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Mike Conley and Rudy Gay celebrate a hard fought victory
Whatever the Grizzlies decide to do with OJ Mayo, one things remains constant. Memphis needs to build around their young core of players Rudy Gay, Mike Conley, and Marc Gasol.
These three guys are without a doubt capable of carrying an NBA team. With Gay, Conley, and Gasol being 24, 23, and 25 years old respectively, these guys are studs.
Rudy Gay has continued to show he is one of the top small forwards in the NBA. Averaging over 20 points and six boards a game, he can only get better.
The Grizzlies signed Gay to a 5-year extension this past off season, locking up the UConn product for years to come. Sit back and enjoy the ride Memphis, Gay is without a doubt an All-Star.
Marc Gasol is a young center that is capable of posting the numbers his brother, Pau, currently does.
While Gasol has somewhat took a step back in his production this season, there is little reason to worry.
NBA players, and particularly overseas players, tend to hit a funk at some point in their first three seasons in the NBA. Unfortunately for Gasol, this is that year.
It isn't all bad for the 25-year old Spaniard. He is currently averaging career highs in assists, blocks, and free throw percentage. Those three statistical categories are some of the most important for centers in the NBA without a doubt.
Expect Gasol to improve on his overall numbers significantly in the second half of this season, making him a serious NBA center.
Mentioned previously, Conley is a solid developing point guard.
With Conley's continuing improvement in every statistic across the board, watch out for this guy in years to come.
Memphis needs to continue to fill in the spaces around these three young studs.
Once these guys grow into NBA All-Stars in a few years, this Grizzlies team will contend with anyone. Be excited Memphis, the future is looking good.