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Memphis

Grizzlies

Southwest

2011-12 Team Rating
OffenseDefense
101.098.9
21st Overall7th Overall
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2011-12 Season Stats

W

41

L

25

PCT

.621

GB

9

CONF

26-22

DIV

7-8

HOME

26-7

ROAD

15-18

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Category

Grade
FrnCourt
Further evidence that the Grizzlies like the team they had last season was their easy decision to re-sign both Darrell Arthur and Marreese Speights, despite some overlap in their skills.

B

BckCourt
O.J. Mayo walked as a free agent with Memphis' blessing. The Grizzlies added Jerryd Bayless to back up Mike Conley. Draft pick Tony Wroten is a project as a bigger point guard and second-year guard Josh Selby was a co-MVP in Vegas.

B+

Defense
Shooting guard Tony Allen, an all-defensive player, sets the tone not just in the locker room but in the team's marketing (a "Grind Forth" slogan). All newcomers must fit in to that mindset.

B

Bench
Wayne Ellington, acquired from Minnesota for Dante Cunningham, is being counted on to provide some of the 3-point threat Memphis lacked last season.

B-

Coaching
Lionel Hollins has this group right where he wants them -- minus a couple extra triumphant playoff series, that is -- and is talking improvement from within. Appropriate.

B

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B

Summary

The core -- Conley, Allen, Rudy Gay, Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol -- is intact, so the Grizzlies' primary objectives this offseason were to tweak around the edges of the roster and for the holdover players to get healthy and be ready. There would have been more to worry about if Memphis had made wholesale changes.

-- Steve Aschburner

Explanation of Marking System

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

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