Young Grizzlies Aim For Top 4 Seed November 6, 2012
Can Gasol and Favors lead the team to a top four seed?
The Memphis Grizzlies are off to a slow start so far in the season at just 1-2. While not expected to really make any noise this season considering the youth and inexperience on the roster, the team is setting some pretty high goals for itself.
"We don't just wanna make the playoffs," said Grizzlies GM Parka. "We're going for a top four seed in the conference this season."
With a salary at just over $40 million, the team is filled not just with players in their rookie contracts, but actual rookies. In fact, Harrison Barnes and Jeremy Lamb, the team's starting wings, are just rookies.
Even when appointing a new head coach, the team opted for a player development specialist in Tim Grgurich, a former assistant coach with no experience as a head coach,over other more worthy candidates.
"All signs point to the team being more of a developmental one over one that can make some noise in the playoffs," said one league executive. "I can see the team making the playoffs in a year or two, but not this year."
Still, it looks like the team remains optimistic, especially around their big man tandem of Marc Gasol and Derrick Favors, who will undoubtedly have to play like a top frontline pairing to meet the team's goals.
Isaiah Thomas / Jimmer Fredette / Scott Machado
Jeremy Lamb / Gerald Green
Harrison Barnes / Luke Babbit / Jordan Hamilton
Derrick Favors / Arnett Moultrie
Marc Gasol / Nikola Pekovic / Fab Melo
Yeah the issue is, there's a *lot* of teams in the league with a quality frontline, so it's not as much as an advantage as it first appears. I still think this is a lottery team this year, and don't see anything to indicate this is a Top 4 team.