Thursday, March 5, 2015

Why the Grizzlies shouldn't be slept on

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The Memphis Grizzlies are putting together an impressive season but despite having the third best record in the NBA they still don’t get much attention. The Memphis Grizzles are currently second place in the ultra competitive western conference ahead of teams like the Trail Blazers, Rockets, and Clippers who seem to receive much more attention.

Perhaps its because the Grizzles lack that jaw-dropping superstar like Stephen Curry or Damian Lillard but what the Grizzles do have, is a great team from top to bottom. 

You have no choice but to start off down low with one of the best frontcourts in the NBA, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.  Marc Gasol is easily having the best season of his career, Gasol is averaging a career high 18.2 points per game, he is getting to the free throw line 4.7 times a game which is another career best.

Moving on to the definition of stability, Zach Randolph. Over the last 4 years Randolph has scored between 15 to 17 points per game with 9 to 11 rebounds per game. His shooting percentage is always in the high 40s and he is someone that the opposing teams have to constantly game plan for. 

The Combination of Randolph and Gasol is absolutely lethal, they have built great chemistry with each other in their years in Memphis and have constantly caused problems for opponents. The combination of the Memphis big men wears down opponents and creates a rebound differential, which is usually a key factor to winning the game.

Now on to their backcourt, one of the most slept on point guards in the league has to be Mike Conley. He is scoring 16.4 points per game which is the second highest in his career and he is also shooting an impressive 39.1 percent form the three point line.  Between Conley, Gasol, and Randolph they average 51.1 points which proves that they are one of the most lethal big three’s in the league.

The next three players add a lot of versatility to the Grizz, Jeff Green, Courtney Lee, and Tony Allen. Jeff Green can provide a spark on both offense and defense. He is someone that can guard three positions on defense, which will be very beneficial to Memphis in the playoffs.

Courtney Lee is another key piece to the success of the Grizzles; he is that dominant three-point shooter that every good team has.  Shooting almost 44 percent from downtown this season and scoring 10.8 points per game he provides a scoring punch from the two-guard position.

Last but certainly not least is a player that a lot of NBA fans would love to have on their team, Tony Allen. The feisty two guard is arguably still the best on ball defender in the NBA. He does a great job of limiting NBA Superstars day in and day out and he’s comes up huge for Memphis in the playoffs.
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Memphis is clearly a team that could make a serious run in the western conference and if players like Beno Udrih and Vince Carter can play well off the bench in the playoffs then look out for the Grizz.

 There is a still over twenty games left in the NBA Season but there is no question that Memphis Grizzles are a serious threat to win the title and their play has certainly earned some praise.

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