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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 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

The Memphis Grizzlies are getting a little old in tooth at shooting guard in 2016-17

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Thursday 20 October 2016 at 4:26 am

34-year old Tony Allen will be the Memphis Grizzlies‘ starting shooting guard in 2016-17.  Allen played in 64 games (57 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 25.3 minutes, 8.4 points, 4.6 rebounds, 1.1 assists and 1.7 steals per game.  He also played in 4 games (2 starts) in the playoffs last year and he averaged 23.5 minutes, 7.5 points, 2.8 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Allen has now played in 391 games (293 starts) in his first six years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 24.7 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.0 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  Allen has now played in 56 games (47 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 27.6 minutes, 8.9 points, 4.8 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.9 steals per game.  Allen has now played in 727 games (375 starts) in his first 12 years in the NBA and he is averaging 21.8 minutes, 8.1 points, 3.4 rebounds, 1.3 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  He has played in 112 games (50 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 19.2 minutes, 6.0 points, 3.0 rebounds, 0.9 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  Allen is #2 in Grizzlies’ history in steals with 681 of them.  He is also #10 in games played (391), #10 in offensive rebounds (575) and he is #9 in blocked shots (188) in Grizzlies’ history!

39-year old Vince Carter still has a little something left in the gas tank.  Carter played in 60 games (3 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 16.8 minutes, 6.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  He also played in 4 games (all starts) in the playoffs last year and he averaged 22.8 minutes, 11.3 points, 3.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  Carter has now played in 126 games (4 starts) in his first two years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 16.6 minutes, 6.2 points, 2.2 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  He has also played in 15 games (4 starts) in the playoffs for the Grizzlies in which he is averaging 19.1 minutes, 7.6 points, 4.1 rebounds and 1.1 assists per game.  Carter has now played in 1,274 games (954 starts) in his first 18 years in the NBA and he is averaging 32.4 minutes, 18.8 points, 4.6 rebounds, 3.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  He has also played in 82 games (60 starts) in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 34.6 minutes, 18.8 points, 5.6 rebounds, 3.5 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Carter is a 8-time NBA All-Star!  Carter is #24 in points scored (23,969), #81 in assists (4,377) and #57 in steals (1,361) in NBA history!

25-year old Troy Daniels will add some youth to this unit.  He played in 43 games (0 starts) for the Hornets last year and he averaged 11.1 minutes, 5.6 points, 1.3 rebounds and 0.5 assists per game.  He also played in 4 games (0 starts) in the playoffs last year and he averaged 4.5 minutes, 0.5 points and 0.5 rebounds per game.  Daniels has now played in 95 games (1 start) in his first three years in the NBA and he is averaging 10.0 minutes, 4.8 points, 1.0 rebound and 0.5 assists per game.  He has also played in 8 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 10.8 minutes, 4.1 points, 1.4 rebounds and 0.1 assists per game.

22-year old Jordan Adams will miss most, if not all of this season, due to knee surgery.  Adams only 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 has now played in 32 games (0 starts) in his first two years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 8.2 minutes, 3.2 points, 0.9 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Adams has also played in 4 games (0 starts) in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 2.5 minutes, 1.8 points and 0.3 rebounds per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE GRIZZLIES’ SHOOTING GUARDS IN 2016-17:  C-

 

 

The Memphis Grizzlies have high hopes at point guard for the 2016-17 season!

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,Positional Previews by joelapinski on Thursday 15 September 2016 at 6:51 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies have high hopes at point guard for the 2016-17 season.  It all starts with 28-year old Mike Conley, who the Grizzlies made the highest paid player in the NBA over the summer.  Conley played in 56 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 31.4 minutes, 15.3 points, 2.9 rebounds, 6.1 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  Conley has now played in 637 games (608 starts) in his first 9 years with the Grizzlies and he is averaging 32.5 minutes, 13.6 points, 2.9 rebounds, 5.6 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  He has also played in 50 games (all starts) in the playoffs for the Grizzlies in which he is averaging 37.4 minutes, 15.5 points, 3.7 rebounds, 6.7 assists and 1.4 steals per game.  Conley is already the Grizzlies’ all-time leader in games played (637), assists (3,578) and steals (963)!  He is also #2 in three pointers made (736), #9 in defensive rebounds (1,551) and he is #2 in points (8,635) in Grizzlies’ history!

The Memphis Grizzlies selected 20-year old point guard Wade Baldwin in the first round (#17 overall) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  He will be Conley’s caddy at the point for the foreseeable future.

21-year old Andrew Harrison spent his first year as a professional basketball player in the D-League in 2015-16.  He played in 46 games (45 starts) for the Iowa Energy in 2015-16 and he averaged 35.3 minutes, 18.5 points, 4.3 rebounds, 4.9 assists and 1.5 steals per game.

PROJECTED GRADE FOR THE GRIZZLIES’ POINT GUARDS IN 2016-17:  B

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+

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