This pick, coming days after a huge move to move on from the last member of the ‘Core Four’ in Guard Mike Conley. With the Core Four era in the rear view mirror, a reassembled front office, and a first year Head Coach in Taylor Jenkins - what can we expect to see from the young Grizzlies in the season ahead?
The Grizzlies finished up the 2019 season with 33 wins, and were arguably a better overall team last season than this upcoming one. The best player from last year’s team - Mike Conley - have moved on to Utah and the Jazz. Looking at the overall layout of the Grizzlies roster, the names look young but good. How quickly this team meshes on the court will be the true test of their expectations. Memphis will push some of the best teams in the league at times, while struggling with some of the leagues worst. Las Vegas has Memphis projected to win about 25.5 games this upcoming season, and you should expect Memphis to surpass the 25 win total in 2020.
The biggest thing for a young and developing team is expecting the unexpected. The inconsistency of being a solid team every night. With a lot of unknowns surrounding the young Grizzlies this upcoming season, not a lot is expected. How quick does the youth develop in year one? Jenkins first year as a head coach - what is his blueprint?
Las Vegas Summer League was a great first look at how Jenkins can bring a bunch of young guys together in a matter of weeks, and show them how to win. Jenkins specializes in developing the younger guys in this league. The specialty will help boost a second year corner stone in Jackson Jr., who was handicapped in year one by injury and cautious treatment of him.
That patience will help a young basketball prodigy in Morant get through a season where he will be going up against the best talent in the league more times than not in the Western Conference. It will also help young acquisitions Josh Jackson and De’Anthony Melton possibly find themselves as potential one year rentals.
There are so many intriguing pieces around this young Grizzlies roster, and excitement regarding a bright future in Memphis. This Grizzlies roster seems more talented then 25.5 wins, and anything more than 25 wins is a realistic expectation for Memphis in 2020.