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  2. Fixed that for you. JaMychal was a solid starter last season. Tyreke is a starting level talent. Parsons has been a starter majority of his career. Chalmers and Ben have been starters most of their careers.
  3. Associating Parsons with faster pace after 3 knee surgeries is a stretch. Associating Tyreke with athleticism after his knee issues is a stretch. Associating Ben with switchable is a stretch. Associating Chalmers who has been out of the league for 18 months recovering from a torn achilles with shooting, scoring and playmaking is a stretch. These guys only check boxes if you want to blindly ignore their negatives. And no one is acting or pretending Tyreke and Parsons weren't elite athletes and high performing NBA players before their knee injuries. You are ignoring their injury history in your evaluation.
  4. LOL KBM didn't hack my account. Parsons and Tyreke are only 28yrs old and both have been cleared to play full contact in training camp. Rio is more iffy due to his age (31) but has been cleared for training camp too. None of those guys were available for training camp last season. Our roster has multiple legit ball-handlers (Parsons, Reke, Harrison) to help out Mike even if Rio is a no go. Why are people acting like Reke and Parsons were not high-level NBA players when healthy is beyond me. Why are people acting like Reke and Parsons skillsets are not exactly what the team has been needing for years is beyond me. Those two can ball and it has been PROVEN. Literally only doubt should be in the form of have they fully recovered from injury. If VC can hobble for 2 years then be a legit contributor at age 40 then i believe Reke and Parsons will be just fine. Yes, Ben is injured but it isn't a career threatening injury and he is only 24yrs old. Although he disappointed relative to being a lottery pick, last season he still would've been our 6th most productive player according to last years stats! 1. Mike 2. Marc 3. Zbo 4. JaM 5. Tony 6 . Vince 7.Ennis You think Ben wouldn't have been a top 8 player? Ennis scored 6.7ppg in 23mpg while Ben scored 8.1ppg in 19mpg. Fine McLemore hasn't overly impressed but that still doesn't mean he isn't one of the top talents on OUR team. You are incorrect in your objection to my reasoning. No where in my statements did i say that we could not he an elite defense or good rebounding team. I just pointed out that losing tony will not stop us from being a great defensive team. I also do not know what your definition of a "winner" is. If you are saying in order to win the championship we need elite defense then you are correct. If you are saying just having a winning record then a team doesn't need an elite defense. Most teams just need solid defense and a good offense to become a playoff team. Let me define Playmaker for you since you undervalue it so much.http://bleacherreport.com/articles/2690988-nba-metrics-101-the-best-playmakers-in-the-nba-according-to-the-numbers "we'll define playmakers as those who can either create their own offense or help others score." Nowadays if we want to compete we need a more dynamic offense which is easier to accomplish with multiple playmakers. As the playoffs has shown us for YEARS its too easy to stop a team that has only one true playmaker and only a couple of guys that can create their own shots. Our roster NOW has 4 guys that have proven ability to create their own shots: Mike, Reke, Parsons and Rio. Our roster also now has 5 guys that are proven threats to score big: Mike, Reke, Parsons, Rio and Gasol. I agree we may suffer in the rebounding department but i disagree that it will be a defining factor in our playoff chase. We were 24th last year. http://stats.nba.com/teams/traditional/?sort=REB&dir=-1 Bos was 27th, MIL was 29th, Tor was 18th, SAS was 11th. Den was 2nd, Chi was 3rd, Det was 4th so apparently all that awesome rebounding translated to playoff berths. I swear some of you all just want to whine and be pessimistic no matter what we do. Personally speaking JaMychal, Parsons, Ben, Rio, and Tyreke, are EXACTLY the types of players skill and talent-wise that i wanted us to have on this team with the CORE for years. Wayne, Davis, Rade, and Brooks are exactly the type of young players i wanted us to invest in from a talent standpoint. The OP based made his evaluation with the stipulation of "injury concers". On paper he is right - this is a much more versatile and athletic team capable of playing high-level offense AND defense.
  5. You seem to associate logjam with depth. I do not. The Grizzlies have depth on the wings but don't have a logjam. There is open competition at the 2 guard not a logjam. There are many players capable of playing multiple positions such as Evans, Harrison, Chalmers, Parsons and Zagorac. Not a logjam. There is a sparse amount of bigs (Gasol, Davis, Wright, Rabb) but the anticipation of Green being signed and in camp soon. Honestly I would describe our problem as less of a logjam and more of a sparseness of quality. The Grizzlies have numerous solid players and no true NBA starters outside of Gasol and Conley. To me a logjam would be 4-5 centers who can't play any other position. A logjam would be 4-5 Point Guards who are limited playing SG. I don't see a logjam being mutltiple players capable of playing multiple positions (and regretably for multiple teams). The Grizzlies have players capable of playing multiple positions. Unfortunately they haven't proven they can remain healthy or have talent to excel in these roles. If there is a logjam issue with this team it will be fighting for a spot on the training table.
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  7. What happened? When did KBM hack your account? No, I didn't say anything like that. Those guys don't check many boxes at all. I'm still not sure about Evans, but I have some hope. You value playmaking way too high. Rebounding is a far more valuable skill. Rebounding is about getting possession of the basketball. You cannot make plays without the ball. Your defense will stink and you will wear out your defenders if you cannot rebound on the defensive end. How many poor rebounding teams win? You are incorrect in your reasoning. We needed elite defense and rebounding to be a winner. Every team needs those two qualities to challenge. True, we did not have the scoring options that some other teams have, but we embraced the ones we did and forced teams to play on our terms. You seem to want to play the same style of basketball the rest of the league is trying to play, but unless you have equal quality players as the elite teams (which we do not) you will lose. If you cannot compete with the elite at their own game, you have to make a different game and make your competitors uncomfortable and force them to play it. One last thing. If you read the title of this thread you will see that the idea is that there are few flaws in this team. I will greatly dispute that foolish assumption.
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