Oct 9, 2013; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies mascot Grizz performs before the game against Dallas Mavericks at FedExForum. Dallas Mavericks defeated Memphis Grizzlies 95-90. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Where will the Memphis Grizzlies rank this season?

Where will the Memphis Grizzlies rank this season?

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

Spruce Derden-USA TODAY Sports

We’re just under two months away from the 2014 NBA season, and fans are already getting excited for more Basketball. I recently tweeted out that “I was having @MemGrizz withdrawals.”

Getting to the point, the Grizzlies are coming off a disappointing and stressful season as we saw the team start the season 10-15, but end the season on a 40-17 stretch.  The question remains, how will the Grizzlies do in the 2014-2015 season?

Ryan Woods of Fansided had a bold prediction for the Grizzlies:

“Memphis Grizzlies – “Wake up! You, yes, you… Wake up!” This is me to national media when it comes the 2014-15 Memphis Grizzlies. This team isn’t good — this team is great.

It’s important to note that when healthy last year Memphis went 40-19. Marc Gasol over last few seasons has had his share of games spent in suits, which always spells trouble for this team on both ends, but if Dave Joerger and this staff can get between 75-80 games from this starting unit, look out.

The Grizzlies add depth with Vince Carter and Jarnell Stokes along with fellow rookie Jordan Adams. The added challenge of competing under a rookie head coach is now gone and Coach Joerger has a system, both offensively and defensively that enables this team compete with any roster in the NBA.

Memphis will have to fend off the likes of Portland, Dallas, Golden State and Houston who will all be gunning for home court advantage. Will it be easy? No. It’s going to be a blood bath. But if healthy they have all the makings of not just a gatekeeper out West, but a true contender that’s ready make a statement.”

via Ryan Woods of Fansided

I think Ryan was spot on with his prediction for Memphis.  I’ve seen a lot of media outlets predict a setback for Memphis, but with the additions of Jarnell Stokes, Vince Carter and Jordan Adams, this team got some major upgrades at their respective positions.

Grizzlies fans are surely in for another fun ride this season. For me, I’m just hoping it’s not as stressful as last season. I can tell you that I was on the edge of my seat from Mid-January until April when Marc Gasol made his return.

 

 

 

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