Hi guys, resident nba expert checking in. Are the grizz legit contenders? While i believe the spurs thuder clippers an heat are better teams, could it be the grizz can matchup well v all these teams? Their punishing frontcourt definitely presents matchup issues for the heat who have fallen in love with small ball... The spurs also have a shaky frontcourt... Thunders bigs are overrated defenders and the clips bigs are terrible defensively. Of course its not all about the bigs though, grizz 3pt denial/defense isnt superb, a mak. Weapon in the arsenal of the thunder spurs and hear... Also you di have to ask whether a team whose best wing player is rudy gay can actually compete for a title. Grizz are 2nd in league in defensive efficiency, and 16th in offense.
I like the Grizzlies, but a title contender? Probably not.
They will get rid of one of the trio of Gasol/Randolph/Gay before the deadline. I'd guess Gay is gone.
Their backcourt isn't special (Conley is good, but is he a Paul, Westbrook, Rondo type of impact player?).
This day in the NBA, having a dominant froncourt with a average backcourt at best may be good to get you past the 1st round, but I don't think they get past the 2nd round.
Now, if they keep the trio together this season, there is a CHANCE depending on matchups. But even if they do, I don't see them getting into the NBA Finals. WC Finals MAYBE.