The Memphis Grizzlies have made three consecutive playoff appearances, but they have won just one postseason series. Memphis had the second-best regular season record in the Western Conference for the second straight year before being bounced in the first round of the playoffs by the Lakers. It was a disappointing end to a promising season for the Grizzlies.
Changes must be made if Memphis plans on taking another step next season. Reports suggest Dillon Brooks will not return (subscription required), and the Grizzlies will be looking for an upgrade on the wing. They also need depth and shooting around superstar Ja Morant.
There was plenty to take away from the 2022-23 season, so who improved their value and where does Memphis need to find an upgrade?
Memphis Grizzlies that earned untouchable status: 3. Tyus Jones
Jones has become the best backup point guard in the league, and he continues to improve. The 27-year-old averaged new career-highs in minutes, points, assists, and rebounds per game. He is under contract for $14 million next season before becoming an unrestricted free agent in 2024.
Jones is even more valuable backing up Ja Morant. The two-time All-Star has averaged just 62 games per season through his first four years. That makes Jones a starter for 20 games per year, and a valuable backup for the remainder of the year. His ability to organize the offense, space the floor, and make plays makes him a valuable asset that could start for other NBA organizations.
The Memphis Grizzlies need Tyus Jones, and the six-foot point guard is just entering his prime. Expect him to be even better next season as he looks to help his team make a deep playoff run.