5 Keys to the Memphis Grizzlies making the playoffs in 2025

The Grizzlies must do these things to return to the postseason in 2025.

Memphis Grizzlies, Ja Morant, Desmond Bane
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4. Rebounding

The Grizzlies were one of the best rebounding teams in the NBA in 2023, but have slipped mightily this season. They went from second to 24th in total rebounds and eighth to 25 in rebound percentage. Morant is a strong rebounding guard, but the injury and subsequent trade of Steven Adams has more to do with it.

Jaren Jackson Jr. has been forced to play more center this season. His scoring, assists, steals, and minutes have reached new career highs, but his shooting, shot-blocking, and boards have dropped off. JJJ averages just 5.5 rebounds per game. The Grizzlies will be small around Jackson Jr. with Ja Morant, Marcus Smart, and Desmond Bane in the backcourt. Can Memphis survive with that lack of rebounding?

They have always wanted a big man next to JJJ, and the Grizzlies likely shop for one this summer. They need someone who gobbles up rebounds and guards the opposition’s center. It will allow Jackson Jr. to roam and create havoc.

Nobody on the Grizzlies current roster averages more than 5.8 rebounds per game. That is unsustainable if they plan on contending in 2025. Adams nearly doubled that every game with Morant and JJJ topping it in 2023. Memphis must find an elite rebounder or giving up extra possessions will sink them in the loaded West.