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|Colours:||Beale street blue, memphis midnight blue, steel gray & gold|
|Hall of Famers:||Allen Iverson|
|Hall of Fame Coaches:||Hubie Brown|
|Rivals:||Los Angeles Clippers, Oklahoma City Thunder & San Antonio Spurs|
|Legends:||Pau Gasol, Shane Battier, Mike Miller, Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol & Tony Allen|
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The Memphis Grizzlies joined the NBA in 1995 as an expansion team alongside the Toronto Raptors, originally being the Vancouver Grizzlies. The Grizzlies were hampered by a ruling from the NBA commission that didn’t allow them a top 5 selection in the draft for their first three seasons, due to being able to select bench players from the established teams in their expansion draft prior to their first season.
The Grizzlies won their first two NBA games, but followed up with 19 straight loses and later set an NBA single season record of 23 straight loses, which has since been broken. Despite a 15-67 record in their inaugural season, the Grizzlies managed to average 17,183 spectators per home game, 14th best in the league.
The Grizzlies did no better of the next five seasons in Vancouver, highlighted by a 8-42 record in the 1998-99 lockout shortened season. The lockout brought not only struggles on the court, but off it also. Average fan attendance decreased by over 2,000 and ownership began losing money and looking for a potential buyer for the franchise.
Michael Heisley bought the franchise for $160M, and after originally planning to keep the team in Vancouver, was looking for an American city as a new host, with Memphis finally being selected and approved by the league. The Grizzlies became the first major professional sports franchise based in Memphis and also became the easternmost franchise in the Western Conference.
The move to Memphis saw a turn in fortune, with the Atlanta Hawks trading their 3rd pick in the 2001 draft, Pau Gasol. Gasol would lead the Memphis team and end up winning Rookie of the Year.
The front-office surrounded Gasol with great role players like Jason Williams, Mike Miller and James Posey and saw the team make the playoffs for the first time in the 2003-04 season, finishing with a 50-32 record. Despite getting swept 4-0 by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round, the 50 wins would be a mark that wasn’t eclipsed until the 2012-13 season.
The Grizzlies would make the playoffs the following two seasons, but a Gasol broken foot in the 2006 off-season whilst playing for Spain saw Memphis fall to a league worst 22-60 in the 2006-07 season, being led by rookie forward Rudy Gay. Despite having the worst record, the Grizzlies were only awarded the fourth pick in the 2007 NBA Draft, selected point guard Mike Conley Jr.
The 2007-08 season wasn’t starting as planned and saw the front office trade Gasol to the Los Angeles Lakers for a selection of picks and players, including the rights to Pau’s younger brother Marc Gasol, who was playing in Spain. The team again finished with a 22-60 record.
The 2009 offseason is one that Grizzlies’ fans don’t like to look back on, selecting center Hasheem Thabeet with the second pick in the 2009 NBA Draft, ahead of future MVPs James Harden (3rd) and Steph Curry (7th). The team would also sign Allen Iverson as a free agent, who would only play three games before leaving the team for ‘personal reasons’.
However, Memphis did acquire Zach Randolph, who combined with Gay, Gasol, Conley and free agent defensive stopper Tony Allen, would lead the Grizzlies to their most successful period in franchise history, touted as the ‘Grit and Grind’ era.
The team played hard-nosed defence and often got under the skin of opponents, leading the league in steals and making the playoffs in 2011 after four unsuccessful seasons. Finishing as the 8-seed in the West, they played the 1-seed Spurs, whom they defeated in six games, the first series win in franchise history. Memphis would lose in a hard-fought seven game series to the Oklahoma City Thunder.
The following season saw the team make the playoffs again, losing to the Los Angeles Clippers seven games in the first round, starting a vicious rivalry between the two teams, who both played with a chip on their shoulder.
The 2012-13 season was the best in franchise history, finishing with a 56-26 record. Gasol won Defensive Player of the Year and the team avenged the previous year’s loss to the Clippers, defeating them in six games in the opening round of the playoffs.
Memphis would then go on to beat the one-seed Oklahoma City Thunder in the second round, making the Western Conference Finals for the first and only time in franchise history. Memphis would go on to lose to long time foes, the San Antonio Spurs.
The team would make the playoffs the next four seasons, only getting out of the first round once, and the Grit and Grind era came to an end in 2017 when both Randolph and Allen left in free agency. Memphis would go on to have their worst season since 2007-08, having a 19 game losing streak and finishing with the 22-60 record.
The last two members of the franchise’s best era were moved on with Gasol being traded to the Toronto Raptors during the 2019 season and Conley being traded in the 2019 off-season, with the franchise looking towards the future. The team is now led by the fourth pick in the 2018 Draft, Jaren Jackson Jr and second pick in the 2019 Draft and 2020 Rookie of the Year Ja Morant.
Morant led the team to the eighth best record in the West before COVID-19 suspended the 2019-20 season. After play returned in the Orlando Bubble, the team went 2-6 with Jackson Jr only playing three games before being sidelined with injury.
Memphis finished the eight seeding games in ninth spot in the West, qualifying for the eight vs nine play-in game against the Portland Trail Blazers. The Grizzlies would lose to Dame Lillard and the Blazers in the play-in game and be eliminated from playoff contention.
Given the play of Morant and the Grizzlies in the 2020 Bubble, there were some expectations that they could go one better and reach the playoffs. It was a long and tough season for the team, finishing ninth in the West and qualifying for the Play-In Tournament for the second straight season.
Facing the Spurs in an elimination 9 v 10 Play-In game, Memphis needed 20+ points from Morant, Jonas Valanciunas and Dillon Brooks in order to win by four points and keep their season alive. They then faced the Warriors, on the road, in the eighth-seed Play-In game and won in overtime behind 35 points from Morant.
They then faced the Jazz, who had the best record in the league, in the opening round. A Game One victory gave the Grizzlies hope of an upset, but Donovan Mitchell returned from injury for the Jazz in Game Two and Memphis failed to win another game, losing 4-1. While they lost in five games, Ja Morant’s 47 point outburst in Game Two shows the star that he is and how bright the future is for Memphis.
The Memphis Grizzlies are entering this season full of hope as their young team last year won both of their games in the Western Conference’s play-in tournament before falling to the Jazz in the first round of the playoffs. Now with more experience and a few big changes, the Grizzlies will be trying to go further into the playoffs behind their young talented core. Will these changes be enough for the Grizzlies to make another playoff appearance or will they fall off this season and miss the play-in tournament?
The Grizzlies have been led by head coach Talyor Jenkins throughout their current resurgence. The Grizzlies have been steadily improving under his leadership with a 34 win in their first season as coach and then 38 wins in the second season. Jenkins started his career at Austin Toros as an assistant coach in the G-League in 2008. After 4 years, Jenkins became the head coach in 2012 of the Austin Toros.
After a quick stint as head coach of the Toros, Jenkins became a coaching assistant at the Hawks. As an assistant at the Hawks, Jenkins developed 4 of the Hawks starting 5 into All-Stars. The following season Jenkins moved to the Bucks where he helped Giannis make the leap as the league’s MVP. Jenkins then got tasked with developing a growing Grizzlies core and has so far been successful.
This offseason the front office has added several pieces to the young core to help the team make the playoffs. The team added big man Steven Adams to replace Jonas Valanciunas, defense-first guard Kris Dunn, Jared Culver as well as the 10th pick in the draft Ziaire Williams.
Although some of the Grizzlies’ moves may create setbacks this season, it seems they will ultimately pay dividends in the future as the team moves forward with its young core. The Grizzlies have lost their leading rebounder and 2nd leading scorer, but have built a great foundation for future success this offseason.
The key player for the Grizzlies is explosive young guard Ja Morant. Morant showed flashes in his rookie season and followed it up with a strong second season, averaging 19.1 points and 7.4 assists per game. Despite leading the team in assists and scoring, Morant still has a long way to go before he reaches his ceiling. Morant showed some of this potential in the playoffs where he averaged 30.2 points per game against the Jazz including a 47 point, 7 assist outing.
If Morant can maintain this momentum, and improve his shaky shooting he could become an All-NBA level player. Morant shot just 30.3% from the 3 and his jumper was streaky throughout the season. If Morant can improve his shooting he will become a mutli-faceted offensive weapon that can help elevate this Grizzlies team back to the playoffs.
The second most important player for the Grizzlies is Jaren Jackson Jr.. Jackson is one of our favorite young big men in the league as he is a great interior defender and great shooter. Jackson shot 39.4% from 3 on 6 attempts per game in his first season before taking a dive in his second season shooting just 28.3%. This huge dropoff is likely due to the fact Jackson never got in rhythm during the 11 games he played last season.
With Jackson back healthy and returning to form with his 3 point shot, he will have a massive impact spacing the floor for Ja as well as being the team’s defensive anchor. Jackson’s development and play might even have a bigger impact on the Grizzlies when you consider both sides of the floor. The Grizzlies need both players in their young core to develop and improve for them to get past the first round of the playoffs.
The breakout player for the Grizzlies is probably going to be Ja Morant. Despite leading the team in points and assists, Morant still has room to grow. He has shown extreme promise and is on the precipice of stardom. If he improves his jumper this offseason and continues to play like he did in the playoffs, Morant is on track for his first All-NBA appearance. Look for Morant to get a bump up in his usage rate, like in the playoffs, this season and his numbers to all go up.
If Morant can simultaneously boost his usage rate to be among the likes of Trae Young and Donovan Mitchell, while improving his shooting, Morant will break out and become one of the best point guards in the league. In fact, if Morant bumps his usage rate close to Luka’s and improves his shooting, Morant could replicate the MVP performance of his draft comparison Derrick Rose. Until then, he is a solid young point guard with tonnes of upside.
After their impressive year under Rookie of the Year, Ja Morant, there was hope and expectation with the Grizzlies. Their 2020-21 NBA Championship odds opened at +7500. After the markets had some time to adjust, the Grizzlies odds went out to +9000 in mid-November.
While they eventually made the playoffs after winning both Play-In games from the ninth seed, they were never given a hope. Memphis had the worst Championship odds of all first round teams and it showed as they lost in five games.
Memphis did have some expectation surrounding them after the 2020 Bubble, but they still performed better than the sportsbooks predicted, going 41-30-1 against the spread, tied for the third best record in the league.
They may not have been the Grit N’ Grind Grizzlies, but this Memphis side played with a hard nosed defensive edge and it showed in their total points betting results, being just 34-36-2 for the season.
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Where do the Memphis Grizzlies play?
The Memphis Grizzlies play their home games at the FedExForum.
Who owns the Memphis Grizzlies?
Robert Pera is the owner of the Memphis Grizzlies.
Have the Memphis Grizzlies won an NBA Championship?
The Memphis Grizzlies have won 0 NBA championships.
Who is the Memphis Grizzlies coach?
Taylor Jenkins is the head coach of the Memphis Grizzlies. Jenkins was hired following the 2018-19 season, after being an assistant coach at the Milwaukee Bucks.
Do the Memphis Grizzlies play tonight?
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What is the Memphis Grizzlies record?
The Memphis Grizzlies had a 38-34 win-loss record for the 2020-21 NBA season.
Did the Memphis Grizzlies win last night?
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How much are the Memphis Grizzlies worth?
According to Forbes Magazine, the Memphis Grizzlies are worth $1.3 billion.
Who do the Memphis Grizzlies play tonight?
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How to watch the Memphis Grizzlies?
You can watch the Memphis Grizzlies on TV channels like ESPN, ABC, TNT, NBA TV or Fox Sports Southeast, or subscribe to NBA League Pass.
Will the Memphis Grizzlies make the playoffs this year?
The Memphis Grizzlies made the 2021 Playoffs despite finishing the regular season ninth in the Western Conference. They won both Play-In games, beating the Warriors on the road to clinch the eighth seed.
They were then eliminated in five games by the league-leading Jazz.
Will the Memphis Grizzlies get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The Memphis Grizzlies received the 17th pick in the 2021 NBA draft.
When do the Memphis Grizzlies play?
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Where did the Memphis Grizzlies finish the season?
The Memphis Grizzlies finished the 2020-21 NBA season in 9th in the Western Conference, but were the eighth seed in the Playoffs following the Play-In Tournament.
How many games did the Memphis Grizzlies win?
The Memphis Grizzlies won 38 games during the 2020-21 NBA season.
What are the NBA expert picks for the Memphis Grizzlies?
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