With the buyout of Nick Calathes to send the Euro MVP to Memphis, the Grizzlies have probably set their final roster. So now, it’s time to get the (likely) official Grizzlies Depth Chart!
Actually, though, Memphis has 17 players for a 15 person roster, so two people are going to end up being cut. For this, I’m going to assume that Donte Greene and Willie Reed’s non-guaranteed contracts are the ones that gets cut (both Greene and Reed are guaranteed bench warmers, where Josh Akognon’s shooting could prove to be valuable).
Here’s what the roster looks like now:
PG: Mike Conley Jr., Nick Calathes, Tony Wroten, Josh Akognon
SG: Tony Allen, Jerryd Bayless, Jamaal Franklin
SF: Quincy Pondexter, Tayshaun Prince, Mike Miller
PF: Zach Randolph, Ed Davis
C: Marc Gasol, Kosta Koufos, Jon Leuer
One thing that’s immediately clear is the incredible depth and flexibility in this roster. It’s probably deeper than any roster that Memphis has ever had before. The backup PG’s remain a relative weak spot, but all 3 SG, SF, and both PF spots are filled with really, very good players, who are all positionally flexible.
At 6’6”, Wroten could play SG as well as PG; Bayless always spends a lot of time at PG; Akognon fits into a Bayless-esque gunner role very easily; Miller is naturally a SG, he just fits schemes at SF more easily; Prince is actually most efficient when he plays PF.
The gist of all of this is that there’s a whole lot more to play with with this roster, lineup-wise. There’s a whole lot more potential out of this, even, then there was out of last season’s constrictive essential 8 man roster. Even some bench lineups could be absolutely deadly, and I’d be willing to bet that we’ll be seeing tons of different hybrid starter-backup lineups as Joerger figures out which combinations give him the most punch.
If this depth chart isn’t getting you excited, then I dunno what to tell you, because that looks amazing to me. If the Grizzlies can find themselves as contenders next season, I don’t know what else it’s going to take to get them there.
So, take heart Grizzlies fans, it’s looking good. Until October comes, Grind On everyone.
But of course, keep checking back for more analysis of the season to come! Season previews will be coming soon, among other things!