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Preseason Report Card: Memphis Grizzlies vs. Philadelphia 76ers

Player Report Cards From the Grizzlies’ Last Preseason Home Game Against the Sixers

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With the last preseason home game in the books now for Memphis, they will close out their preseason schedule with an upcoming three-game road trip. The Grizzlies left FedExForum with a bang as they overwhelmed Philadelphia in a 121-91 blowout win.

Now to grade the performance for every player on Memphis in their latest preseason W. With it being preseason and whatnot, I may seem a bit too nice in giving out these grades, but I’m also doing these based off of the box score and what I saw from Twitter as Brandon (@BallFromGrace) did with the last report card piece.

Here we go:

Mike Conley: A+

It’s Mike Conley’s birthday today so I would feel bad giving him anything less than an A+, but Conley did in fact turn in a pretty nice game. In 22 minutes on the floor, Conley was 6-10 from the field with 17 points, six assists, and two steals, not to mention the floor general only turned it over once and finished with a +/- of +23.

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Wayne Selden: B-

Wayne Selden only managed to go 3-9 from the field and 1-4 from behind the arc, but he did fill up the stat sheet with two rebounds, two assists, a steal, and a block, so Selden gets a B- from me.

Marc Gasol: A

Gasol turned in a very Marc Gasol-like game in only 20 minutes of action as he showed off his versatility, putting up nine points, seven boards, four assists, and three blocks. Oh and he went 1-1 from behind the arc (yes even Marc is shooting 3s now).

James Ennis: A

James Ennis had a very efficient game for the Grizz as he put up 15 points, going 6-9 from the field and 3-4 from three. Ennis finished with the highest +/- on the team with a +26. The only thing stopping James from getting an A+ are his two turnovers (wait didn’t I say I was going to be generous?).

JaMychal Green: A-

JaMychal pulled in the only Grizz double-double of the game with 11 points and 11 rebounds, and was very aggressive at the rim as he finished 5-6 from the free throw line. I’d like to see JaMychal look for his offense more though as he only attempted five shots, so A- it is.

Note: If it seems like I’m only trying to give out A’s, trust me I’m not, but the Grizzlies played an all around great game and it’s hard to nitpick at them in a 30-point win.

Zach Randolph: A

Randolph had an excellent game off the bench as he put up 17 points in 17 minutes. Z-Bo was also 4-6 from downtown (yes you read that right) and grabbed eight boards as well. Randolph does have to watch his defensive aggressiveness though, as he was whistled for four personal fouls in under 20 minutes of action.

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Troy Williams: A+

Troy Williams had a team high 22 points in a team high 27 minutes off the bench. Williams was feeling it tonight, going 8-13 from the field and 2-3 from behind the arc. He also did some work on the glass, pulling in seven boards, and was active on the defensive end with two steals.

Vince Hunter: B

After signing a deal with Memphis a couple days before this game, Vince Hunter only played nine minutes off the bench. Hunter did manage to put up seven points, two steals, and one block though in those nine minutes.

Andrew Harrison: B-

Harrison didn’t do much off the bench for Memphis as he only attempted two shots from the field, but he was looking for his teammates while on the court, pulling in three assists in 12 minutes of action.

Wade Baldwin IV: C

At last our first C grade of these report cards. Tonight was not Baldwin’s night as he went just 1-8 from the field and 0-2 from three, finishing with just four points. However Baldwin did manage to affect the game in other areas, grabbing two boards, three assists, and two steals. So his poor offensive effort is balanced out by his great hustle plays, therefore Baldwin receives a straight up C.

Chris Crawford: C-

Crawford only got eight minutes off the bench and didn’t attempt a shot so it’s hard for me to give him this low of a grade, but considering the fact that he was the only Grizz player to have a negative +/- on the court with -4, a C- feels justified.

Vince Carter: B

Carter went 0-2 from downtown but did give Grizz fans something to smile about as VC threw down a dunk during the game just like old times. Despite not looking for his shot much, Vince did fill the box score as he grabbed four rebounds, two assists, two steals, and one block in 18 minutes on the court.

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Troy Daniels: C

Daniels was a bit cold tonight, going 2-9 from the field and 0-3 from behind the arc. Troy, if you’re reading this and want to improve your grade on future report cards from me, just make your 3s and you’ll be well on your way to an A+.

Tony Allen, Deyonta Davis, D.J. Stephens, Chandler Parsons, Brandan Wright: Grade N/A

TA, Parsons, and Davis continued to sit out preseason play with D.J. Stephens and Brandan Wright joining them this game as they did not suit up either.

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