A lot of people in this forum are talking about the Thunder, Clippers etc. - what is okay because they are young, flashy and so on. I just wanted to pay some attention to the Grizzlies who won eight games in a row (against Miami, OKC, NY and others). They have a really strong starting five, a good bench, play hard on D and - what is different to the last years - they are one of the better offensive teams in the NBA (though Rudy Gay struggles with his shot).
Are they a contender? Or are they tough to beat, but no contender (because of missing one or two superstars)?
I'm a season ticket holder and even though i live in Orlando i sometimes travel to their games...I really think the addition of Tony Allen gave this team an identity...Before he got there,they were 1 of the worst defensive teams in the nba...They have the best frontline in the nba and an underrated coach in Hollins,that communicates well with his players...If you are playing well you're going to get time on the court,and if you're not playing you're going to sit....And Marc Gasol's passing skills are very underrated,even when he's not scoring,he can do so many other things......Memphis is so much better when he's on the floor....
Last year alot of so called experts said that Memphis was their darkhorse to make the finals...They beat all of the top teams last season..The only thing that hurt them was their lack of consistent outside shooters...They tried tried to addressed that problem during the of-season,by signing Bayless & Ellington,but those guys have a history of being inconsistent..Memphis needs at least 1 of them to hit their shots consistently every night....
If they can acquire a flight shooting guard,that can create his own plays and hit outside shots,they'll be unbeatable..
Contender for sure. Can they beat Miami in a seven game series? maybe not. But I wouldn't be surprised at all if they won the Western Conference title.
ive said sense last year imo they should trade him and totally run the offense threw z bo and gasol so many times rudy will stand around dribble the shot clock down and take a horrible shot i know people will say but hes 8th in the league in scoring which i understand but look how good the grizz played with out him imo they are just a better team without rudy
Can't agree on that ... I think it is no question that he is overpayed, but I also think that he is very important for them.
I mean he plays better defense than he ever did before and if he becomes consistent on his shot, I think they are content with him. He is 26 and still has some room for improvement.
And: How many better small forwards are in that league? There aren't many, so I don't think a trade would help the Grizzlies, they would get some first round picks, but nothing what would help them more than Rudy does in the moment.
so many posters on this site use lazy ass grammar and spelling. You do realize there isn't a single piece of punctuation in this entire paragraph right?
I thought Selby would be a power of the bench. Still young hopefully he will get some time.
I don't see them as a contender but a very tough team to beat the in playoffs. Haven't their last two playoff losses been in 7 game series?
They are a team that can get out of the first round, give the 2nd round team a run for their money and eventually lose in the conference finals but not without putting up a great fight.
I don't see this TEAM winning it all simply because they are a collective team. The last time a collective team won the NBA title were the '04 Pistons, and this Grizzlies team is no where near the defensive beast that team was, albeit still a good defensive team.
One thing I will bet on this year though, when they lose in the playoffs, it will be in a 7-game series with a hard-fought game-7.
Rudy's explosiveness & atleticism is the perfect compliment to Zack and Gasol.....Neither 1 of those have superior athletic skills...
True,that he still sometimes forces up bad shots...But sometimes its when the team isnt hitting from the outside....And he's forced to try to create something with the clock running down,that sometimes isnt there....
I absolutely think they are a contender as of right now. If you look at potential matchups in the west alone, they matchup pretty well with the big boys.
I just watched them dismantle OKC on the road, and although okc will be much improved by the playoffs I still think the Grizz matchup pretty well. Gasol and Randolph abuse Perk and Ibaka down low and Rudy atleast has the length to somewhat bother Durant (thats all you can really ask for against durant). They also have tony allen to guard westbrook..
We already know that they matchup really well with the spurs. They took the clippers to 7 hard fought games last year with Z bo playing on one leg.. although I think the clips may be the Grizz toughest matchup if Jordan continues to improve on both ends of the floor..
And lastly, the lakers are still relatively unknown at this point. We would assume that they will gel and eventually be right up there with the rest of these teams and if that occurs then they would also pose a real threat to the Grizz..
Overall I feel like the west will come down to these 5 teams and if you go through the matchups the grizz do not seem outclassed by any of them. Obviously a number of things can go down throughout the year but as of now I would definitely consider Memphis to be a contender, albeit one with less potential to reach elite status then some of the other teams.