28
Oct
07

Memphis Grizzlies Preview

Memphis is a very good young team anchored by one of the best power forwards in the game, Pau Gasol. They got over on Houston last year by trading Shane Battier for Rudy Gay and Stromile Swift, both are starting for the Griz this year. I think they’ll surprise a lot of teams and they have a shot making the playoffs. The main reason I’ll say they are out of the playoffs is because of the division they are in.

Projected starting lineup with last year’s stats:
Stats follow this format – Points, Rebounds, Assists, Steals, Blocks, FG percentage & Minutes

PG – Kyle Lowry
5.6 – 3.1 – 3.2 – 1.4 – 0.10 – 37% – 17 min

SG – Mike Miller
18.5 – 5.4 – 4.3 – 0.77 – 0.29 – 46% – 39 min

SF – Rudy Gay
10.8 – 4.5 – 1.3 – 0.91 – 0.95 – 42% – 27 min

PF – Pau Gasol
20.8 – 9.8 – 3.4 – 0.49 – 2.14 – 54% – 36 min

C – Stromile Swift
7.8 – 4.6 – 0.3 – 0.56 – 1.15 – 47% – 19 min

Key Bench Players

Darko Milicic
Hakim Warrick
Juan Carlos Nacarro
Mike Conley Jr.
Damon Stoudamire

I’ve loved Darko and defended him, even lost money on him, since he came into the league, well if he can’t beat out Stromile Swift for a starting spot, then the love stops here. He’s a scrub, don’t draft him. Period.

Rudy Gay is poised for a breakout year and he’ll do it. Mike Miller won’t average 18.5 points this year because Pau Gasol is healthy and Rudy Gay is emerging.

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Lowry and Conley Jr. will be splitting time, so avoid both.

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