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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.
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Taylor Jenkins heads into his second year in charge of the Memphis Grizzlies, with an overall record of 41-45 (.477) at the time of writing. He was previously Assistant Coach at the Atlanta Hawks, and the Milwaukee Bucks, where both teams were able to make the Eastern Conference Finals during his time at both franchises.
Jenkins has developed a reputation as a very good developer of young talent, with a number of Atlanta and Milwaukees’ young players able to improve their game and take their performance to All-Star levels.
Coach Jenkins is known to be meticulous in preparation and a positive coach who leaves no stone unturned, sure to be as positive as the young Grizzlies roster seeks to rebuild around Ja Morant and co.
Ja Morant is one of the most exciting players to watch around the league in season 2021, after his electrifying rookie campaign where he scooped up the NBA’s Rookie of the Year award, as well as compiling a jaw dropping highlight reel.
Morant showed explosive speed and dunking ability like a young Derrick Rose, dropping 17.8 points per game (50th in the league), and more impressively 7.3 assists per game (10th in the league) in 2019, displaying court vision beyond his years.
It looks like Morant will blossom into one of the best guards in the league sooner rather than later, and the Grizzlies will have the opportunity to build a roster around him in the years to come.
Third year power forward / centre Jaren Jackson Jr. stepped up his production last season with 17.4 points per game, and possessed a unique blend of athleticism and shooting for a big man.
Jackson Jr. can space the floor and draw opposition bigs away from the rim, a valuable commodity in today’s NBA. He has shown the ability to score at a consistent level, and may be able to break through and average over 20 points per game with fellow budding star Ja Morant feeding him the ball.
He will have to improve his physicality and defensive ability, as the 7’0” giant averages only 4.6 rebounds per game, a number he should be aiming to raise significantly. If he does so, the Grizzlies’ future looks bright with Morant and Jackson Jr. moving forward.
After their impressive year under Rookie of the Year, Ja Morant, their is hope and lifted expectation for 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.
Despite a 34-39 regular season record, the Grizzlies finished 37-36-1 against the spread. They were much better at home, with a 21-16 record ATS at home, compared to 16-20-1 record ATS on the road.
Being a young, defensive minded team, Memphis went over on only 33 of their 74 games, going under 41 times. There over/under record was 15-22 at home and 18-19 on the road.
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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 34-39 win-loss record for the 2019-20 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 did not make the playoffs in the 2019-20 season. They finished the regular season in 9th place in the Western Conference with a 34-39 record. The COVID-19 shortened season caused a change in rules which allowed the 8th and 9th placed teams to go to battle in a ‘play-in series’. The Grizzlies lost to the Portland Trail Blazers in the first game and were eliminated from contention for the playoffs.
Will the Memphis Grizzlies get the 1st pick in the NBA Draft?
The Memphis Grizzlies received the 14th pick in the 2020 NBA draft, but due to a previous trade, sent this pick to the Boston Celtics. The Grizzlies’ first pick is pick 40.
When do the Memphis Grizzlies play?
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Where did the Memphis Grizzlies finish the season?
The Memphis Grizzlies finished the 2019-20 NBA season in 9th in the Western Conference.
How many games did the Memphis Grizzlies win?
The Memphis Grizzlies won 34 games during the 2019-20 NBA season.
What are the NBA expert picks for the Memphis Grizzlies?
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