Welcome back to another edition of Flip This Franchise!
With the season progressing to the trade deadline, the Grizzlies stand in 3rd place in the NBA Western Conference with a record of 34-20. Only the Houston Rockets and the Denver Nuggets stand in front of them in the rankings, as the Grizz are proving that they belong in an uber-competitive Western Conference.
Even with this strong record, the Grizzlies were hit with the injury bug yet again, as Monte Morris is out for an additional two weeks with knee tendinitis. Because of that, the Grizzlies decided to make the following deals just before the trade deadline.
Grizzlies trade: Alec Peters, PF
Raptors trade: Terry Rozier III, PG
Grizzlies trade: Tyler Johnson, PG
Pistons trade: Mike Muscala, PF
After these two deals, the Grizzlies current depth chart looks like this:
Grizzlies Depth Chart
PG: De’Aaron Fox (85), Monte Morris (80), Terry Rozier III (79)
SG: Buddy Hield (84), Malcolm Brogdon (85), Georgios Kalaitzakis (74)
SF: Cam Reddish (85), Bogdan Bogdanovic (80)
PF: Jaren Jackson Jr. (90), Jonah Bolden (79), Mike Muscala (77)
C: Demarcus Cousins (88), Mitchell Robinson (80), Willie Reed (75)
With this trade, the Grizzlies were able to upgrade the PG position with Morris out for a bit, while also not really affecting the PF position. By this point in the season, Jaren Jackson Jr. has progressed from an 87 OVR to a 90 OVR and Jonah Bolden, the back-up PF has gone up to a 79 OVR. With Peters at a 78, his minutes were declining due to the success of the two in front of him so the trade for Terry Rozier III who comes in on a 1-year deal makes sense for the time being.
With Jackson Jr. and Bolden as the lone PF’s on the roster, I wanted to bring in another PF who could help provide depth if needed off the bench that had the offensive versatility of Peters. In this sense, I brought in Mike Muscala, who is known for his strong shooting ability at the PF position. Overall, I wanted to ultimately help the team (obviously), but also make sure that the current roster doesn’t change to much in terms of the variety of players there. Both of these moves, with the Rozier III trade as the predicted bigger impact, should benefit the team moving forward.
As the year progressed in to the latter half of the season, the Grizzlies continued to prove their worth in the Western Conference leading to an overall record of 50-32! As a whole, the team really came together in the second half and was benefited greatly by the addition of “Scary Terry” Rozier.
In terms of the league overall, Giannis took home the MVP and DPOY awards, having averaged 26.4 PPG, 10.5 RPG, 5.7 APG, 1.6 SPG, and 2.0 BPG.
In terms of our team’s accolades, Jaren Jackson Jr. made it on the NBA’s All-Defensive 2nd Team, averaging close to 3 BPG. As a whole, the team’s top three scorers were DeMarcus Cousins with 20.3 PPG, Cam Reddish with 18.8 PPG, and Buddy Hield with 14.9 PPG. Hield also led the entire NBA in 3PT% at 48%, proving to be one of the better acquisitions made for the Grizzlies in the offseason.
With the regular season officially wrapped up, Memphis heads into the 2022 NBA Playoffs as the #3 seed and will be facing off against the #6 seed New Orleans Pelicans.
As a whole in terms of FTF, the Grizzlies come in to the playoffs with the best seed since this series has started. It’s been fun to be able to see the progression of this team since the series first started. However, will the Grizzlies have what it takes to survive as a higher seed? Stay tuned for the next FTF to see what happens in the 2022 NBA Playoffs…
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