Memphis Grizzlies: 3 most underrated players in franchise history

Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /
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Memphis Grizzlies
Mike Miller, Memphis Grizzlies (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images) /

The Memphis Grizzlies don’t have an NBA Championship quite yet. As the league’s youngest franchise, they have a better excuse than some other teams *cough* Nuggets *cough*.

The Grizzlies do, however, have plenty of star players in their team’s history. A few that come to mind are Pau Gasol, Marc Gasol, Mike Conley, Zach Randolph, and even Ja Morant on the 2021 squad. But today, I’m not talking about players who are considered the best of all time. Instead, I’ll be making a short list of the most underrated players in franchise history.

These are players who likely received some level of recognition, but are largely forgotten about by the NBA world. Thankfully, the Grizzlies’ have more than a handful of these players.

Underrated Memphis Grizzlies, Player No. 3: Mike Miller

When you think of Mike Miller, what thoughts come into your head. Most will think of him as a reliable shooter whose playstyle was too early to truly succeed. He’s remembered for his time with the Miami Heat, where he won two NBA Championships. In Miami, Miller never averaged more than 6.1 points, so he’s generally thought of as a reserve player.

The part that is forgotten about, however, is the fact that Miller was a true NBA star with the Memphis Grizzlies. The man averaged at least 11 points per game in every season, and in his final year with the Grizz, he earned the NBA’s Sixth Man of the Year.

During that 2006-07 season, Miller averaged 18.5 points, 4.3 assists, and 5.4 rebounds. He did this while shooting over 40% from the three-point line.

If you placed Mike Miller in the modern NBA with his skill set, he’d be one of the best players in the league.