By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on June 6, 2014
The Memphis Grizzlies are close to being contenders in the Western Conference, but they need to first fix five issues this offseason.
The Grizzlies dealt with their fair share of injuries this past season, but a significant blow was not having forward Quincy Pondexter for most of the year. Pondexter is a wing who can shoot from deep, score and defend his position, and he is valuable to this Grizzlies team when healthy. If he can come back and the Grizzlies can shake the injury bug, they will improve significantly going forward.
The Grizzlies did add some quality depth to the team last season, including Mike Miller, Kosta Koufos and Nick Calathes, but another key veteran or two would go a long way in being able to rest some of their key players in big time playoff games.
The Grizzlies have two big men on the bench in Ed Davis and Kosta Koufos who can really play, but neither of them has stepped up enough to be that true third big man in the rotation. The Grizzlies must find that player or develop one of the other two enough to be that guy in order to give relief to Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol down low.
At the beginning of the season, new head coach Dave Joerger wanted to play fast and push the ball in transition. Unfortunately, that strategy did not work, and the Grizzlies went back to playing more offense in the half court and going through their two big men in Randolph and Gasol. In order to build and fix the offense, the Grizzlies must first decide on a true game plan that will remain consistent for the duration of the season.
The Grizzlies lack consistent offensive shooting (35.3 percent from three this past season) and must add more shooters to the bench in order to be more formidable in the Western Conference. The NBA has become a spread the floor kind of league, and if the Grizzlies are not able to conform to that trend, then their offense may be very limited for years to come. Adding shooting would go a long way in fixing the offense.
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