After the Tony Wroten trade has shaken up the Grizzlies backcourt a little bit, it’s probably time for another edition of the Grizzlies Depth Chart to see what, exactly, the team looks like now.
For what it’s worth, I’m not even going to pretend that this is “final” now. I get it. Anything can, and will, happen.
Now that the roster is down to 16 players after the Wroten trade, the team only needs to cut one player. I’m going to assume, again, that they’ll be cutting unguaranteed PF Willie Reed since they have plenty of Frontcourt depth without him and he was never much a contributor anyway. Meanwhile, the other unguaranteed player, Josh Akognon, has some clear definite value, even if he probably won’t be getting much playing time.
That said, they can actually maintain their current roster in it’s precise form if they send either unguaranteed player to the D-League. Someone on an unguaranteed contract doesn’t count as a roster spot unless they’re actively filling a spot on the bench. Akognon is only unguaranteed until December, but Reed is unguaranteed all year, and the Grizz could hold on to these prospects by sending one to the D-League.
At any rate, Akognon is the only player likely to see real playing time for Memphis next year, so he’s the one I’ll be including in the depth chart.
PG: Mike Conley, Nick Calathes, Josh Akognon
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
I still think this looks really great. If you look 2 deep, every single player on the roster is capable of being a starter on another good team (and some even have been).
Looking at it 3 deep, you still see some potentially high-impact role players, that far into the roster (Miller, Leuer), and then low cost prospects who could turn out to be impactful, and don’t hurt anything if they aren’t (Akognon, Franklin, Melo).
This is a team that is simultaneously a terrifying, immediate threat, and is also slowly building for a future. Isn’t that awesome?