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Projected 2014 Starting Frontcourt:
Power Forward: Zach Randolph, Center: Marc Gasol
The Memphis Grizzlies were one of the four most successful teams in basketball last season, and they would't have been nearly as fortunate without the frontcourt powerhouse tandem of Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph.
These two were born to play beside one another, with flattering skill-sets that not only allow Memphis to dominate the paint, but also open things up for the rest of their teammates.
On defense, Gasol is as good as anyone against pick-and-rolls, forcing an offense to change direction or scheme. On offense he's the best passing center in the world, with a mid-range jumper that's lethal, and a bruising body wide enough to get just about any shot he wants off near the rim.
Randolph is the same way with the ball, but even more dangerous when a teammate or opponent misses his shot. Nobody enjoys battling Z-Bo on the boards, and over the last three seasons he's finished fist, second and first in total offensive rebounds.
These two dominate basketball's primary real estate together, and as long as they're together, Memphis will be a team nobody enjoys doing battle with.