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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3. Adding versatility

Memphis must figure out their fifth starter. They will add another lottery pick to their mix, but starting a rookie and contending usually do not mix. The pressure is on the Grizzlies to add multiple pieces this summer as they attempt to fortify their roster.

Ja Morant and Marcus Smart are both undersized guards. If Desmond Bane plays the three, the 6’5 wing won’t be considered massive. Adding a traditional center to their mix could create a host of issues, but it gives them plus size in the frontcourt and a fighting chance to be a strong defensive team.

The Grizzlies need trusted 3-and-D wings too. GG Jackson has the size, but how many minutes can they count on the 20-year-old for next season? He produced a negative value over replacement player (VORP) as a rookie. 2022 second-round draft pick Vince Williams showed flashes this season but is only 6’4. The Grizzlies desperately need a Dillion Brooks replacement to round out their roster. Brooks was not the perfect fit, but his defense and size were crucial to the team’s success.

The return of Brandon Clarke should help in this area. The 6’8 forward is back after missing over a year with a torn Achilles. If he can regain his explosiveness and athleticism, Clarke will play a key role for the Grizzlies next season. None of it matters if they do not put the right pieces in place, though.