The Grizzlies are currently 1-3 since moving Gay and are in desperate need of finding players to fill his void. While the team doesn't have any one player who can duplicate Gay's game, a few players on the squad can get them back on track. With a big game tonight against the Golden State Warriors, here are three players outside of their core from whom the Grizzlies need production in order to right the ship.
If there is one player who has benefited the most from Gay's departure, it would have to be Jerryd Bayless. Bayless has stepped up big since the trade and is currently averaging 19.5 points and 3.8 assists per game. The Grizzlies need Bayless to consistently provide this kind of spark off the bench. If he can do this on a night-to-night basis, the Grizzlies should find their way. Expect Bayless to play a huge part in getting the Grizzlies back on track.
Another player that the Grizzlies desperately need is the newly acquired Tayshaun Prince. At age 32, Prince is a seasoned vet who brings championship experience and leadership to his new squad. With his ability to defend and find the open man, Prince should be able to bring the stability that the Grizzlies have been looking for. Although Prince isn't the same player he was back in Detroit's championship days, he is still a more-than-capable player who can impact the outcome of games.
After missing the entire 2011-2012 season and some of this season, Darrell Arthur is finally back, and the Grizzlies couldn't be happier. Since his return, Arthur is averaging 6.8 points and 3.3 rebounds in 18.1 minutes per game. While those numbers aren't up to par to his average of 9.1 points and 4.3 rebounds in the 2010-2011 season, Arthur will only get better as he continues to play. He can play a huge role in stabilizing the Grizzlies with both his play on defense and offense. Look for the Grizzlies to incorporate Arthur into a bigger role as the season progresses.
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