2019 Memphis Grizzlies Depth Chart
|Point Guard||Ja Morant||12||Tyus Jones||1|
|Shooting Guard||Dillon Brooks||24||Grayson Allen||3||De'Anthony Melton||14|
|Small Forward||Jae Crowder||99||Bruno Caboclo||5||Solomon Hill||44|
|Power Forward||Jaren Jackson Jr.||13||Kyle Anderson||1||Brandon Clarke||15|
|Center||Jonas Valanciunas||17||Miles Plumlee||18|
The Memphis Grizzlies head into the 2018-19 campaign hoping to put both last season and last season’s injuries in the rear-view mirror. They finished 22-60 and missed the playoffs for the first time in seven-straight seasons. Memphis was riddled with injuries last year, starting with point guard Mike Conley who missed 70 games, as they had only one player of the 24 that saw minutes for them last year appear in all 82 games. Marc Gasol played the second-most games for the team, 73, but consistently appeared on the injury report last season as well. In a very uncharacteristic move, the Grizzlies had to battle through coaching turmoil mid-season as the team elected to fire head coach David Fizdale and they replaced him with interim head coach J.B. Bickerstaff. Bickerstaff will take over as the head coach for the team this year and will be looking to get things back on track. The Grizzlies went out and acquired Kyle Anderson, Garrett Temple, Shelvin Mack, and Omri Casspi in free agency to go along with their number four pick Jaren Jackson Jr. and their second-round pick Jevon Carter. Losing Tyreke Evans as an offensive threat could end up hurting them in the long run but they added several players in the offseason that perfectly fit their team’s identity.
J.B. Bickerstaff should be elated to get Mike Conley back to run his offense after being forced to start Mario Chalmers, Andrew Harrison, and Kobi Simmons at times last season. The oft-injured point guard only appeared in 12 games for Memphis last season after suffering a foot injury. Conley, when healthy, is one of the most underrated point guards in the league and brings it on both ends of the floor. He enjoyed the best season of his career in 2016-17 when he averaged 20.5 points per game and he shot 40.8 percent from beyond-the-arc and 46 percent from the floor overall. J.B. Bickerstaff will actually have some veteran experience behind Conley this season, should injuries be an issue once again, as they brought in Shelvin Mack to run the second unit. Jevon Carter will be a name to keep an eye on this season if Mack struggles and he brings the prototypical “Grit-n-Grind” playstyle to the floor. Memphis is pretty weak at the SG position this season with Wayne Selden projected to start but veteran Garrett Temple could overtake Selden early in camp and would add another defensive presence to the starting lineup that shot 39.2 percent from three-point range last season.
With Kyle Anderson coming to town, Dillon Brooks will move to the bench alongside Omri Casspi, making the small forward position one of their strengths. Anderson is limited as a shooter, although he did shoot 52.7 percent from the floor last season, but he is a dynamic and smart playmaker that is excellent on the defensive end of the floor. Brooks averaged 11 points in 28.7 minutes per game last season but showed himself to be a playmaker and someone that can lead the second unit this season. Omri Casspi struggled in Golden State last season but has perennially been a reliable scorer and should add value to this team at both the small forward position.
JaMychal Green adds some decent scoring to the team and is someone that can stretch the floor and he will have fourth-round draft pick Jaren Jackson Jr. pushing him for the starting role. Green’s offensive numbers have increased each season and he has added three-point shooting to his game over the last two years. He averaged a career-high 10.3 points and 8.4 rebounds per game for the Grizzlies last season. Jaren Jackson Jr. is an absolute stud that will be a cornerstone for the Grizzlies in the future and he brings a dynamic offensive game to the floor and is an excellent shot blocker on the defensive end of the floor. Jackson gave the Grizzlies and their fans plenty to look forward to during Summer League and will look to build off that through camp and the regular season. Memphis also has Chandler Parsons as depth at both power forward and small forward, if he can ever get healthy, so they are loaded at the forward position. Marc Gasol once again anchors the Grizzlies in the paint and is one of the best passers in the league. He will be backed up by Ivan Rabb who has yet to see significant minutes for the team but averaged 5.6 points and 4.4 rebounds in 14.3 minutes per game last season.