The Memphis Grizzlies’ bench went through drastic changes in the four weeks leading up to the trade deadline. Three trades saw the Grizzlies ship out a combined four bench players and bring in four new ones. Now, a much different cast of players is rotating in to relieve the top-five grinders.
For the few who have stayed in Memphis the entire season, roles have changed a bit. Jerryd Bayless went from primarily being a facilitator to being a key scorer off the bench and defensive helper. With Wayne Ellington gone, Quincy Pondexter assumes greater responsibility as a three-point shooter.
Tony Wroten has taken what shots he could in the extra minutes he’s received due to the turnover.
Also, the trades meant a small change in the makeup of the team. Giving up Marreese Speights and Hamed Haddadi and later acquiring Dexter Pittman sacrificed some size. Trading Ellington de-emphasized three-point shooting on a team that already didn’t shoot many threes.
Having a different bench forces Lionel Hollins to reassess who his most treasured backups are. Follow along to see where all eight reserves rank.