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2015-16 Grizzlies Player Reviews: Brandan Wright & Jordan Adams

Reviewing "what could have been" seasons from our biggest free agent acquisition and 2014 first round draft pick.

This will inevitably be less a review than a lamentation of what could have been.

Brandan Wright was signed this off-season to step in for Kosta Koufos as the third front court option. A proven role player with a reputation for being an athletic, rim crashing big, he signed a very reasonable contract to play closer to home in Nashville.  Instead, he spent most of the season on the bench battling knee ailments and getting into well-document squabbles with management over how hurt he really was (hindsight: he was really hurt).

Jordan Adams, after an injury-spotted rookie campaign, was the great white hope among much of the fan base coming into the season. He was supposed to take on a bigger role in the wing rotation and, perhaps, start developing into the dual-threat wing shooter and defender we've been seeking for... well, what seems like forever. But Adams couldn't stay healthy, appearing in only two games this season and undergoing multiple surgeries.

These were only a few of the injury issues that the Grizzlies dealt with this season, but they were among the most impactful. Both of them were expected to play big rotation minutes and provide valuable depth off the bench. There was hope that both could be extremely efficient players, especially on their relatively cheap deals.

Now, we're left to wonder what they could provide in future seasons. They certainly can't be 100% counted on to be slotted into line ups. We'll have to have contingency plans and back-up plans to the contingency plans.

But one hopes that both can come back next season and be the players they were meant to be this year. In a perfect world, Wright is an extremely efficient big man who could devastate other teams' second units in the pick-and-roll and be a rangy rim protector on defense. And Adams, God willing if he can ever stay on the court for an extended period of time, could develop into not only a willing and able shooter but a valuable all-around NBA player.

These are well within the realm of possibility. They both have the ability to fulfill their potential.

But if we've learned anything from this ridiculous season, Chris Wallace and the rest of the Grizzlies' brass can't count on it.