Anderson has cemented himself as one of the most influential Grizzlies on the roster. He has the best net rating (+5) of any Memphis player that has played over 1,000 minutes this season and recently was finally finding his footing as a point forward, facilitating offense and thriving with the ball in his hands despite only averaging 7.9 points per game. Kyle’s excellent defense is even more important to the Grizzlies than his unique offensive skills - his length and versatility make him capable of defending all five positions on the floor, depending on match-up.
For at least the next 10 games, Memphis will be without their most uncommon weapon, which is unfortunate considering just how important these games are for the Grizzlies. At 19-23 Memphis is teetering on the brink of falling out of the playoff picture in the Western Conference. A 4-6 or worse performance over the next two weeks will almost certainly lead to some tough decisions being made regarding Memphis being a seller or buyer at the trade deadline with expiring deals like JaMychal Green, Garrett Temple, and others.
With this injury news, the decision may have just been made for them.
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