As the 2015-16 NBA regular season inches closer, fans of the Memphis Grizzlies are feeling the excitement surrounding the new squad. The Grizzlies acquired veteran forward Matt Barnes via trade this offseason from the Charlotte Hornets. They also signed veteran forward/center Brandan Wright.
With a roster that sports the most talent on a Grizzlies squad in franchise history, there are still a few holes that need to be plugged in order to ensure a great deal of success this upcoming season.
It's quite shocking to think that Zach Randolph will be 34 this season. Though #50 is slowly aging, there's still a lot of talent left in the tank. Z-Bo has been an anchor for this Grizzly squad since joining the team in the 2009-10 season.
Randolph averaged 16.1 points and 10.5 rebounds per game during the 2014-15 season. That was the second lowest stat line for Randolph since he joined the Grizzlies just six years ago. Eyes won't be on Randolph this season, as fans know what to expect from the big man.
Instead, all eyes will be on his backup coming off of a Grizzlies' bench that has ranked in the top 10 for points scored each of the past two seasons. The Grizzlies have both young and veteran talent that will come in for Randolph when he heads to the bench.
Jeff Green will likely see the most time behind Randolph due to the addition of Barnes this offseason. At 6'9", Green has the ability to stretch the floor and match up offensively with most big men in the league. Will Memphis go small when their bench players come in the game? We saw that with the Golden State Warriors this past season and they ended up winning the NBA Championship.
Another option could be sophomore forward Jarnell Stokes. A little undersized at 6'8", Stokes offers much of the same skill set that Randolph possesses. He is a tenacious offensive rebounder and loves to score in the paint. Will Dave Joerger trust Stokes to back up Randolph?
We could possibly see that early in the season with most lineups still in flux. The Grizzlies drafted Jarrell Martin with the 25th overall pick in this year's NBA Draft. The LSU product suffered a foot injury during the 2014-15 college basketball season, and was highly scrutinized by some fans over the summer. Graded by many as a second round talent, Martin wasn't expected to make much of a contribution this coming season.
Unfortunately, the rookie suffered another foot injury in a recent practice and is out for an extended period of time. Will the Grizzlies be able to overcome the lack of depth in their front court? Serious concerns could arise during the first couple weeks of the season depending on the early success/failure of the 2015-16 squad. Do you think the Grizzlies have enough depth behind Randolph and Marc Gasol?
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