Predicting the Grizzlies' perfect starting lineup after ideal offseason

If Memphis pulls off a dream offseason, this is what their starting lineup could look like on opening night.
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Small forward: Desmond Bane

The second-most available of the Grizzlies' stars this past season, Desmond Bane had a fantastic individual campaign. While shooting right around his career average, Bane put up career-bests of 23.7 points per game and 5.5 assists. He was one of Memphis' most consistent producers when he was able to be on the floor, and he continued proving what kind of ceiling-raiser he can be for this group going forward.

If you want proof, look no further than his career-high 49 points against the Pistons on December 6. In a game without Ja Morant on the floor, Bane took over and showed his offensive proficiency against Detroit, knocking down 19 of 31 shots en route to a victory. In total, Desmond logged 11 games with at least 30 points out of the 42 he played in last season.

There should be zero question that Morant will have a reliable option next to him going forward that can produce points when asked to. Bane had his own share of injury troubles this past season, but by all accounts he should should be ready to go at the start of next season. The Grizzlies have a long-term fixture in Desmond Bane.