Do the Grizzlies still have bite in the West?
The Memphis Grizzlies epitomize the "team nobody really wants to play." Yet, have they already been surpassed by numerous other foes in the Western Conference?
In this episode of Basketball by Association, NBA assistant editors Ethan Norof and Joel C. Cordes break down all the key roster losses and additions, discuss the biggest storylines to watch and set realistic expectations for the Grizzlies.
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The front line of Marc Gasol, Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay should be one of the most perfectly-balanced in the league. Yet, will they all stay healthy and learn how to play together this season?
Lack of depth was a problem for Memphis last year, so how does swapping out O.J. Mayo for Jerryd Bayless fully address the issue? Which other reserves will step up for a team that relies too heavily on its starters?
Franchises like the Phoenix Suns, Golden State Warriors, Minnesota Timberwolves, Dallas Mavericks, Utah Jazz and L.A. Clippers all made sweeping improvements this offseason while Memphis largely stood pat.
While the Grizzlies are still considered playoff-caliber, have they kept pace with the new-look L.A. Lakers, the maturing Oklahoma City Thunder, ever-cagey San Antonio Spurs or that myriad of upstarts who are crowding the postseason picture?
What's a realistic regular-season win total for the Grizzlies?
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