It’s a little wonder Memphis avoided the bottom two spots in our rankings.
Despite having lottery ability, this group could become uncomfortably close to the luxury tax next year –the past on Chandler Parsons’ onerous thing. What is worse, this particular group has an outgoing first-rounder hanging on its head. While the pick owed to the Boston Celtics has top-eight security this season and top-six coverage the next, it is going to be redeemed in 2021 in case it has not already conveyed.
Who is to say the Grizzlies won’t be terrible in 2020-21?
However, Memphis has at least uncovered a franchise anchor in 19-year-old Jaren Jackson Jr., who is almost solely responsible for this particular ranking. The toughest task in rebuilding is adding celebrities, but the Grizzlies already seem to have found one. Jackson’s per-36-minute averages comprise 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 cubes, 1.2 triples and 1.2 steals; that’s unprecedented creation for an NBA freshman.
It would help if Jackson had more high-ceiling talent around him, but possibly Memphis could create a route to some this offseason. After sending out Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies could cut the cord on the grit-and-grind age for good with a commerce of Mike Conley, whose title bounced around a lot near the trade deadline.
- MEDINA CUADROS
- RED DE DESPACHOS