Memphis Grizzlies 2016 Preview, Draft, Offseason Recap, Depth Chart, Outlook
Memphis Grizzlies 2016 Preview
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The Memphis Grizzlies kind of rebuilded during the offseason and it started by bringing in head coach David Fizdale, one of the top assistants with the Miami Heat. With also changes to the roster, the Grizz hope to make the playoffs for a seventh straight season.
Can the Grizzlies remain that consistent team they’ve been for a half decade?
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Here is your 2016 Memphis Grizzlies NBA preview.
Key Player Losses: The Grizzlies didn’t lose anybody significant, as it made a lot of moves during the season anyway due to injuries. The one full-time Memphis player who is now on another team is 36-year-old Matt Barnes. While up there in age, Barnes is still good for 10 points and is a solid defender who adds toughness to the team. He fit in nicely with the Grizzlies attitude and style of basketball.
Key Player Additions: The Grizzlies finally added some outside shooting by getting Chandler Parsons out of Houston. Parsons is a career 38 percent shooter from deep and will allow others to work their midrange game. This move makes Memphis better if he can stay on the floor considering he’s played just 127 games the last two seasons. Tony Wroten returns to Memphis after three years with the 76ers and showing bright spots offensively from time to time.
Draft: Memphis added more outside shooting with Wade Baldwin IV, who shot 42.2 percent from deep in two seasons with Vanderbilt. Baldwin may struggle to find playing time behind Mike Conley and Andrew Harrison. Deyonta Davis adds depth at the center position and could eventually take playing time away from journeyman Brandan Wright. Wang Zhelin will spend more time in China before coming over to the NBA.
Outlook: If you liked the Grizzlies before, you should like them even more now. Memphis did a great job of keeping its core together while adding shooting, an area that’s held the Grizzlies back for years. A starting five of Conley, Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph, Parsons and Tony Allen is one of the best in the league. New coach or not, the Grizzlies can continue to make noise and will remain that physical team nobody wants to face in the playoffs. I like Memphis this season and will watch this club closely.