Memphis Grizzlies Must Continue to Build Around Current Roster
It is hard to remember the good times when there is so much negativity and uncertainty.
The Memphis Grizzlies are coming off of a 50-32 season that saw the team losing to the Oklahoma City Thunder in Game 7 of the first round of the NBA Western Conference playoffs. The Grizzlies dealt with injuries all season, as the big three of the team, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol and Mike Conley, all were out of action for stretches throughout the regular season. The Grizzlies also had new head coach Dave Joerger trying to establish himself with the team after previous head coach Lionel Hollins was let go. Some new faces in the locker room, including Mike Miller, Courtney Lee and Nick Calathes were added before the season or at the trade deadline, and each player made significant contributions as the season went on. All in all, a lot of change and disarray hit the Grizzlies during the 2013-14 season, but the team stayed the course and fought through a lot.
However, things have not been as peaceful as one might hope. CEO Jason Levien and assistant general manager Stu Lash were let go of their positions, and Joerger almost left Memphis for a head coaching opportunity with the Minnesota Timberwolves. Consistency is not a thing right now in Memphis, but that does not mean there cannot be any at all.
The Grizzlies have a solid foundation on the roster in terms of Randolph, Gasol and Conley. These three players are tough and know how to be effective on both ends of the floor. Tony Allen brings more defensive toughness to the team, and with shooting on the bench in Lee, Miller and Calathes, the Grizzlies have some solid pieces in place to make some noise in the Western Conference.
Bottom line, none of these players should be gotten rid of. The Grizzlies need to build around this core of players.
Randolph and Gasol are still fantastic contributors in the post, and Conley has improved every single year he has been in the league. The Grizzlies have draft picks and money to spend in the offseason to surround these players with enough support to battle competitive teams such as the Thunder and San Antonio Spurs.
Consistency needs to be a thing again in Memphis, and one way to do that is to show the players the respect they deserve and keep things afloat roster-wise.
There is no need to make significant changes and blow up any part of the current roster. These players are here to be competitive, and more importantly, they are here to stay.