We get it, nobody wants the Grizzlies on their TV onside of their fan base. There’s nothing sexy about them. They don’t have a true star. There is nobody on ESPN is talking about Marc Gasol or Mike Conley, despite them having some of the longer and more successful careers in the league. Not to mention the overwhelmingly successful record the Grizz have posted with both in the line-up. At 33 and 31 respectively, they’re in their career’s twilight and their replacements are now here. Jevon Carter and Jaren Jackson Jr we selected in the first and second round of the 2018 draft. In my opinion, the best draft the Memphis Grizzlies have had in a very long time. JJJ is all the things you need a post player to be in today’s NBA. Jevon Carter has earned his way to the NBA in typical Grit-n-Grind fashion. It’s starting to look a lot like Grindmas again in the Bluff City and I couldn’t be happier.
Then there’s Chandler Parsons. I have been quoted saying he’s the largest waste of 95 million dollars this side of the defense budget. Sure, he averaged 15 and 5 from 2012-2016, but has not played more than 36 games in a season since joining the Grizzlies in 2016. Chandler has been better known for the Instagram models he’s dated than his basketball the past 3 years. He truly is the x-factor on this year’s team. I think that he’ll return to form, but I really might be the only one. Knees are important in basketball, but he has had a real off-season for the first time since joining the team. He has a huge chip on his shoulder and I hope he proves the sports world wrong. He turns 30 on the 25th of this month and then our 3 most proven players will all be 30+. I turn 30 in January, so naturally I want this team to prove themselves competitive.
They made a lot of moves that were unnoticed, by most of the league, this offseason. Shelvin Mack, Garrett Temple, Kyle Anderson, Omri Casspi all put on a Grizzlies jersey for the first time this past year. It seems like they’re expecting more out of MarShon Brooks, Andrew Harrison, and Wayne Selden this year and they should stay out of the G League. We still don’t know the ceiling of Dillon Brooks. All of which is filling in a huge void on the wing that’s plagued the Grizzlies since the departure of Rudy Gay in 2013. The retaining of JaMychal Green will be huge in the development of JJJ and we have yet to see his full potential either. Maybe it takes a village but this year’s team feels different. They went out and acquired some of that defensive grit and veteran prowess that led the Grizzlies to 7 straight playoff appearances from 2010 to 2017. I expect the boys to fight for the 7th or 8th playoff spot in an overloaded Western Conference, but once again… I really might be the only one. Until next time, stay classy Memphis.