the better years in his career in 2015-16, until he broke his foot in the second half. He played in 52 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies in 2015-16 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 had 9 Double-Doubles and 1 Triple-Double for the Grizzlies last year. In his 7 games (all starts) in which he played at least 40 minutes, Gasol averaged 42.3 minutes, 26.6 points, 7.1 rebounds, 4.6 assists, 0.9 steals and 2.6 blocked shots per game.
MOST IMPROVED: Lance Stephenson, shooting guard – When the Grizzlies acquired Stephenson at the trade deadline, he was in Doc Rivers’ Dog House. He played in 43 games (10 starts) for the Los Angeles Clippers in 2015-16 and he averaged 15.8 minutes, 4.7 points, 2.5 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. But, he was like a brand new guy in Memphis. He played in 26 games (3 starts) for the Grizzlies in 2015-16 and he averaged 26.6 minutes, 14.2 points, 4.4 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Brandan Wright, PG/C – When the Grizzlies signed 28-year old PF/C Brandan Wright, they were expecting him to be their top backup big man. But he got hurt early in the year and it pretty much knocked him out. He played in 12 games (2 starts) for the Grizzlies in 2015-16 and he averaged 17.7 minutes, 6.9 points, 3.6 rebounds, 0.5 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game.