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The Long View: Early growth opportunities for Desmond Bane and De’Anthony Melton

The two young wings have made the most of their opportunities. What does it do for their growth going forward?

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While the Memphis Grizzlies’ offense has surged with Ja Morant at the helm, De’Anthony Melton and Desmond Bane have thrived as complementary players in the starting lineup. For this edition of “The Long View,” I look at these early growth opportunities Bane and Melton have had as starters and with Dillon Brooks out due to injury.

  • The perimeter stopper responsibilities, and how it should help their defensive trajectory
  • The confidence from the offensive end, and how the live-dribble creation makes their ceilings more fascinating
  • How Dillon Brooks’ return should help the bench through Bane and Melton’s play
  • How they’re building a case to be potential permanent starters down the road.
  • Is this just early-season sample results, or a launchpad for a leap?

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