It’s time to sacrifice the short-term.
This probably won’t work out.
One day after benching Marc Gasol in the fourth quarter, the Memphis Grizzlies have fired their head coach, David Fizdale, in just his second season.
Grit and grind is dead, so it’s time to figure out what’s next for the Grizzlies.
Think of all the things Marc Gasol is great at, then toss in him shooting 39 percent from three-point range last season. What are we dealing with here?
Mike Conley is essentially the same player as Kyle Lowry, but slightly better. He’s just younger and more athletic. Oh, and he gets better in the playoffs.
No $20 million FA is worth Zach Randolph, Tony Allen & Vince Carter. There are also too many downsides to stretching Parsons. So, what can the Grizzlies do?
The Grizzlies getting another shooter in Chandler Parsons was crucial, but can he, Conley, and Gasol all be counted on to stay healthy? That’ll be the test.
Marc Gasol is the closest thing we’ve got to a modern version of arguably the greatest center of all time: Bill Walton. What else needs to be said, really?
LaMarcus Aldridge is ridiculously good at mid-range shots. Then there’s the fact that San Antonio plays to his pace. But what about his effort on defense?
Mike Conley is good at everything but great at nothing. That’s not a bad thing, it’s just what keeps him right here. His value cannot be overstated.
Ben Simmons comes in at No. 49 for all of the things he’ll be able to do right away. However, there are plenty of things he’ll need to improve upon.
The grand experiment is probably over, and while they went down quickly in the first round, the Memphis Grizzlies weren’t too far off from greatness.
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