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Memphis Grizzlies

It is a minor miracle Memphis avoided the bottom two spots in our rankings.
Despite having lottery talent, this group could get uncomfortably close to the luxury tax next year –the past on Chandler Parsons’ onerous deal. 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 protection this year and top-six policy the next, it’ll be redeemed in 2021 in case it hasn’t already conveyed.
Who is to say the Grizzlies will not be terrible in 2020-21?
But Memphis has at least uncovered a franchise anchor in 19-year-old Jaren Jackson Jr., who is almost solely responsible for this standing. The toughest task in rebuilding is adding celebrities, but the Grizzlies already appear to have found one. Jackson’s per-36-minute averages comprise 19.0 points, 6.5 rebounds, 1.9 cubes, 1.2 triples and 1.2 steals; that is unprecedented creation for an NBA freshman.
It would help if Jackson had more high-ceiling talent , but possibly Memphis could create a path to some this offseason. After shipping out Marc Gasol, the Grizzlies could cut the cable on the grit-and-grind age for great with a trade of Mike Conley, whose title bounced around plenty near the trade deadline.

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