Since the Grizzlies seem to have filled out the roster for the most part with the signing of Mike Miller, I’m going to break down the Grizzlies’ “depth chart” at each position. Let’s see what this team will actually look like all together!
Before I get started, it’s probably worth noting that I’m going to consider Jerryd Bayless as a backup 2-guard, since that’s where he played the most time and was most effective post-trade last year.
PG: Mike Conley, Tony Wroten, Nick Calathes?
SG: Tony Allen, Jerryd Bayless, Jamaal Franklin
SF: Quincy Pondexter, Tayshaun Prince, Mike Miller
PF: Zach Randolph, Ed Davis, Willie Reed
C: Marc Gasol, Kosta Koufos, Jon Leuer
So, the good news is, if you look at this Grizzlies depth chart two-deep (which most people tend to do, since a lot of teams, especially the Grizzlies, never play more than 10 players) it’s pretty dang impressive. The problems are obvious if you look at it two deep though: backup PG play is troubling, and backup SF, maybe even SG is an issue.
The Point Guard problems are obvious: Wroten should probably not be getting real NBA minutes. He’s displayed good vision, but has a problem finishing even in Summer League, and he’s not such a good passer that he can make up for all his scoring deficiencies. Having Calathes would help, but it’s unclear by how much.
So then we turn to SG; to fix some of the backup PG problems, Bayless will spend time at PG whenever Conley isn’t. However, he Bayless did a lot less of that last season, but without a serviceable backup, expect to see it anyway. Luckily, Franklin (and MIKE MILLER) is still there to plug the gap at 2-guard when Bayless is doing Point duty.
But then there’s the issue at the wing. Pondexter-Prince is a perfectly good wing combo, kind of scary really, but I personally expect Prince to play some good time at PF next season: it’s where Prince was most efficient all last season. Again, though, even if you take Prince out and put him at the PF spot, MIKE MILLER is there to take his place.
The font court is more than solid, I think.
So, that’s what we’re looking at guys. I’m thinking that it looks really good, too.