3 potential Memphis Grizzlies starting lineups without Dillon Brooks

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The Memphis Grizzlies, despite being a young team with a handful of moving parts, have a relatively consistent starting lineup. When everybody is healthy, the Grizz starting five generally looks something like this:

  • Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

The only new face in that lineup compared to last season would be Steven Adams, who will be filling in for Jonas Valanciunas. That said, Adams doesn’t have much competition for the starting spot. Xavier Tillman Sr. is a great center, but his role is effective and efficient off of the bench — there’s no reason to start the second-year small-ball center over a veteran big like Adams.

Changes could be on the horizon for the Memphis Grizzlies in 2021

The lineup seems pretty simple, right? Wrong.

While that may have seemed like an obvious starting five for the Grizzlies originally, an injury to starting wing Dillon Brooks may complicate things. The former Oregon Duck has a fracture in his hand that has kept him out of preseason play and will keep him out for at least another 2-3 weeks.

This, along with a few other factors, opens up the Grizzlies’ starting five like a coconut.

Today, I’m going to go over three potential starting lineups that Memphis could use in Dillon Brooks’ absence, starting with a familiar choice.