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Strengths Of This Team Going Into Next Season

Thinking about next season, what do you feel the strengths of this team are? Here is my list.

Defense:

The Grizz suffocate teams with their high-pressure defense. They were second in defensive rating and opponent turnover percentage. Four of their starters placed in the top 16 in defensive rating.

Tony Allen gambles on steal possibilities but became more disciplined in 2012-13, grabbing 1.5 steals per game while allowing 98.4 points per 100 possessions after having 1.8 per game and allowing 100 per 100 a year before.

Mike Conley is a steady force, sensing when to steal the ball.

Defensive player of the year Marc Gasol covers a fair amount of space on the inside, sometimes making up for missed plays by Zach Randolph.

By itself, the Grizzlies' defense guarantees them a top-five playoff spot.

Rebounding:

The Grizz improved on the boards after finishing ninth in defensive rebounding percentage and second in offensive rebounding percentage. In a draft-day deal, they acquired Kosta Koufos, who averaged 11.1 rebounds per 36 minutes.

Koufos joins one of the premier rebounders in Randolph, who was in the top five in rebounds per game in his last three full seasons, and Gasol, who pulled down 7.8 per game.

Frontcourt Depth:

Randolph and Gasol have plowed through seasons of long minutes without much behind them. Both have averaged more than 34 minutes per game in three of the past four seasons. Typically, they had one power forward to spell them. Backup centers, such as Hamed Haddadi and Dexter Pittman, stepped on the court sparingly.

Now, the Grizzlies have a trio of big men worthy of significant minutes. Ed Davis is a developing yet promising rebounder and shooter. Kosta Koufos, acquired in a draft-day deal, is deadly from point-blank range and pulled down 11.1 rebounds per 36 minutes.

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