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The Grizzlies don’t have amazing depth in the frontcourt, but they have enough. Marc Gasol’s only backup at center is Hamed Haddadi, who rarely sees meaningful minutes—especially in the playoffs—but gets bundles of rebounds. Dante Cunningham may rotate in at center sometimes to spell Gasol.
Their depth is better at power forward. Marreese Speights will likely start at power forward since he’s started most of the season. No team can claim a better backup power forward than Zach Randolph. Randolph has accepted the temporary role as a bench player and has been a rebounding machine off the bench.
Also, Cunningham comes off the bench and often plays power forward, his natural position. He received more minutes when Randolph was out, but still gets some significant minutes at the position.
Now, the Grizzlies need solid contributions from each power forward. Speights needs to be consistent, whether he’s playing 17 minutes in a game or 27. Sometimes he isn’t as effective when playing fewer minutes, although he’s recently managed to pull down more boards in fewer minutes.
Randolph needs to remain assertive and aggressive coming off the bench. His rebounding ability adds life to the Grizzlies, and they’ll need him to be dominant as always on the boards. Cunningham could play different roles, depending on how Hollins wants to use him, but he’ll be called upon primarily to give athletic defense.
Solid showings from Randolph, Speights and Cunningham makes the Grizzlies tough to match up against, as any one of them could give opponents problems in his own way.