The Grizzlies had a solid 2012-13 season overall despite getting swept by the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals. The Grizzlies finished up with a 56-26 record (68.3%) record during the regular season, which had them in second place in the Southwest Division, 2 games behind the Spurs. The Grizzlies also went 8-7 (53.3%) in the playoffs last year. Here is a look at the players who made the biggest impacts for the Grizzlies in 2012-13, in my opinion:
TEAM MVP: Zach Randolph – 31-year old power forward Zach Randolph was the Grizzlies’ best all-around player in 2012-13. He played in 76 games (75 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 34.3 minutes, 15.4 points, 11.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game. He had 45 double-doubles for the Grizzlies last year. Randolph scored at least 20 points in 13 games last year and he had 10 or more rebounds in a very impressive 48 games.
BIGGEST SURPRISE: Marc Gasol – 28-year old center Marc Gasol’s defense was the biggest surprise for the Grizzlies in 2012-13. He was named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year in 2012-13. Gasol played in 80 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 35.0 minutes, 14.1 points, 7.8 rebounds, 4.0 assists, 1.0 steals and 1.7 blocked shots per game. Gasol had 18 double-doubles for the Grizzlies last year. He had 17 games in which he scored at least 20 points last year. He also had 20 games with 10 or more rebounds, 32 games with 5 or more assists, 11 games with 3 or more assists and 20 games with 3 or more blocked shots last year.
BIGGEST DISAPPOINTMENT: Ed Davis – 23-year old power forward Ed Davis was part of the return the Grizzlies got from Toronto when they dealt Rudy Gay to them. Davis played in 36 games (4 starts) for the Grizzlies last year and he averaged 15.1 minutes, 5.1 points, 4.4 rebounds, 0.2 assists and 1.3 blocked shots per game. Davis played in 81 games (28 starts) overall last year for the Raptors and Grizzlies in which he averaged 20.1 minutes, 7.7 points, 5.7 rebounds, 0.8 assists and 1.0 blocked shot per game. Despite his sub par play with the Grizzlies after the deal with the Raptors, he still has a nice upside.