With NBA Training Camp set to open in just a week, we’re officially at the edge of a new NBA season — and the Grizzlies finally (officially) introduced us to their summer crop of new players. They are:
- Kyle Anderson (RFA via San Antonio)
- Garrett Temple (Traded to Memphis from Sacramento for Deyonta Davis and Ben McLemore
- Shelvin Mack (UFA from Orlando)
- Omri Casspi (UFA from Golden State)
With a focus on long, versatile, high hoops IQ players, the Grizzlies hope to return to playoff contention. They’re also doubling down on the team’s “Grit and Grind” identity – looking to reimagine its defense-first mentality in the pace-n-space NBA. Should be fun.
If the team can make it through the season without any serious injuries, then this Grizzlies team figure to be extraordinarily deep — in his remarks, Grizz coach JB Bickerstaff said with a straight face that this roster could go “12-13 deep.”
That depth itself could become a weapon — wearing teams down with fresh legs, while protecting stars Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Jaren Jackson Jr. by limiting their minutes. Hubie Brown once deployed the 10 man rotation in this city; I don’t see JB swapping out five guys at a time, but if he did, he would be doing so with guys who should have little dropoff in production.
Anyway, here are a few clips from yesterday’s introduction. And I’ll have more after Media Day next week. Enjoy!