The Memphis Grizzlies were considered the best team in the NBA early this season because of several keys, including the fact their two superstars–Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph–finally learned to co-exist on offense. Of course, no NBA team is dominant in all 82 of their games, so the bumps the Grizzlies have experienced lately are expected. However, for them to consider trading Gay at this point is ridiculous and they won’t sniff the Finals (no pun intended) if they get rid of arguably their top player.
Gay and Randolph are each having one of the most efficient seasons in each of their stat-padded careers, averaging 17.6 and 16.3 points per game, respectively. However, their other stats are the most impressive this season together: Randolph is averring 11.8 rebounds per game, the third-highest total in his career that’s spanned for over a decade now. In his seventh pro season, Gay is averaging 2.5 assists per game, this highest of his career.
With those numbers in mind and just having watched these two players’ chemistry drastically improve this season, it’s crazy to think Memphis might get rid of one of these two players at the halfway point of the franchise’s best season to date. If the Grizzlies can get back to playing the brand of basketball they were at the beginning of the season, they will not only contend for the NBA title–they’ll win it.