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Dominating with the Memphis Grizzlies in 2K19

You ready for the secret for 2K success with the Grizzlies?

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NBA 2K19 is officially out for everyone, and it’s time to start dominating your competition. Remember though, you don’t dominate your opponents with the Golden State Warriors. Houston and Boston are still near unfair to play with in 2K as well. You’re still weak if you use LeBron James or Giannis Antetokounmpo all the time.

How about using the Memphis Grizzlies?

It won’t be a popular pick by any means, but you can still do some damage with this team. This year’s 2K favors the Grizzlies more, as they tightened up the defensive mechanics. Easy pick-and-rolls, lazy transition defense, and wide-open triples are a thing of the past. You have to work for buckets, which makes the Grizzlies a fun 2K team.

Want some keys to some 2K success with the Grizzlies? Well, I’m about to release my inner DJ Khaled and give you some major keys to this success.

Before you accuse me of playing against the Suns, the Nets, or the Bulls, I made sure to play against a real team for credibility purposes. When you consider the insight on the Grizzlies, keep in mind that I was playing the Spurs.


GNG Defense

The Grizzlies aren’t the most talented offense on the video game, but their defense is near smothering. Mike Conley and Marc Gasol are always steady defenders, but the real stars on that end are Kyle Anderson and Jaren Jackson Jr.

Jaren Jackson’s block rating is at an “A+,” which makes him a shot-blocking dynamo. He was swatting shots at the rim, and he even blocked an “unguardable” LaMarcus Aldridge fadeaway jumper. Slotting him next to Gasol, or having him as the backup 5 off the bench, makes him an absolutely frustrating big man for your competition.

Kyle Anderson, though, is the best defender on the team in this game. He can strip anybody, including DeMar DeRozan. He also blocked two shots off the glass at the rim. His defensive versatility makes him a deadly option both on the perimeter and in the post.

A lineup of Conley-Brooks-Anderson-Jackson-Gasol will be an awesome defensive unit that’ll irritate your competition. Even having Garrett Temple, JaMychal Green and Andrew Harrison off your bench is a solid defensive option.

The defenses are tighter in 2K19, and you should capitalize on that by being a top-10 defensive team.


A Good Offense...3’s...What?

The common narrative for the Memphis Grizzlies is, they don’t have any shooters. Temple, Chandler Parsons, Mike Conley, Omri Casspi, Dillon Brooks and Wayne Selden Jr. are all good-to-great shooters. Even Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson Jr. are solid 3-point options. If you have the open 3, you should definitely let it fly.

The bench unit for this team consists of Harrison, Temple, Casspi, Parsons and Green — a small-ish lineup with lots of shooters. When your competition’s team drops off in talent, capitalize on that and let the offense flow. Move the basketball, drive to the basket and look for an open shooter. I promise it’ll go in.

For the starters, you can actually put in work with the Grizzlies. Mike Conley has always been a great 2K player, and this year is no different. He’s easily the best offensive weapon on the team. Dillon Brooks can knock down the spot-up 3, and he can also attack the basket. Kyle Anderson isn’t a good shooter, but he’s an excellent slasher and secondary playmaker next to Conley.

If you want to get buckets with the Grizzlies’ stud rookie, use Jackson in pick-and-roll or pick-and-pop situations, since his ball-handling and shot-creating are lackluster. With Gasol, use that mid-range jumper. His 3-point shot is a “D+” — I know, it’s ridiculous —- but his mid-range game is at an “A.”

For the first time in years, the Grizzlies have a 2K-friendly team. Take advantage of that and beat your friends or online competition. It worked for me, and it’ll surely work for you.*

*Warning: This is a disclaimer, as the results depend on my skill level. If you take the tips and still lose, I’m not liable for blame. You’ll just need to find a different hobby.