The Memphis Grizzlies, led by second year head coach David Fizzdale are in win now but maybe rebuild mode. The Grizzlies are letting old players go and out of the original core four (Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Tony Allen, and Mike Conley) only Mike and Marc remain on the roster as it seems that Tony Allen is gone and Zach Randolph is headed to Sacramento with fellow 40 year old Grizzly Vince Carter. The Grizzlies are letting old players walk in order to make the roster younger. It’s a smart move, however everything hinges upon Chandler Parsons…to be specific, it hinges upon his knees. Now, my projected starting five.
Shooting Guard Ben McLemoreI debated between McLemore and Tyreke Evans, and I decided on McLemore because of his shooting. McLemore has flopped however no one necessarily thrives in Sacramento. The biggest factor here is how well he fits in Fizzdales system he’s perfect Conley drives in kicks the ball out instead of kicking it out to a Tony Allen who shoots 30% from 3 he can give it to a guy who has an ability to light it up.
Small Foward Chandler Parsons Honestly you can interchange between Parsons and Troy Daniels and Small Foward, however you have to feel that Parsons might be coming back. This is a very very very optimistic outlook since his knees are basically shot, but hey you never know.
Power Foward Jamychal GreenNow ummm there’s one tiny problem as of this time the Grizzlies have yet to re-sign their ultra athletic, as well as ultra sought after young gem. However if there’s someone the Grizzlies will break the bank for its Green. He fits perfectly in the system and will be needed with the departure of Memphis legend Zach Randolph. Green is athletic, can shoot, tremendous rebounder, good defensively, and fast for his size.
Sixth Man Troy Daniels Troy Daniels is a laser 3 point shooter, he can knock it down from pretty much anywhere. The only thing holding him back from greatness is his defense. On pick and roll situations he gets killed, however defense is just effort and practice, and the Grizzlies know a thing or two about defense so Troy Daniels should be fine. Honestly Troy is going to see a lot more minutes this year, it’s just time to see if he can stay consistent and stay earning minutes.