MyGM. Dynasty mode. Franchise. MyLeague. Whatever you want to call it, whenever you do one of these, you put your GM cap on, make some crazy trades and win a title. Immediately, you feel like you can be a competent NBA GM — maybe even better than the ones that have the job in real life.
I released my inner Chris Wallace and
traded for every Kansas player did a MyGM season with the Memphis Grizzlies. Coming into it, I didn’t know what to expect. Was it going to be the bounce-back season we’re all anticipating? Would it be another 22-win tank-fest? Or would it just fall somewhere in the middle?
Going into the season, I set a few simple rules. No trades, no free agent signings, and no releasing people. In addition, I wasn’t going to play a single minute of the season. That way, we’d get the most “legitimate” season possible.
Before we begin, let’s review some of the trade offers I received over the course of the season:
- Marc Gasol and Jevon Carter to the Los Angeles Lakers for Kyle Kuzma and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. No one has any idea how hard it was to decline this offer.
- Chandler Parsons and Garrett Temple to the Charlotte Hornets for Michael Kidd-Gilchrist and Cody Zeller. This deal is probably an accurate potential Parsons trade.
- Kyle Anderson and Garrett Temple to the Portland Trailblazers for Wade Baldwin and Evan Turner. HAHA!
- Mike Conley and Dillon Brooks to the Atlanta Hawks for Jeremy Lin and Taurean Prince. This deal was terrible.
The season was quite underwhelming, to be honest. I finished 34-48, 12th in the West as the Grizzlies missed the playoffs for a second consecutive season. However, the injury bug struck the Grizzlies yet again. Marc Gasol broke his ankle a few weeks into the season and was out for two months. Then, he missed about six weeks with plantar fasciitis. Towards the end of the season, around March, Dillon Brooks disclosed his patella, which obviously sidelined him for the rest of the year.
SOOOOO AWESOME RIGHT!!!!
As can be seen from the stats, there were only a few things that stood out. Jevon Carter’s stats are awesome, but he only played 3 games. Mike Conley came back to shatter the 20-points per game mark for the second consecutive — healthy — season. It’s even crazier to see that he shot about 10 three’s a game at nearly a 40 percent clip. Jaren Jackson Jr’s scoring numbers were quite surprising, but his shooting percentages were quite low. JaMychal Green’s double-double and Chandler Parsons’ scoring average were encouraging. If Kyle Anderson has a stat-line like the simulation, Grizz fans would riot over another free agent signing.
If anything, this MyGM taught us that this season could be weird. The injury buy could strike again. Kyle Anderson might be underwhelming. Jaren Jackson Jr. might flash that awesome potential, but experience growing pains as well. Mike Conley could go bonkers.
You never know! Hopefully, this scenario doesn’t play out in real life — except for maybe a few of the trades...
Fun offseason fact, the Grizzlies wanted to promote Jerry Stackhouse to head coach. NBA 2K19 is far too realistic.
Go play with the Memphis Grizzlies in myGM or myLeague, and share with us how they did in the comment section below.