1. Bismack Biyombo
When Shams Charania of The Athletic initially announced that the Grizzlies intended to sign veteran big man Bismack Biyombo back on October 28, many were seemingly underwhelmed by the notion that this championship-hopeful team opted to sign an aging veteran with limited upside to serve as a replacement option for franchise big Steven Adams.
However, since officially signing with the franchise on November 2, both with his play on the floor along with the unfortunate fate of some previously preferred rumored targets such as Robert Williams III, it would seem that this front office may have made the right decision after all.
Since being inserted into the starting lineup, Biyombo has been Adams-esque what with his astounding rebounding abilities and defensive efforts, and has posted impressive averages of 11.3 points, 12.0 rebounds (6.0 of which on the offensive side of the ball), 1.8 assists, and 1.3 blocks on 65.4 percent shooting from the field.
His impact on the Grizzlies goes far beyond just traditional counting stats, however, as the team as a whole boasts a 111 offensive rating and a 104 defensive rating while on the court (per Fantasy Labs).
Just recently, coach Taylor Jenkins went on to praise the veteran for his contributions during his newly established tenure with Memphis, referring to him in a recent press conference as “obviously an important player for us moving forward.”
Without question, Biyombo’s stock is rising at an exponential pace.