3 Grizzlies role players that must be held onto beyond 2023-24

Mar 10, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins watches his
Mar 10, 2024; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA; Memphis Grizzlies head coach Taylor Jenkins watches his / Alonzo Adams-USA TODAY Sports
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After two straight 50-plus win seasons and consecutive Northwest Division titles, the Memphis Grizzlies find themselves zeroing in on the conclusion of a 2023-24 campaign where they'll wrap up with their first sub-.500 record and first playoff-less finish since 2019-20.

From suspensions to a plethora of key player injuries, Taylor Jenkins' squad has endured a substantial amount of hardship throughout the year and, as a result, has fallen well short of preseason expectations.

Yet, despite their struggles, this season has still provided fans with a number of reasons to continue tuning in, with perhaps the biggest influence being the diamonds in the rough type of talents that have emerged from the rubble.

Role players Grizzlies must hold onto beyond the 2023-24 season

From GG Jackson to Vince Williams Jr., there have been an enviable number of talents who have gone on to establish themselves as notable contributors within Memphis' rotation. Unfortunately, outside of the aforementioned players, none have managed to earn job security beyond this season.

From two-way singings to expiring deals, there are several role players currently on this Grizzlies roster who are far from guaranteed to return next year though, based on their production and potential, deserve to be held onto.

3. Trey Jemison

With the current state of their center position, Trey Jemison is someone who absolutely warrants consideration by the front office to be brought back beyond this year.

Though far from a ready-made talent, the rookie big possesses both the size (6-foot-10, 260 pounds) and strength that this Grizzlies team sorely lacks down low, and, considering he's only in his rookie season, he still has ample time to properly develop his raw skills.

Since initially joining on with Memphis back in late January, the 25-year-old has already run through two 10-day contract and, now, is playing through a two-way pact with the franchise.

Through 16 games played, Jemison has showcased an ability to serve as a sturdy force down in the interior on both ends of the floor and, logging 21.8 minutes a night, is boasting averages of 7.0 points, 4.7 rebounds, and 1.0 blocks while shooting at a highly efficient clip of 59.0 percent from the field.

While no one should expect him to develop into becoming the future of the pivot position for this team, the big has proven capable of providing solid contributions on both ends of the floor and, with this coupled with the clear instability of their five spot and their understanding of just how vital depth is, even beyond his contract's 50-game eligibility the Grizzlies should strongly consider re-upping with his services.