Memphis Grizzlies: 5 Players Who Will Help Maintain Team’s Success
Memphis Will Have Another Good Season If These 5 Players Step Up
A 56-26 regular season record, as well as yet another solid postseason performance usually means good things for a team. Unfortunately, when you continually do that, but you’re yet to win a championship, it generally doesn’t sit well in the pit of your stomach. I would say that’s exactly how the Memphis Grizzlies feel right now. They continue getting solid play from exactly who they need it from, yet teams like the elderly San Antonio Spurs and, the cream of the crop, the Oklahoma City Thunder continue to pass them right on by.
The core for the Grizzlies is back once again. Mike Conley, defensive stopper Tony Allen, Tayshaun Prince, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol will be the starting five for this team once more. Conley, Randolph and Gasol are the three best players on this team, Allen and Prince are more defensive-minded players, but that isn’t a bad thing, especially when the Grizzlies have a guard and forward to bring off the bench in Jerryd Bayless and the newly-signed Mike Miller when they need more of an offensive firepower.
The Grizzlies aren’t exactly a very deep team, though. Behind Randolph and Gasol, there isn’t much to brag about. It’s going to be tough for Memphis to have as good of a season this year as they have had in the past. They’re going to need some players to step up for them in order to replicate what they’ve done the past few years; specifically these five players would do the trick.
The Miami Heat amnestied Mike Miller and the Grizzlies had no problem signing him. With Tayshaun Prince's lack of offensive skill, Miller can help the Grizzlies by coming off the bench with some offensive firepower.
Marc Gasol may have been the Defensive Player of the Year, but Randolph is still the best offensive big man on this team. As long as mother nature is nice to him, then Randolph should have no problem helping the Grizzlies this season.
Bayless is capable of playing both guard positions. If he can give the Grizzlies some offense when they sorely need it, then he'll be doing his job to help improve this team.
Mike Conley had a great season last year for the Grizzlies, and if he can build upon his success, he'll be a key part of making sure the Grizzlies finish as good, if not better than last year.
He won Defensive Player of the Year last season, but he's still second fiddle to Zach Randolph. Z-Bo is getting up there in age, so this season the Grizzlies need Gasol to become the go-to big man in clutch situations. If he does that, the Grizzlies will be very hard to beat.
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