Marc Gasol is leading a Memphis Grizzlies team on the rise. Riding Gasol's defensive play, the Grizzlies are slowly making their way up the Western Conference standings toward better playoff positioning.
Gasol's defense has raised that of the entire team. That greatly affects how his value is compared with that of his teammates. Also, his rim protection changes the complexion of their playoff potential.
These player power rankings take the questions of value and potential playoff impact into great consideration. Players' contributions are weighed against their outlook for the playoffs.
Despite their play, some have rankings that push them up or down based on expected playoff impact. Tayshaun Prince may not be producing, but he hangs on to a relevant place in the rankings due to his projected playoff presence.
James Johnson leads Memphis bench scorers, but his outlook is dim as he fades from the rotation.
Tony Allen moved to the bench after returning from a wrist injury, but he makes an outsized defensive impact.
Read along to see how each player lands in his respective place in the rankings.
Statistics are current through March 17 games. Unless otherwise noted, advanced metrics come from basketball-reference.com.