The Memphis Grizzlies are a young team with a lot of promise. Last season the Memphis Grizzlies improved their win total to 40 and were a few games out of playoff contention. The Memphis Grizzlies have the tools to turn over a new leaf. With All-Star Forward Zach Randolph and promising young stars Rudy Gay and O.J. Mayo the Grizzlies have the talent to make the playoffs in the Western Conference. In the brutal Western Conference the Grizzlies will also need consistent play from Marc Gasol and Mike Conley Jr. The future is bright in Memphis and with Head Coach Lionel Hollins at the helm the Grizzlies will only improve.
The team showed great flashes last season, but they lacked the mental toughness to compete with the elite teams in the West. Experience also plays a factor. The starting 5 of the Memphis Grizzlies will be teaming together for the second straight season. Each player in the starting 5 knows their role on the team. The spotlight will be on newly re-signed swing man Rudy Gay. Gay signed a maximum contract and he was a key player on the USA Olympic team this summer. Gay possess a strong skill set and is a highlight reel waiting to happen. One intriguing player for the Grizzlies will be O.J. Mayo. Mayo is an established player in the league with a bright future. This summer he was snubbed off the Olympic Team. Mayo will be motivated to silence the critics who doubted him this summer.
For a young team it is important to have veteran pieces and glue guys that make the team gel. This off-season the Memphis Grizzlies acquired Tony Allen from the Boston Celtics. Allen may not be a household name but has championship pedigree from winning a championship with the Celtics.
The Memphis Grizzlies are on track to make the Western Conference Playoffs this spring. This may come to shock to many, but to the Memphis Grizzlies this should come to no surprise. The city of Memphis will be rocking this season and it will not be because of Beale St.
I will feature a slide show that will show the top 5 reasons why the Memphis Grizzlies will make the playoffs.