After a breakout season in 2022, the Memphis Grizzlies continue to be a force in the Western Conference. Through their first 13 games, they sit in second place with a record of 9-4.
There are many reasons why the Memphis Grizzlies continue to surge, but one thing stands out most. That being the phenomenal play from their starting backcourt.
Ja Morant and Desmond Bane have steadily gotten better during their careers but have taken a massive step forward so far this season. Especially Bane, who is an early frontrunner for Most Improved Player. The former 30th overall pick is posting averages of 24.7 PPG, 4.9 RPG, and 4.8 APG.
Earlier this week, Bills Simmons had Chris Vernon join him on his podcast to discuss multiple topics around the league. However, he started things off by stating that he feels Morant and Bane have taken the title of the NBA’s top backcourt duo.
“I think Ja and Bane have the torch now for best backcourt,” said Simmons. “I think they have the championship belts. Just day-to-day reliability, talent, performance, I feel like they have the torch.”
Memphis Grizzlies guards started to get league-wide recognition
Following their impressive start to the season, many around the Memphis Grizzlies began talking about where the backcourt stands across the league. Ja Morant even recently spoke out and said he feels he and Bane deserve the top spot. That being said, instances like this are proof that they are starting to put the NBA on notice.
Bill Simmons is someone who has diligently covered the NBA for some time now. Given all the basketball he consumes on the daily, him making a claim like this is a testament to Morant and Bane’s play.
There is no telling if the Memphis Grizzlies guards will be able to keep this up, but if they do, it will be hard not to crown them the top backcourt duo in the league right now.