Mike Conley is dragging the sled of a plodding Memphis Grizzlies offense. Combining his traditional caretaker skills with his fairly new scoring leadership, Conley leads a Grizzlies unit that produces just enough offensively while barely holding up defensively.
Conley showed off his lead guard credentials against the Phoenix Suns, leading the Grizz with 15 shots while tossing 14 assists and helping two supporting big men tally 20 points.
The seventh-year player is one of a few highlights in Memphis' player power rankings.
Also, Tony Allen is the only player who's strong on both ends thus far.
Mike Miller is doing a great amount of work for someone who is brittle. Miller is playing almost half the average game, giving Memphis their bit of outside shooting while working the hustle board.
Zach Randolph tapered before having an ingrown toenail. He became more active offensively and working hard on the boards.
The rankings are based on players' overall contributions. Those who are performing well on both ends are rewarded. Players' expectations are taken into account. For example, Quincy Pondexter's expectations are based on his ability to shoot three-pointers.
Follow along to see where each player stands.
Statistics are current through Dec. 3 games. Unless otherwise noted, advanced stats come from basketball-reference.com.