We’ve reached the first team that could win a ring this year without completely shocking the people: the Memphis Grizzlies.
Rest guaranteed a championship for the Grizzlies, who barely made it to the postseason last season with a list of 50-32 (the 17th reminder the West is loaded), could be a surprise. Zach Randolph is 33, and Mike Miller, a key floor-spacing shot in the past year’s underwhelming offense, followed LeBron James to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Scoring, as always, will probably be a problem for the Grizz.
But this team is going to defend like mad, particularly with a slimmed-down Marc Gasol patrolling the midst forward of the 2015 free agency. Toss in Tony Allen, the NBA’s funniest perimeter stopper, and you’ve got the key components to get a league-best defense.
Vince Carter remains a precious wing defender who will conduct a pick-and-roll and hit the occasional three, and Mike Conley is a playoff-tested fighter who just keeps getting better.
And remember, we have seen this Grizzlies core knock off the San Antonio Spurs, Los Angeles Clippers and Oklahoma City Thunder in playoff show within the previous four years. Nobody scares Memphis in the postseason.
If the Grizzlies can remain healthy and Gasol puts a big year, they are a dark-horse contender.
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