Third time’s the charm

When should the Bulldogs expect basketball success? Well as I’ve said before Howland’s 3RD year. In my mind this works with all coaches. You give the coach one year to put in his system, another year to build his roster, and then it’s proving time. Keep in mind that Ben has had to clean up a lot of the mess left by Rick Ray. Recruiting Ben has done a tremendous job. He has the youngest team in the nation and now they all have experience under their belt. The talent is here. Now the experience is coming as well. Losing IJ is a blow to the offense, because IJ is a facilitator he’s not going to drop 20 points each game, but he knows how to run the offense. This year everyone has had somewhat of a chance to run the offense and learn. Down low our big men get good position, they just don’t finish. Which with this year and some development. They ought to be fine. I honestly think that this could be one of the best bulldog teams ever. Look at Howland’s records. He builds teams in his 3rd year:

I think we could make a deep tournament run and possibly win the SEC. Kentucky is strong, but over the past few years Coach Cal’s juggernaut has shown its flaws. The Bulldogs have also notably come close to beating Kentucky. Which is a very good sign to see.  

Memphis Grizzlies projected starting five 

   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. 

Point Guard Mike Conley This one is no question. Mike Conley is the soul of this Grizzlies team and a top 10 NBA guard. Next. 

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. 

Center Marc GasolSo yea 7’1 Spainard, defensive POTY, absolute monster um anymore to say here?? 

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.