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Grizzlies young core one of the league's best?

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Grizzlies young core one of the league's best? 

Post#1 » by Jamaaliver » Wed Jul 24, 2019 3:34 pm

The Young Core Rankings

The future is now for franchises across the NBA map. Which one has put together the best group of players under the age of 25? We rank every team’s collection of young’uns

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3. Memphis Grizzlies

WAR: 68.1 | Best Under-25 Players: Jaren Jackson Jr. (21.4), Ja Morant (18.2), Tyus Jones (13.5)

Besides Doncic, Jackson boasts the best five-year projection of any rising second-year player—better than Ayton, better than Young, better than Bagley and Carter and Bamba combined. It’s not difficult to see why: Jackson displayed NBA range and tremendous defensive ability as the second-youngest player in the league last season, so even a worst-case scenario still pegs him as a valuable, switchable starter for the modern game.

Jackson and no. 2 overall pick Morant form the dream inside-out combination to start a team, and the summer league champion Grizzlies—who won without either Jackson or Morant—should spend the season as League Pass darlings for NBA fans eager to see the future now. Memphis was the NBA’s fourth-oldest team last season, but 30-somethings Mike Conley, Marc Gasol, and Garrett Temple—the team’s three leaders in minutes played—are all gone now, leaving plenty of available playing time for the Grizzly cubs.
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Post#2 » by VCfor3 » Thu Jul 25, 2019 12:55 am

Clarke is worth mentioning too though he won't be a star. He just seems like a good glue guy/role player type. I hope fans realize how few games we are likely to win next season, but we will be fun and interesting moving forward which is a great feeling.
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Post#3 » by Jamaaliver » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:22 pm

Are We Sure … the Grizzlies Didn’t Have the Best Offseason?

Memphis didn’t land Kevin Durant or Kawhi Leonard this summer, but it did manage to save the future of the franchise

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The Grizzlies again missed out of the transformative prospect at the top of the draft board, but unlike in 2003, they landed the no. 2 pick and kept it, procuring the rights to a potential franchise player in the process. Ja Morant probably won’t win an MVP, and given his struggles shooting the 3-ball in college, he might be a bit too Westbrookian for his own good. But the Murray State point guard instantly gives the Grizzlies something it takes some teams years to figure out: an identity. Memphis now has one of the most dynamic cornerstone duos in the league in Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., last year’s no. 4 overall pick. The team that lived in the mud will be flying up and down the court for the foreseeable future. The Grizzlies nabbed Gonzaga’s Brandon Clarke in the draft. The Ringer favorite went on to win MVP and lead the Grizz to a title at the Las Vegas summer league and looks like the perfect inside complement for Jackson’s stretchy, switchy game.

...squint and you’ll see the outline of something significant. Jackson, Clarke, and Jonas Valanciunas form a strong young frontcourt rotation, while Morant, Tyus Jones, Grayson Allen, and De’Anthony Melton could do the same in the backcourt. The Grizzlies’ offseason haul isn’t in the same universe as the Clippers’ or Nets’, or even the Celtics’ or Pacers’. But it does make them relevant. Considering where they were heading into May’s draft lottery, that might be an even more impressive accomplishment.
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