Key Additions: Mike Miller, Kosta Koufus, Nick Calathes
Key Departures: O.J. Mayo
Last season the Memphis Grizzlies showed why defense is just as good as if not better than offense. They preformed so well that Marc Gasol actually received the defensive player of the year award and the Grizzlies actually set a franchise record with a 102.3 defensive rating. The offense however was a completely different story. Dealing their leading scorer in Rudy Gay mid season was a deal which seemed to essentially be a salary dump but which ended up returning some really nice pieces. Their offense was something which really held them back last season and even with it sputtering so horribly they managed to make it all the way to the western conference finals.
This season the Grizzlies will be looking to continue their stellar defensive play while integrating a new coach and offensive system as well as several key new players. The Grizzlies managed to bring back all of their key defensive pieces so it should be easy for them, even under a new coach, to maintain the status quo on that side of the ball. Their new coach however will be somewhat of a wild card as this is his first head coaching job at this level. Promoting Dave Joerger was probably the biggest off season move that Grizzlies made. He is looking to up the tempo of the Memphis attack and hopefully kick start a woefully preforming offense. To aid in this attempt to re-infuse Memphis with offense is Mike Miller who is returning to Memphis to give them some scoring which they desperately need. His ability to consistently knock down the perimeter shot will give the Grizzlies some much needed floor space which will allow Gasol and Zach Randolph more room to operate.
Overall the ability to play top five style defense will make anyone a very good team and the outlook for Memphis is no different. The problem is even though Memphis brought in some pieces to help their offense Miller cannot be counted on to stay healthy for any significant period of time. Pieces beyond Miller are wildcards at best as really no one knows to expect from Nick Calathes and Kosta Koufus is predominantly here to help as a sub. Overall Memphis is going to once again be a great defensive team held back by its offense.