The Memphis Grizzlies blasted toward the head of the class last Thursday by hiring ESPN writer and statistical guru John Hollinger as vice president of basketball operations. With this move, the Grizzlies gave themselves a truly smart front office.
This pickup significantly changes the dynamic of the Grizzlies’ player evaluation. As Hollinger brings in the statistical eye, two scouts are on their way out.
Apparently, Hollinger still isn’t the top basketball voice in the organization. According to ESPN, Chris Wallace retains his title as general manager. Still, Hollinger is expected to do more than just hand Wallace troves of numbers.
Thus, the relationship between Hollinger and Wallace will be more like Theo Epstein and Jed Hoyer in the Chicago Cubs front office than Ben Cherington and Bill James in the Boston Red Sox suite. Like Epstein and Hoyer, the two basketball leaders of the Memphis organization will share some decision-making.
Like Epstein, Wallace will ultimately have the final say on important matters.
The innovator of the Player Efficiency Rating will be a breeze of new energy for an organization that some believe is about to grow stagnant with a few big contracts. The Grizz hang right on the border of the top tier of NBA squads.
Here’s a list of ways this newcomer will impact decision-making for Grizzlies and helping push them to the top.