Memphis Grizzlies Season Preview History
2012-13 MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES SEASON PREVIEW
The Memphis Grizzlies were one of the most surprising stories of the 2011-12 NBA Basketball season, finishing with a 41-25 record, good for second in their division and the 4th seed in the Western Conference playoff seeding. After pushing Oklahoma City to a decisive seventh game in the playoffs during the 2010-11 season, the Grizzlies were poised for a strong showing in the playoffs the following year. However, the Grizzlies blew a 21-point lead in Game 1 of their series against the Los Angeles Clippers and couldn't close it out during a Game 7 at home. Like many young NBA teams, the Grizzlies will have to put their playoff growing pains behind them to take the next step in a highly-talented Western Conference.
During the offseason, the Grizzlies made few changes with their roster, with the exception of the release of shooting guard O.J. Mayo. While Mayo was a highly-touted prospect when he was first picked up by Memphis, he never seemed to jive with the Grizzlies' offensive attack and will take his talents to the Dallas Mavericks this season. The team's notable free agent transactions included point guard Jerryd Bayless, who will serve as the team's reserve man at the point. Shooting guard Wayne Ellington will replace the departed Mayo, who was traded from Minnesota for Dante Cunningham. Ellington was mostly a reserve in Minnesota, so he will have extended playing time in his new home. Last but not least, the Grizzlies picked up Tony Wroten, a combo guard who plays great defense and could be a factor in the team's point guard plans in the future.
The Grizzlies boast one of the best starting fives in the NBA, with Marc Gasol manning the center position, Rudy Gay and Zach Randolph as forwards and Tony Allen and Mike Conley handling the guard positions. The biggest question for the Grizzlies heading into the 2012-13 season is their depth. Their bench is a major issue, and they will need solid production from players like Josh Selby, Wayne Ellington and Jerryd Bayless to receive a much-needed boost to rest their starters.
With two straight playoff appearances under their belt, the Grizzlies are trying to take the next step in their journey toward an NBA title and have a team that's every bit as talented as its Western Conference opponents. Only time will tell if the team can get solid production from their bench players who can round out one of the most talented rosters in the league.
Memphis Grizzlies 2011-2012 NBA Season Preview:
The Grizzlies kept the roster intact from last year’s amazing playoff run when they resigned their fantastic young center Marc Gasol. Now they enter the year in a wide-open Western Conference with Gasol, forward Zach Randolph and the returning small forward Rudy Gay, whose early exit thanks to a shoulder injury left many to wonder if the Grizzlies’ Western Conference Finals run is just the beginning of a long run of playoff wins. But while their frontcourt is set, how far they will go will depend on the team’s guard play. Mike Conley and Toney Allen bubbled up last year and provided both strength in bringing up the ball and defending. If they can maintain their stats from 2010-11, and even add a few points and steals along the way, the Grizzlies are a team to look out for in the Western Conference.
2010-2011 Memphis Grizzlies NBA Preview:
The Memphis Grizzlies were among the worst teams in the NBA from 2006 to 2009, when they didn't win more than 24 games in a season. They turned it around last year, winning 40 games and narrowly missing out on the playoffs. Now, the Grizzlies look to take that momentum into their first postseason appearance since 2005.
Memphis is anchored by a solid group of young players who should be able to lead the time in the years to come. Rudy Gay has established himself as one of the premiere scorers in the league throughout his first three seasons, and if he can be more consistent he may be able to take the Grizzlies far. In addition to Gay, O.J. Mayo has proven he can be counted on to step up, and Mike Conley has displayed a knack for running the Memphis offense.
During the offseason, the Grizzlies also added some key role players, including former Boston Celtics swingman Tony Allen. They also improved their bench by drafting Xavier Henry from Kansas and former Maryland star Greivis Vasquez.
2009-2010 Memphis Grizzlies NBA Preview:
The Memphis Grizzlies enter the 2009-2010 NBA season hoping to build upon their 24 wins from last season. The Grizzlies have one of the most explosive lineups in the league and only have two players on their roster over 30 (Allen Iverson & Marko Jaric). The young Memphis squad will count on OJ Mayo, Rudy Gay, Iverson and new draftee Hasheem Thabeet to energize the fans in Memphis and make some noise in the Western Conference.
2008-2009 Memphis Grizzlies NBA Preview:
The Memphis Grizzlies are going to be a surprise team to watch this season in the NBA. Although Pau Gasol has left the roster, his brother, Marc Gasol, will be posting-up at center. With new talent flowing into the program, the Grizzlies are going to be a prime contender for the Western Conference in years to come. Watch a Grizzlies game at FedExForum and you'll get a chance to see one of the NBA's fastest-paced teams play in one of the league's newest and most cutting edge arenas.