Last week, we did a breakdown of the Grizzlies depth chart heading into next season. Recently, Memphis has traded the wing Donte Greene to Boston for Fab Melo and cash, which means that now the depth chart we posted last week is wrong.
Now, it’s not wrong because the Greene/Melo swap happened per se; we knew going in that Greene was never going to see playing time, and so he was never included in the original chart. The problem is that Melo’s contract is guaranteed, where Greene’s was not, so Melo cannot simply be waived the way Greene was going to be.
As a result, another player is going to have to be waived,. All signs point to that player being sharpshooter, D-League hopeful, and way off the bench point guard Josh Akognon.
This is somewhat of a shame: there was no indication that Akognon would ever get meaningful playing time, but he might have been a really fascinating experiment for the Grizzlies to try from time to time in an effort to add more floor spacing. He’s known as the best shooter not actively in the NBA.
With the exception of Akognon, though, not much has changed from the last depth chart, and as a result, all the analysis remains the same. This is mostly a “HEY, LOOK AT OUR ROSTER” exercise.
PG: Mike Conley, Nick Calathes, Tony Wroten
SG: Tony Allen, Jerryd Bayless, Jamaal Franklin
SF: Quincy Pondexter, Tayshaun Prince, Mike Miller
PF: Zach Randolph, Ed Davis, Jon Leuer
C: Marc Gasol, Kosta Koufos, Fab Melo
Functionally, this roster is really no different from the roster that came before it, with one exception: it’s aesthetically more attractive. 3 deep at every position! Woohoo!