Record: 43 – 39 (7th in the West)
Season Ended: Lost in the First Round to the Spurs (in 6 games)
Dillon Brooks (SF/PF)
Tyreke Evans (PG/SF), Mario Chalmers (PG), Ben McLemore (SG)
Tony Allen, Vince Carter, Zach Randolph
PG: Mike Conley (21 pts, 4 reb, 6 ast)
SG: Wayne Selden (5 pts, 1 reb, 1 ast)
SF: Chandler Parsons (6 pts, 3 reb, 2 ast)
PF: JaMychal Green (9 pts, 7 reb, 1 ast)
C: Marc Gasol (20 pts, 6 reb, 5 ast)
James Ennis (SF), Brandan Wright (PF/C), Tyreke Evans (PG/SF)
ZBo and Tony Allen gone – After years of grinding and challenging the top teams in the West but never breaking through the Grizzlies are changing the identity of their team. While they seem committed to keeping Gasol and Conley, they decided to let Allen and Zach Randolph walk. In a kind gesture they have already announced plans to retire Tony Allen’s jersey. They’ll be dependent on Chandler Parson’s health and young/new guys stepping up to make up for the lost production.
Chandler Parsons’ Health – Briefly mentioned above, Chandler’s health will be the X factor for this team. I didn’t even factor his presence into the equation when I did my projections because I don’t know what he looks like on this roster yet. If he can stay remotely healthy he is obviously more than a 6 point per game scorer. If he maximizes his skills I think the Grizz can end up closer to Josh’s projection than mine.
Mike Predictions (35 – 47) (12th in the West)
Josh Predictions (43-39) (9th in the West)