It has been a pretty common theme for the Memphis Grizzlies in the last few years to be overlooked. After all, this is a franchise that is in a small market and in a loaded Western Conference. However, they are one of the most consistent teams in the NBA. They’re off to a hot start this year, and people are wondering if this might be the year they could somehow make it to the NBA finals.
The focus at the beginning of the season in the Western Conference was on 3 teams: San Antonio, Oklahoma City and Los Angeles (Clippers). Those teams are all going to be major factors in the spring, but Memphis probably deserves to be mentioned in that same breath right now. They have relatively the same nucleus back that they have played with in the last few years, and they have added another seasoned veteran in Vince Carter.
Many people look at Vince Carter as one of the most under-appreciated players in the NBA right now. People remember him as a standout in fantasy basketball during his prime, and he was arguably the best dunker of all time. Those days might be over, but he has evolved into one of the best outside shooters at his position. He gives them offense at a time in which they really need that help as much as possible.
Starting off the season with 4 straight wins has gone largely unnoticed so far for Memphis. They have one of the best front-courts in the NBA with Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph, and the hope right now is that Mike Conley continues to progress as one of the best point guards in the NBA. He has started off very well putting up huge numbers in fantasy basketball, and he will need to be big to take down any of the other Western Conference teams with talented point guards.
Offense can still be a struggle at times, but this meant the team looks as good as ever so far this year. With uncertainty surrounding Oklahoma City thanks to some injury issues, they could be in a tough situation by the end of the year. San Antonio and Los Angeles have looked vulnerable early on as well, so this could be the final try for Memphis as their window starts to close. They have plenty of veterans on the squad ready to show what they have left.
This article was written and provided courtesy of Mark Jensen.