Pack-Bears Review, Memphis Grizzlies offseason

Posted: 09/15/2012 by levcohen in Basketball, Football

Packers-Bears review:
Odds: Packers by 6
Over/under: 51.5
My prediction: Packers- 24, Bears- 20.

Review: Packers- 23, Bears- 10.. This was an ugly game. Bears QB Jay Cutler was awful, and neither of these teams looked like who they are supposed to be. One of the Packers touchdowns came on a fake field goal, and Bears star running back Matt Forte is hurt.

I correctly picked the winner of the game and the over/under, but incorrectly picked the cover.

Memphis Grizzlies:

Key additions: Darrell Arthur (re-sign), Jerryd Bayless (FA), Marreese Speights (re-sign), Tony Wroten (draft), Gilbert Arenas (FA), Hamed Haddadi (FA)

Key Losses: OJ Mayo (FA)

Grade: B-

The Grizzlies had a quiet offseason, and it seems like they are on cruise control after building a very strong team. They added a few bench players, and drafted electrifying guard Tony Wroten in the first round. Wroten could turn out to be something special, but at this point it’s hard to tell. The Grizzlies also picked up Gilbert Arenas. It’s hard to believe how far Arenas has fallen, from a top 20 player to a bench scrub. I think it was a good signing, because Arenas still has the talent. Memphis only lost one player, but he is important. After a very promising start to his career, OJ Mayo’s production and playing time have fallen off a cliff, which is very disappointing. I still think that Mayo will become a star player, but it just wasn’t going to happen with Memphis.

The Grizz didn’t do much this offseason, but the key is that they still have their young core in Mike Conley, Rudy Gay and Marc Gasol along with one of the best defenders in the league (Tony Allen) and a big double double threat (Zach Randolph).

Last year’s starting lineup:
PG: Conley
SG: Allen
SF: Gay
PF: Randolph
C: Gasol

Projected starting lineup:
PG: Conley
SG: Allen
SF: Gay
PF: Randolph
C: Gasol

Roster (usual active 12 in italics):
PG: Mike Conley, Jerryd Bayless, Tony Wroten, Gilbert Arenas, Jeremy Pargo
SG: Tony Allen, Wayne Ellington, Josh Selby
SF: Rudy Gay, Quincy Pondexter, DJ Kennedy
PF: Zach Randolph, Marreese Speights, Darrell Arthur
C: Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi

Projected minutes:
PG: Conley (34), Bayless (10), Wroten (4)
SG: Allen (27), Wroten (10), Bayless (7), Ellington (4)
SF: Gay (35), Ellington (10), Pondexter (3)
PF: Randolph (26), Speights (12), Arthur (7), Pondexter (3)
C: Gasol (35), Haddadi (10), Speights (3)

Projected minutes for each player:
Gasol: 35
Gay: 35
Conley: 34
Allen: 27
Randolph: 26
Bayless: 17
Speights: 15
Wroten: 14
Ellington: 14
Haddadi: 10
Arthur: 7
Pondexter: 6

Last year’s stats for each player:
Gasol: 14.5 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks, 1 steal per game
Gay: 19 points, 6.5 rebounds, 2.5 assists, 1.5 steals per game
Conley: 12.5 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists, 2.2 steals per game
Allen: 10 points, 1.5 rebounds, 4 assists, 1.8 steals per game
Randolph: 11.5 points, 8 rebounds, 1.5 assists per game (28 games, injured rest of season)
Bayless: 11.5 points, 2 rebounds, 4 assists per game
Speights: 9 points, 6 rebounds per game
Ellington: 6 points, 2 rebounds per game (51 games, DNP CD rest of season)
Haddadi: 2 points, 2 rebounds per game (35 games, DNP Coaches Decision rest of season)
Arthur- 2010-11 stats (last year injured for the whole year): 9 points, 4.5 rebounds per game
Pondexter: 4 points, 2 rebounds per game

Each player’s strengths:
Gasol: rebounding, passing, FT, scoring
Gay: scoring, shooting, rebounding, steals
Conley: passing, defense, steals, floor general, transition
Allen: defense, steals, mid-range shooting
Randolph: scoring, rebounding
Bayless: leadership, floor general, passing
Speights: scoring off the bench, rebounding
Wroten: youth, potential, scoring off the dribble, explosive
Ellington: rebounding, depth
Haddadi: depth
Arthur: depth, rebounding
Pondexter: depth

  1. philabundant says:

    This is a team I think could deteriorate meaningfully this year.

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