3 key players behind an unexpected Grizzlies playoff push

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A team that many expected to be in the cellar of the NBA now find themselves in a position for playoff basketball. Which three players have been key for the Memphis Grizzlies so far this season, and how will their roles contribute to a playoff push in the second half of the season?

The next generation in Memphis has arrived quickly, and with a huge impact on the national perception of what the Grizzlies can be now and in the future. Often called League Pass Darlings, the future behind a generational talent at point guard, and two players that both have star potential in Jaren Jackson Jr. and Brandon Clarke is brighter now than anyone could have expected so soon into what is an extensive rebuild.

Debates about what benefits the Grizzlies more in the long term aside, a weakened bottom half of the Western conference has put the young Grizz in a great position to attract more attention in the playoffs. Star power drives this league and national media attention, and several pieces of individual talent are making this rebuild tick far faster than anyone thought it could.

However, it would be incorrect to call this season anything less than a team effort from top to bottom. The development up and down the roster has been tangible, and many calling for the tank are now seeing a real possibility of these Grizzlies being a headache come time for postseason basketball. Real star power has been on display in Grind City this season, and here are 3 players that will be key for the Grizzlies in the second half of the season.