Grizzlies Becoming Western Conference Powerhouse?

Are the Grizzlies Ready for Title-Contender Talks?

11/17/12 in NBA   |   Andrew_Ericksen   |   230 respect

Nov 16, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies forward Zach Randolph (50) drives to the basket in the first quarter against the New York Knicks at the FedEx Forum. Mandatory Credit: Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE3. Keeping the Balance
 
While Gay and Randolph carry the scoring load, the Grizzlies’ other three starters fill similarly important roles, giving the team a much-needed balance that’s only gotten better over the past few years.
 
Mike Conley is there to set the offense and create havoc for opposing point guards with his quick hands.
 
Marc Gasol is reliable on both sides of the court and one of the league’s best passing big men.
 
And Tony Allen is a lock-down wing defender that’s always up for a new challenge.
 
All in all, there are few teams in the league that can put together such a balance as the Grizzlies can.
 
4. Remember 2011 and 2004
 
Of the four major American sports leagues, the NBA is far and away the easiest to predict on a season-by-season basis.  Playoffs aren’t dictated by the same momentum swings or one-game-elimination scenarios in the NBA and the last team standing is usually one of about three to four teams most NBA fans could have predicted at the season’s start.  Except for in 2011 and 2004.
 
The Mavericks and Pistons are the two biggest anomalies of the NBA in the 21st century, maybe even since the early 80s even.  More-so Detroit because they didn’t have a Nowitzki-caliber scorer, but both teams were under the radar in Championship contender discussions and then went on to play star-studded teams in the finals, where it was the team with the better chemistry that came out on top of the team with the bigger names.
 
Will the Grizzlies win the NBA Championship this year?  No.  Well, maybe but I wouldn’t put too much money on it at least.  What I do think is that they’ll finish with over 50 wins, notch a top 4 seed in the West, advance to the second, maybe even third round, and not go down without a fight.
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