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Memphis

Grizzlies

Southwest

2009-10 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
104.8107.6
17th Overall24th Overall
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2009-10 Season Stats

W

40

L

42

PCT

.488

GB

15

CONF

22-30

DIV

5-11

HOME

23-18

ROAD

17-24

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Rudy Gay got his big payday and now he's got to deliver big-time consistency as he teams with All-Star Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol on a potent frontline.

B+

BckCourt
Greivis Vasquez and Acie Law, you're the next contestants to play game called, "Who Can Push Mike Conley at Point Guard?" Three years later, they're still searching.

C

Defense
Elvis and any notion that the Grizzlies are interested in defense have left the building. Isn't that why Hasheem Thabeet was No. 2 pick in 2009? Tony Allen might help.

D

Bench
There should be plenty of firepower with rookie Xavier Henry and free agent streak shooter Tony Allen coming aboard.

B

Coaching
Lionel Hollins has earned every penny of his new contract by instilling pride and cohesion in the Grizzlies. Now his sights are on a playoff berth.

B+

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B-

Summary

A year ago at this time there, were so many questions about the Grizzlies. Not the least of which was: What were they thinking when they traded for Zach Randolph?

Then Randolph went out and reminded everyone just how good he can be when he keeps his head on straight and focuses on playing the game. Put Z-Bo on a frontline with Marc Gasol and Rudy Gay for a second straight year -- and hopefully get some kind of contribution out of Hasheem Thabeet this time around -- and the Grizzlies could really challenge for a playoff berth.

So much of the credit goes to coach Lionel Hollins, who made the players accountable for themselves and that has produced an atmosphere of responsibility in the locker room and on the court. His next trick is to get them playing defense.

The most glaring weakness remains at point guard, where Mike Conley keeps outlasting all of the other candidates, but hasn't yet proven that he's the guy who can lead them to the next level.

But a year after all of the snickering, the Grizzlies are no joke.

--Fran Blinebury

Explanation of Marking System

  • A - Superior
  • B - Above Average
  • C - Average
  • D - Below Average
  • F - Failing
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