It is a minor miracle Memphis prevented the bottom two spots in our rankings.
Despite having lottery talent, this group could become uncomfortably close to the luxury tax next year –the past on Chandler Parsons’ onerous thing. What’s worse, this group has an outgoing first-rounder hanging over its head. While the selection owed to the Boston Celtics has top-eight security this year and top-six policy the next, it is going to be unprotected in 2021 if it has not already conveyed.
Who is to say the Grizzlies won’t be terrible in 2020-21?
But Memphis has uncovered a franchise anchor in 19-year-old Jaren Jackson Jr., who is almost solely responsible for this particular ranking. The toughest task in rebuilding is adding stars, but the Grizzlies currently appear to have found one. Jackson’s per-36-minute averages include 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 blocks, 1.2 triples and 1.2 steals; that is unprecedented production for an NBA freshman.
It might help if Jackson had more high-ceiling talent around him, but maybe Memphis could make a path to some this offseason. After shipping out Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies could cut the cord on the grit-and-grind era for great with a commerce of Mike Conley, whose title bounced around a lot near the trade deadline.

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