2017 NBA Draft preview: Memphis Grizzlies

2017 NBA Draft preview: Memphis Grizzlies
Memphis Grizzlies center Marc Gasol, right, celebrates with guard Andrew Harrison after making a three-point basket during the second half of an NBA basketball game against the Chicago Bulls, in Chicago. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

NBA.com draft preview by Fran Blinebury

2017 Draft picks: none
2016-17 record: 43-39, third place in the Southwest division, lost in the first round to SAS

Areas of Strength

In the era of pace-and-space, flying up and down the court style, they remain a throwback to the different time relying on the long-time core of Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph. The latter will likely be re-signed as a free agent and the Grizzlies will keep pounding opponents on the inside. If Chandler Parsons could ever stay healthy, he could be the spark that’s needed to lift the offense out of the mediocre range.

Needs Work

It’s the old familiar song that’s been sung for what seems the days when Elvis was still taking up residence in Memphis — the Grizzlies need perimeter shooting. Coach David Fizdale has them shooting the long ball more, but they could really use a bomber from the wings.

Two Stats That Matter

92.3 -- The Grizzlies’ pace of play number ranks 28th in the NBA and that means they’re not only failing to maximize their offensive chances, but also making trips down the floor too difficult out of their set offense too often.

43.5 -- One of Dr. Naismith’s basic rules of the game was to put the ball into the basket. The Grizzlies simple don’t do it efficiently enough, ranking dead last in the league in shooting percentage.

2016-17 Team Stats (points per 100 possessions, with NBA rank) 
Offensive: 104.7 (19th)
Defensive: 104.5 (7th)

Under Contract 
G: Wade Baldin IV
G: Mike Conley
G: Troy Daniels
G: Andrew Harrison
G: Wayne Selden
F: Deyonta Davis
F: Jarell Martin
F: Chandler Parsons
F: Brandan Wright
C: Marc Gasol

Free Agents
G/F: Tony Allen (unrestricted)
G/F: Vince Carter (unrestricted)
F: JaMychal Green (restricted)
F: Zach Randolph (unrestricted)

Recent Draft History

2016: Wade Baldwin IV (17); Wang Zhelin (57)
2015: Jarell Martin (25)
2014: Jordan Adams (22)
2013: Jamaal Franklin (41); Joffrey Lauvergne (55), traded to Nuggets.
2012: Tony Wroten (25)

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