The Memphis Grizzlies started off their 2017-2018 preseason schedule at FedExForum last night with a win over the Orlando Magic, 92-84. While it was just an exhibition, it was our chance to get our first looks at a few guys coming back from injury and a few guys possibly fighting to stay on the roster. Let’s grade some of last night’s performances.
Two guys really looked fantastic last night. Mario Chalmers, in his first game action since 2016, had 19 points off the bench on 7 of 10 shooting. He looked like the Mario of old, which could see him not just be a good bench option, but potential start at the 2 while Ben McLemore is out.
Jarell Martin had something to prove as well. He apparently took to heart the stories of being cut on media day. Jarell was called a “Swiss army knife” by coach David Fizdale after the game because of all the things Martin did last night, including this posterizing dunk.
He may not have had a big impact on the stat sheet, but Dillon Brooks had a great game his first time out. Brooks only had 5 points but was a plus 13 in the 18:13 he was on the floor and he looked really comfortable on the floor.
Speaking of comfortable, Chandler Parsons saw his first action in quite awhile as well, and looked fairly comfortable for someone who’s had the number of medical issues he has.
Most everyone else that played meaningful minutes last night can be lumped in here. Deyonta Davis didn’t score but hauled in 7 rebounds. Your starters (aside from Chandler Parsons), Conley / Ennis / Selden / Wright were fine but nothing spectacular.
Everyone else on the roster fits into this category. They either didn’t play or played so little it’s hard to judge what they did. Hopefully, JaMychal Green and Tyreke Evans will get on the floor during the next game.
Which speaking of the next game, the Grizzlies will be back in action in Philadelphia Wednesday night, when they take on the Philadelphia 76ers. Until then, y’all go watch some basketball.