3 potential Memphis Grizzlies starting lineups without Dillon Brooks

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The Memphis Grizzlies could plug in their swiss-army knife at the small forward position in Dillon Brooks’ absence

This is the lineup that I would have expected to see in the Grizzlies’ first preseason game. It’s a lineup without any surprises and based on last season, the most logical lineup moving forward. Here’s what it looks like.

  • Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, Kyle Anderson, Jaren Jackson Jr., Steven Adams

The big difference here between this lineup and the one on the previous slide in the presence of Kyle Anderson, who played more frequently at the power forward spot last season than he did at the small forward spot.

Still, Anderson is somewhat of a swiss-army knife as a player, capable of playing virtually any position between shooting guard and power forward. Last year, Anderson had one of his best seasons shooting the basketball at 36%, so the Grizzlies’ three-point shooting won’t take too much of a hit with this lineup.

Compared to a lineup with Melton in the starting five, this one will give Memphis a size advantage as opposed to a size disadvantage. At 6’9″ with a reported 7’3″ wingspan, Kyle Anderson is capable of playing big, but possesses the playmaking abilities and shooting abilities to be a small-ball guy too.

This is the most versatile Memphis Grizzlies lineup possible.