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Conversation Starter: Will Russ Smith Break Through For Memphis?

Russ Smith is an electrifying player. He helped guide the Memphis Grizzlies summer squad to a championship. He deserves an opportunity to back up Mike Conley in 2015-16.

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I sit here day in and day out wondering why Russ Smith has yet to crack the Memphis Grizzlies lineup.  The University of Louisville product is primed and ready to go after leading the Grizzlies' to another Orlando Summer League Championship Game, and this time around he led his squad to victory.

Going in to the 2015-16 campaign, the Grizzlies' potentially have the most talent they've ever had on a regular season roster.  The additions of Matt Barnes and Brandan Wright will surely add more athleticism and grit to a team that has already established their identity as the toughest team in the NBA.

Would you want to get in to a fight with Zach Randolph, Tony Allen and Barnes? Heck no! Now being tough doesn't make you a great team. But in this case, it's exactly the kind of identity the Grizzlies' need.

Beno Udrih did a serviceable job filling in for Mike Conley last year when he was going thru different sets of injuries.  For most of the season, he was statistically the best mid-range shooter in the game.

Russ Smith scores 16 points on April 13th, 2015.

I'm not advocating for Udrih to be cut from this current Grizzlies' squad, because they need all of the point guard help that they can get behind #11. Udrih has championship experience that he picked up with the San Antonio Spurs early in his career that can potentially help a Grizzlies' squad attempting to break through in the overly tough Western Conference.

Grizzlies' fans like myself are craving to see more and more of what Smith can bring to the table. In limited minutes during the 2014-15 season, he averaged 2.5 points and 0.7 assists per game.  Perhaps the most electrifying performance from Smith was when he nearly led the Grizzlies' back from a 30 point deficit against the Golden State Warriors on April 13th.

He scored 16 points in just under 10 minutes. Albeit against the Warriors' back ups.  That performance gave some Grizzlies' fans an optimistic outlook for the future in the event Conley departs in free agency.

Smith is only 24 years old and likely has a long career ahead of him barring injury.  Do you think Smith should get a chance to back up Conley for the 2015-16 season? Let us know in the comments below!