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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 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

Marc Gasol keeps getting better for the Memphis Grizzlies

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by admin on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 3:12 pm

27-year old center Marc Gasol just keeps getting better for the Grizzlies.  Gasol played in 65 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 36.5 minutes, 14.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.9 blocked shots per game.  He has now played in 297 games (290 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 33.5 minutes, 13.1 points, 8.1 rebounds, 2.4 assists and 1.5 blocked shots per game.  He gives the Grizzlies one of the best centers in the NBA.  27-year old Hamed Haddadi will be the #2 center in 2012-13.  He played in 35 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 5.9 minutes, 2.0 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  Haddadi has now played in 121 games (0 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 6.1 minutes, 2.1 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  26-year old Jerome Jordan played in 21 games (0 starts) for the Knicks as a rookie last year and he averaged 5.1 minutes, 2.0 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE CENTERS IN 2012-13:  A

The Memphis Grizzlies hope that Zach Randolph can stay healthy in 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by admin on Tuesday 23 October 2012 at 2:51 pm

The Grizzlies really need a healthy 31-year old Zach Randolph in 2012-13.  He played in 28 games (8 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 26.3 minutes, 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  Randolph has now played in 690 games (542 starts) in his first 11 years in the NBA and he is averaging 31.4 minutes, 17.3 points, 9.1 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  25-year old Marreese Speights will be one of the top backup power forwards in the NBA.  He played in 60 games (54 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 22.4 minutes, 8.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  Speights has now played in 265 games (58 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 16.4 minutes, 7.6 points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  24-year old Darrell Arthur will start the 2012-13 season late due to injury.  Arthur didn’t play last year due to injury.  Arthur has now played in 188 games (74 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 18.8 minutes, 6.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POWER FORWARDS IN 2012-13:  B+

The Memphis Grizzlies hope that Rudy Gay keeps rolling in 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by admin on Tuesday 2 October 2012 at 6:42 pm

The Grizzlies have high hopes for 26-year old small forward Rudy Gay, who is one of the most consistently good players in the entire NBA.  Gay played in 65 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies so far this year and he is averaging 37.3 minutes, 19.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  He has now played in 437 games (401 starts) in his first six years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 36.1 minutes, 17.9 points, 5.7 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  24-year old Quincy Pondexter will get the first shot to be the #2 small forward for the Grizzlies in 2012-13.  Pondexter played in 64 games (8 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 15.7 points, 4.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  He has now played in 130 games (14 starts) in his first two years in the NBA and he is averaging 13.4 minutes, 3.5 points, 1.6 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  31-year old Ronald Dupree and 22-year old D.J. Kennedy will be in training camp to compete for a bench job in 2012-13.  Dupree last played in the NBA back in 2010-11 with the Raptors.  Dupree has played in 157 games (8 starts) in his first six years in the NBA and he is averaging 11.2 minutes, 3.5 points, 2.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  D.J. Kennedy played in 2 games (0 starts) for the Cavaliers last year and he averaged 29.5 minutes, 6.0 points, 3.5 rebounds, 1.5 assists and 1.0 steal per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SMALL FORWARDS IN 2012-13:  A

The Memphis Grizzlies are so-so at shooting guard for 2012-13

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by admin on Tuesday 11 September 2012 at 9:19 pm

30-year old Tony Allen will be the unquestioned starting shooting guard for the Grizzlies in 2012-13.  Allen played in 58 games (57 starts) for the Grizzlies last  year and he averaged 26.3 minutes, 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  He has now played in 466 games (170 starts) in his first eight years in the NBA and he is averaging 19.8 minutes, 7.8 points, 2.8 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  24-year old Wayne Ellington will replace O.J. Mayo (signed with Mavericks) as Allen’s caddy in 2012-13.  Ellington played in 51 games (4 starts) for the Timberwolves last year and he averaged 19.1 minutes, 6.1 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  He has now played in 189 games (13 starts) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 18.7 minutes, 6.5 points, 1.9 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  21-year old Josh Selby will be #3 in line at shooting guard for the Grizzlies in 2012-13.  Selby played in 28 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies as a rookie last year and he averaged 8.5 minutes, 2.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  He only shot 34.7% from the floor as a rookie last year.  If he doesn’t start shooting better, his butt is going to be nailed to the bench.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2012-13:  C

The Memphis Grizzlies are in great shape at point guard for the 2012-13 season

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by admin on Wednesday 29 August 2012 at 7:58 pm

24-year old Michael Conley Jr. will be the starting point guard for the Grizzlies in 2012-13, and he is rock solid.  Conley played in 62 games (61 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 35.1 minutes, 12.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.  Conley has also played in 358 games (329 starts) in his first five years in the NBA and he is averaging 32.1 minutes, 11.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, 5.4 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  24-year old Jerryd Bayless will be the backup point guard for the Grizzlies in 2012-13.  He played in 31 games (11 starts) for the Raptors last year and he averaged 22.7 minutes, 11.4 points, 2.1 rebounds and 3.8 assists per game.  Bayless has now played in 229 games (36 starts) in his first four years in the NBA and he is averaging 18.2 minutes, 8.1 points, 1.8 rebounds and 2.8 assists per game.  The Grizzlies picked 19-year old Tony Wroten Jr. in the first round of last year’s NBA Draft.  They will likely bring him along slowly.  He played in 35 games for the Washington Huskies last year (his only college season) and he averaged 30.3 minutes, 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE POINT GUARDS IN 2012-13:  B

The Memphis Grizzlies are locked and loaded at power forward for 2011-12

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by admin on Monday 5 December 2011 at 9:41 pm

30-year old Zach Randolph just keeps getting better and the Grizzlies hope that trend continues.  He played in 75 games (74 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 36.3 minutes, 20.1 points, 12.2 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  Randolph has now played in 662 games (534 starts) in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 31.7 minutes, 17.6 points, 9.2 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  23-year old Darrell Arthur is just biding his time backing up Zach Randolph.  Arthur played in 80 games (9 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 20.1 minutes, 9.1  points, 4.3 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.  He has now played in 188 games (173 starts) in his first three years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 18.8 minutes, 6.9 points, 4.2 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.

Rudy Gay is ready to continue rolling for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2011-12

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by admin on Sunday 27 November 2011 at 1:52 pm

25-year old Rudy Gay has really turned into one of the best small forwards in the NBA and the Grizzlies need him to keep up the good work in 2011-12.  Gay played in 54 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 39.9 minutes, 19.8 points, 6.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, 1.7 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game.  He has now played in 372 games (336 starts) in his first five years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 36.0 minutes, 17.8 points, 5.6  rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.3 steals per game.

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