If you love fantasy basketball, you’ll love the Memphis Grizzlies roster next season. They’ve managed to keep their roster from last year as well as grabbing some nice additions via the free agency and NBA Draft.
First off, let’s just take a quick look at how their roster is looking so far:
At point guard, they have Mike Conley, Beno Udrih and Nick Calathes.
At shooting guard, they have Courtney Lee, Tony Allen, Jamaal Franklin and Jordan Adams.
At small forward, they have Tayshaun Prince, Vince Carter and Quincy Pondexter.
At power forward, they have Zach Randolph, Jon Leuer and Jarnell Stokes.
At center, they have Marc Gasol and Kosta Koufos.
Next, let’s take a closer look at their wing players and what they can offer to your fantasy team.
Memphis’ Wing Players
Courtney Lee has been bouncing from team to team in his career. Last year, he started with the Boston Celtics, but was traded to the Memphis Grizzlies halfway through the season. Although he didn’t have a big role in Boston, Memphis gave him that opportunity. He averaged 11.0 points per game, 2.8 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists per game, 0.4 blocks per game and 0.9 steals per game with the Grizzlies. He should have the same role next season and should see an increase in his stats. He would make for a good flex player on your team, bringing you practically everything as far as stats.
Tony Allen is another player that would make for a good flex player. Last year he averaged 9.0 points per game, 3.8 rebounds per game, 1.7 assists per game and 1.6 steals per game. He has a good field goal percentage and brings you good stats defensively.
Jordan Adams is going to be a great player for the Grizzlies. They drafted him with the 22nd pick in the draft and got to see him play in the summer league in Vegas. He averaged 14.8 points per game, 3.4 rebounds per game and 2.4 assists per game in the summer league. Depending on how big of a role he gets this season, he could be a good player for your bench. If given a big enough role, he will be capable of bringing you great statistics.
Tayshaun Prince has been in this league for a while now. He continues to be a great role player. He’s the kind of player you would like on your bench because he consistently gets the time needed to contribute. Last season he averaged 6.0 points per game, 3.1 rebounds per game, 1.6 assists per game and 0.5 steals per game. He will most likely be sharing time with Vince Carter next season.
Vince Carter is the newest addition to the Memphis Grizzlies. He spent last season with the Dallas Mavericks and averaged 11.9 points per game, 3.5 rebounds per game, 2.6 assists per game, 0.4 blocks per game and 0.8 steals per game. He’s a stat-sheet stuffer that brings a lot to a fantasy team.
Mike Conley has been the Grizzlies’ starting point guard for years now. He knows the system and continues to shine in it. Last season he posted a career-high in points per game with 17.2 and will most likely see another increase in that category. He also averaged 2.9 rebounds per game, 6.0 assists per game and 1.5 steals per game. He shoots well from both the free throw line (82%) and the three-point line (36%).
In my opinion, Conley has the ability to average 20 points and 10 assists per game next season. He’s a great player and has the trust of the coaches and his teammates. With a little more hard work, he could be one of the top fantasy point guards in the league. However, don’t hesitate to take him as your starting point guard next year in fantasy basketball.
Marc Gasol is another player who has been part of the Memphis core for a while. He has been quite consistent for the past three years, but is capable of doing even better next season. Last year he averaged 14.6 points per game, 7.2 rebounds per game, 3.6 assists per game, 1.3 blocks per game and 1.0 steals per game.
Gasol is no doubt worthy of being a starting center for your fantasy team. He scores well, rebounds well, has a good field goal percentage and is great defensively bringing you both blocks and steals. I believe he could average around 17 points, 9 rebounds and 4 assists next season while bringing you a block and a steal per game. Like Conley, don’t hesitate to put him into a starting role on your fantasy team.
Zach Randolph is probably the most consistent scorer on the Grizzlies’ roster and also the player that scores the most on the roster. In addition to that, he is the leading rebounder on the team. Last year, he averaged 17.4 points per game, 10.1 rebounds per game, 2.5 assists per game, 0.3 blocks per game and 0.7 steals per game. He also shot 47 percent from the field and 74 percent from the free throw line.
Like Conley and Gasol, Randolph is more than worthy to be a starting power forward on a fantasy team. He brings you everything you need from a power forward. A double-double is hard to pass up come draft day. He will most likely average around the same numbers as last year, if not more points and rebounds. If I could choose one player to definitely grab on the Grizzlies, it would be Zach Randolph.
To wrap it all up, Memphis has a stacked team next year in terms of fantasy basketball. If it is possible, I wouldn’t hesitate to grab Mike Conley, Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph as starters for my team. They are consistent, the core of the team and bring you everything as far as statistics go.
Aside from their core, they have a lot of great role players that would fit nicely as backups or for your bench in case your starters have the day off. Come draft day, make sure to take a look at Memphis’ roster. They won’t disappoint.