The Memphis Grizzlies are facing high expectations for the first time. They won a playoff series for the first time in franchise history last season by beating the San Antonio Spurs in six games, and then took the Oklahoma City Thunder to Game 7 in the Western Conference semifinals.
Also, Grizzlies owner Michael Heisley has locked up Zach Randolph, Marc Gasol, Rudy Gay and Mike Conley to big contracts.
The basketball world will be watching closely to see if the Grizzlies can step up.
What is certain is the identity of the team. The Grizzlies are known for tough defense and selflessness. Read along to learn what to expect from the Grizzlies this season.