It is a minor miracle Memphis avoided the bottom two spots in our ranks.
Despite having lottery talent, this team could get uncomfortably close to the luxury tax next season–the last on Chandler Parsons’ onerous thing. What is worse, this particular group has an outgoing first-rounder hanging over its head. While the selection owed to the Boston Celtics has top-eight security this season and top-six policy the next, it is going to be redeemed in 2021 if it has not already conveyed.
Who is to say the Grizzlies will not be terrible in 2020-21?
But Memphis has uncovered a franchise anchor in 19-year-old Jaren Jackson Jr., who’s almost solely responsible for this standing. The toughest task in rebuilding is adding stars, but the Grizzlies already seem to have found one. Jackson’s per-36-minute averages comprise 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 cubes, 1.2 triples and 1.2 steals; that’s unprecedented production for an NBA freshman.
It would help if Jackson had more high-ceiling talent , but possibly Memphis could make a path to a this offseason. After shipping out Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies could cut the cable on the grit-and-grind era for great with a commerce of Mike Conley, whose name bounced around plenty near the trade deadline.
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