2011-12 record: 41-25
Second place, Southwest Division
Lost in first round to L.A. Clippers
Areas of Strength:
The Grizzlies have one of the strongest front lines in the league with Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph and now the key is to try to keep them all healthy for a full season so that they can have a rhythm and continuity for the playoffs. One first-round loss to the Clippers is no reason to panic and think the Grizzlies can't make a real run through the Western Conference gantlet for a spot in The Finals.
With a solid and sometimes bruising front line and the steady work at point guard by Mike Conley, the only gaping hole in the Grizzlies game is outside shooting. O.J. Mayo did not deliver in the playoffs and the question is whether it's worth re-signing the free agent or finally letting him move on?
Two Stats That Matter:
5 -- Where Memphis ranked in offensive rebounding. Z-Bo and Gasol get plenty of second shots.
32.6 -- The Grizzlies' shooting percent from behind the 3-point line, which ranked near the bottom of the league.
The Way To Go:
Losing in a close seven-game series to the Clippers in the first round should be viewed as a temporary setback, not a reason to hit the reset button. The still have a solid lineup and the potential to go a long way in the playoffs next season and will take that step forward if they can find someone besides Rudy Gay to make big shots from the perimeter.
2011-12 Team Stats:
Offensive: 101.0 (21st)
Defensive: 98.9 (7th)
F: Zach Randolph
F: Rudy Gay
C: Marc Gasol
G: Mike Conley
G: Tony Allen
F: Dante Cunningham
G: Jeremy Pargo
F: Quincy Pondexter
G: Josh Selby
G: Gilbert Arenas (unrestricted)
F: Darrell Arthur (restricted)
G: O.J. Mayo (restricted)
F: Marreese Speights (restricted)
F: Hamed Haddadi (unrestricted)
Recent Draft History:
2011: Josh Selby (49)
2010: Xavier Henry (12), Dominique Jones (25), Greivis Vasquez (28)
2009: Hasheem Thabeet (2), DeMarre Carroll (27), Sam Young (36)
2008: Kevin Love (5), Donte Green (28)
2007: Mike Conley (4)
2006: Kyle Lowry (24)