The Grizzlies finished the 2018/19 campaign with a winning percentage of .402 (33-39), coming in at 12th in the Western Conference. An exciting new name in Ja Morant is enough to get the Grizzlies fans excited about the upcoming season, as there hasn't been a whole lot to look forward to in recent years. Another big move in the offseason was the Grizzlies acquiring Andre Iguodala. They're slowly piecing together a pretty nice roster and while they might not be serious contenders this season, that isn't bound to be the case in a few years. The 2018/19 campaign will have its moments for Memphis, I assume, and they might even snatch an 8th seed, but likely nothing more than that.
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The Grizzlies took Ja Morant 2nd overall in the 2019 NBA Draft. While totally overshadowed by the esteemed Zion Williamson, I personally think Memphis has found its guy in Morant. He plays the point tremendously and is being compared heavily to the talents of John Wall and Derrick Rose.
Josh Jackson is another top 5 draft pick in the Grizzlies lineup. He came as the 4th overall pick in the 2017 draft by the Suns. He averaged 13.1 points his first season with Phoenix and 11.5 last year with the Suns. It'll be interesting to see how he fits in with this Grizzlies lineup, but I'm really liking a Morant/Jackson front court.
This will be Anderson's second season with the Grizzlies. He put up average scoring numbers last year at 8.0 points per game, but had 5.8 rebounds per game and 3.0 assists, (his best season statistically yet). So far being on the Grizzlies has agreed with Anderson.
Yet another top 5 draft pick in Memphis' lineup is Jaren Jackson Jr. who was drafted by the Grizzlies 4th overall in the 2018 draft. He averaged 13.8 points per game last year with 4.7 rebounds. His 16.43 PER had him rated at 136th overall in the NBA. It'll be interesting to see how he develops in his second year.
Valanciunas out up great scoring and rebounding number last year with an average of 8.6 boards per game and 15.6 points. After departing with the Raptors midway through the season, he averaged 19.9 points per game in his 17 games played with the Grizzlies. It's obvious that he has a bigger role on this Grizzlies team than he did with the Raptors.
This will be Jones' first season not playing for Minnesota. He averaged 4.8 assists per game last year and 6.9 points, his highest average of his 4 year-career.
After spending just one year on the Jazz, Grayson Allen will be coming off the bench at shooting guard for the Grizzlies. He averaged 5.6 points per game last year with Utah, averaging 10.9 minutes per game.
Iguodala finds his way onto the Grizzlies after separating from Golden State in the offseason. If nothing else, Iggy brings veteran leadership and post-season experience to this young Grizzlies team.
Like Allen, Crowder is also coming into the Grizzlies from the Jazz. Averaging 27.1 minutes per game last season, Crowder averaged 11.9 points per game. He averaged 11.8 points per game in 2017/18, so that kind of feels like his standard.
Plumlee will be coming off the bench for Valanciunas. He spent the last two seasons with the Hawks, and averaged 4.3 and 4.4 points per game respectively. Over the course of his 9-year career, he is averaging 4.5 rebounds per game.