The NBA 30 in 30 is a look at each team as the coming 2013-2014 season approaches. This look reviews their current roster, last year's experience, new developments and a prediction as to where the organization will end at the conclusion of the upcoming year of NBA action.
The Memphis Grizzlies surprised a lot of teams last year with the way they played for stretches throughout the season. Their performance in the post season was most interesting to watch as they defeated both the Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder before falling to the San Antonio Spurs. The Clippers and Thunder they did so after losing the first game or two then going on to win four straight.
The catalysts to their performance last year were the two big men in Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol. These two individuals averaged nearly 29 points and 20 rebounds per game, making them one of the best big men duos in the game. While they were stifled by the Spurs in the Western Conference Finals, they have shown the ability to carry this team far into the year.
The Grizzlies also have additional weapons outside of these two. Point guard Mike Conley has grown into a very good floor leader as he averaged 14.6 points and 6.1 assists during the year. While Tayshaun Prince may not be much of a scoring threat, his defensive capabilities have kept him as an important role player on this roster. Tony Allen is another reason why this unit was ranked at the top defensively during the year, however they need to add some additional scorers to their roster as well. Especially since they will be playing with Rudy Gay. Even though they did well, the results proved that they need a player that can create his own shot to make a move deeper into the post season.
Expected Starting Roster with 2012-2013 Stats
Mike Conley, PG: 14.6 PPG, 6.1 APG
Tony Allen, SG: 8.9 PPG, 4.6 RPG
Tayshaun Prince, SF: 8.8 PPG, 4.2 RPG
Zach Randolph, PF: 15.4 PPG, 11.2 RPG
Marc Gasol, C: 14.1 PPG, 7.8 RPG
Expected Season Finish
2nd in the Western Conference