It's Friday and the Grizzlies are about to play 3 out of 4 games on the road before the All-Star break. Let's bring out the good mojo for the weekend, y'all!
As of today, here are some uplifting signs for the Memphis Grizzlies when put through the lens of Hollinger's Player Statistics:
- Mike Conley has the 4th best PER for point guards, as well as the 4th best turnover ratio for PGs. - Aside from stats, Mike Conley could probably be considered a top 5 in just about any way you want to measure a point guard.
- Nick Calathes has the #1 assist ratio for the SG position, #20 when at PG.Ah so. - I get why Joerger tries to get him at the 2 with Conley running point sometimes.
- Courtney Lee ranks 4th in True Shooting % for shooting guards, also ranks 14th in PER for SGs. - In spite of Bayless' good traits (including a top rating in turnover ratios,) the Grizzlies needed shooting, they got it and have since become a better offensive team. Whudathunkit.
- Tony Allen ranks #1 in offensive rebounding for shooting guards, ranks 7th in overall rebound rate for SGs. - Part of what makes TA who he is. Could also be partly why we're starting to really miss the guy as the Grizzlies have been out-rebounded in 4 of their last 5 games.
- James Johnson ranks 6th in PER for small forwards. - Who's ahead of him? Rudy Gay, Paul George, Carmelo Anthony, LeBron James and Kevin Durant.
- Mike Miller has the 5th best True Shooting % for small forwards. - He's being played way too much and losing effectiveness late in games (and on defense in general), but the man is doing what the Grizzlies brought him in to do - shoot the ball well.
- Tayshaun Prince has the 4th best turnover ratio for SFs. - I guess violently bricking 68% of your shots (including 89% thus far in February) doesn't count as "turnovers."
- James Johnson, Mike Miller and Tayshaun Prince are respectively 5th, 7th and 9th in assist ratios for small forwards. - That's got to be a huge part of the limited success we've had this season. Our 3's are moving the ball well.
- Ed Davis is #20 in turnover ratios for power forwards. - Some of this might relate to how quickly Davis shoots after getting the ball. Boss don't play around.
- Ed Davis and Jon Leuer rank 26th an 27th in True Shooting % for power forwards. - This goes back to some of that efficiency stuff that the Grizzlies Front Office talks about liking a lot.
- Zach Randolph ranks 6th in the defensive rebounding rate for PFs. - Joe Mullinax showed us some ways that ZBo is able to accomplish this.
- Kosta Koufos ranks 6th in offensive rebounding out of all players in the NBA. - Makes you wonder if maybe they could fit him in a little more often to compensate for Gasol's rebounding deficiencies right now.
The obvious bright spots on the Grizzlies in 2014 have been James Johnson, Courtney Lee and Mike Conley. But it's important to remember how much of the "team game" provides the success for the Memphis Grizzlies, and the statistics show that most of this roster is pulling their weight in some facet of the game.
That being said: get well soon, Mike. Your presence on the floor will only make everyone that much better.
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