Earlier this week, NBA.com released the results of their 2018-2019 GM Survey that surveys every NBA General Manager and asks them a series of questions about the upcoming season and beyond. The results are based on the pool of respondents to each particular question, as not all GM’s answered every question. It’s also worth noting that GM’s cannot vote for their own team or personnel.
How do other teams view the Grizzlies? Better than I anticipated. Here are some of the results worth looking at.
Jaren Jackson Jr.
Jaren Jackson Jr. is highly regarded by other NBA general managers. He wasn’t ranked in the top 4 for the 2018-2019 Rookie of the Year award, but he did receive a fair share of votes. However, opposing GM’s do believe that JJJ will blossom into a star as they voted him, along with DeAndre Ayton, as the rookies who will be the best player in five years as both got 27% of the vote.
Opposing general manager’s did not let last years tankfest ruin Marc Gasol in their eyes, as Gasol received some votes as the best center in the NBA. Gasol also ranked 5th in the “Best International Player in the NBA” rankings behind Giannis Antetokounmpo, Kristaps Portzingis, Luka Doncic and Nikola Jokic.
Future Head Coaches
Opposing GM’s think Memphis has two future head coaches on their active roster. Garrett Temple got 7% of the overall votes, which placed him in a tie for second with C.J. McCollum, Jameer Nelson and Rajon Rondo. Chris Paul ran away with the award at 25%. Mike Conley also received some votes as a player opposing GM’s see as a future head coach.
Unsurprisingly, opposing GM’s did not have the Grizzlies ranked in their top four teams of the Western Conference. However, I was surprised at other results the Grizzlies didn’t receive a vote in. I was surprised that neither Garrett Temple nor Kyle Anderson were mentioned as “Most Underrated Player Acquisition” of this past offseason, as well as the team not getting a vote for being one of the most improved in 2018-2019. It was also surprising that Jerry Stackhouse didn’t receive a single vote for “Best Assistant Coach”. After being a top candidate for the Toronto head coaching vacancy this past offseason and his success with the Raptors G-League team, I thought Stackhouse would do quite well in that part of the survey.
Although these types of surveys are mostly meaningless, it is cool to see the Grizzlies get recognition in some places. You can view all of the results from the survey over at NBA.com.