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The Grizzlies' Rise Includes More Statistical Leaders

A non-scientific look at some interesting stat progressions for the Memphis Grizzlies.

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The 2013-14 Memphis Grizzlies were hampered by several injuries, the most significant being to our beloved Marc Gasol. The Grizzlies were able to replace a portion of Gasol's production by committee, but there's just no substitute for the Spanish Man-God. Just take a look at the effect he's had on the statistical leaders for the Grizzlies this year.

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Games in which the Grizzlies had the leading scorer

(Through 55 games)

Player 2013-14 2014-15
Marc Gasol 0 13
Mike Conley 10 5
Zach Randolph 12 10
Others 3 1
Total 25 29

2013-14 Percentage of Games with Leading Scorer: 45.5%

2014-15 Percentage of Games with Leading Scorer: 52.7%

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Games in which the Grizzlies had the leading rebounder

(Through 55 games)

Player 2013-14 2014-15
Zach Randolph 22 27
Marc Gasol 2 7
Others 8 2
Total 32 36

2013-14 Percentage of Games with Leading Rebounder: 58.2%

2014-15 Percentage of Games with Leading Rebounder: 65.5%

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Games in which the Grizzlies had the leading assister

(Through 55 games)

Player 2013-14 2014-15
Mike Conley 18 16
Marc Gasol 2 8
Others 3 3
Total 23 27

2013-14 Percentage of Games with Leading Assister: 41.2%

2014-15 Percentage of Games with Leading Assister: 49.1%

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Now, this obviously isn't just the doing of a healthy Marc Gasol, a more confident Mike Conley, or even a rejuvenated Zach Randolph. Dave Joerger and his staff deserve a lot of credit for what they've done in their second season together. The kind of chemistry this group of players and coaches have is going to lift the performances of everyone, especially the Grizzlies' Big 3.