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    SI's Top 100 players for the '21-'22 season

    That seems to be right. He did finally have a breakout year, but seemingly not enough to warrant top 100.
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    Roster/ Lineups Forecast

    I'd say you're exactly right. I like Merrill, but we need a third PG, which is why I think Dunn sticks around.
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    Grizzly starters to begin the season?

    I'm not worried about Jaren's shooting. In 2019-20 he only shot 25% on 28 attempts through his first 8 games. He finished the year at 39.4% on 368 attempts. He'll be fine. He was rusty, which makes sense. He is also someone that has to respected from deep.
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    Grizzly starters to begin the season?

    The idea that JV "stretched the floor" needs to stop. He took 57 3s in 62 games, and shot all of 36%. He didn't stretch the floor at all, most defenders didn't bother to contest his shot or a super soft closeout at best. For comparison, Jaren took 60 3s in 11 games. Tillman doesn't really bring anything that Adams doesn't have, outside of a semi-respectable outside shot. In theory they both bring good defense, but Adams is a far better rebounder, both are decent passers for their position. I'm certainly not opposed to Tillman playing, but I just don't see him playing over Adams. I think you are right though in your assessment with Tillman and Jaren switchability. Tillman has enough lateral movement to keep up with most 4s, and enough strength to matchup with most 5s. If Brandon can improve his rebounding, I still think he's the best match with Jaren in the frontcourt. He's the best defender among the 3 (Adams, Tillman, Brandon), and Jaren's presence really opens up the court for Brandon to do work on offense, which is what he was missing so much from last year. If he can get his 3 point shooting back to a reasonable spot , that will help as well.
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    Grizzly starters to begin the season?

    Bane is not taking away shots from anyone. His usage rate is 16.1% (14th out of 18 on the team). He's a classic 4th or 5th option with a 60% true shooting percentage. He's pretty much just a catch and shoot guy. He's not a terrible defender, certainly no worse than JV was last year, not much worse if at all than Grayson was last year, who started most of the year. I believe you are exactly right. I believe Adams gets the ceremonial start at center at least to begin the year. I believe the battle will be between Kyle and Brandon to start at the 4 next to Jaren, and between Melton and Bane to see who starts at the 2 (in a long-term sense at least). If Adams is moved to the bench, Kyle is a better fit to play with him than Brandon is. Melton has had a ton of success in the past playing with that starting unit, and is a far superior defender to Bane, despite the size (though he has way longer arms). I would love to see a starting (or closing lineup) of Ja/Melton/Dillon/Brandon/Jaren with a bench unit of Dunn/Bane/ZW/Kyle/Adams. I'm fine with them starting any of of the 5 of Adams, Melton, Bane, Kyle, or Brandon. Those guys plus Ja/Dillon/Jaren are our top 8 come playoff time, I just don't personally like playing Kyle at the 3, which is why I'd rather see Adams play mainly with the bench unit.
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    Seriously no love for the Grizzlies?

    Everyone is waiting for the season/training camp/preseason/etc to start. There's just not a lot going on right now. Free agents aren't being signed, trades aren't really happening, not a whole lot of news to talk about. We can only talk about hypothetical roster moves for so long. But yeah, Kris Dunn will hopefully be staying put.
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    Grizzlies/NBA trade deadline 2021 and beyond

    I think you're right, but I doubt he'll actually play a second with them.
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    Roster/ Lineups Forecast

    Depending on the extent of Kawhi's injury, I could see them falling off a little bit. There's always the chance Portland blows it up mid-season, or has injuries, like they are fairly accustomed to getting. The real question is if we can jump the Mavs, which is possible. I think they will be a little better this year, so I think that might be a tough task. I think we're certainly in the play-in games this year, but I could see us being 7-8 instead of 9-10.
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    Grizzlies/NBA trade deadline 2021 and beyond

    Having team blogs write random articles and being rumored to be involved are far different things. The Raptors, Cavs, Wolves, Trailblazers, Spurs, Pacers, Warriors, and Kings have been mentioned by national media members. I have found zero mentions of us being involved from an actual insider, though I'm sure our all seeing eye can dig one up. Here is an article that mentions what I'm talking about. You can read the whole thing, but I'll just post the part that matters. https://section215.com/2021/09/13/philadelphia-76ers-grizzlies-ben-simmons/ "Well, according to Hoop-social, there are only 10 teams in the NBA who gave 1.5 million or fewer homes in their television markets. Of those teams, many – Portland, Sacramento, San Antonio, and Indiana – have already expressed interest in Simmons’ services, while others – Milwaukee, New Orleans, and OKC – simply don’t make sense as landing spaces for one reason or another. So really, that just leaves Utah and Memphis as viable small market teams that fit Windy’s bill." I mentioned both of those teams already, New Orleans is the only real option for that statement outside of us and the jazz, but I've already mentioned why I would doubt it would be them. So if you believe Windhorst, then either us of the jazz have gotten involved.
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    Grizzlies/NBA trade deadline 2021 and beyond

    Well both of those teams are smaller market teams, so I think that might actually help change the perception to an extent.
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    Grizzlies/NBA trade deadline 2021 and beyond

    Slightly, they don't use Zion in the pick and roll as much as Utah uses rudy in the pick and roll. A Simmons/ Gobert pick and roll would be hard to stop. Obviously neither shoot it very much, but at the same time, New Orleans was a terrible 3 point shooting team (27th, and got rid of their best shooter) compared to Utah (first by a lot). They should still have plenty of shooting. They got rudy Gay and Ilyasova as well, who are good shooters. I think they can make a compelling offer for Ben, and I think he makes their defense even better and more versatile.
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    Jaren Jackson the X factor

    Rookie season before this current staff got here? Yeah, that's reasonable. I'm not ignoring last year, he was bad in every lineup essentially last year. I'm not sure what else to say there. He wasn't good at PF or at C, I'm not sure how that helps this debate at all. It was also about 7.5% of his total minutes played coming off a 9 month long injury layoff where he was getting back into shape in his 11 games played.
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    Jaren Jackson the X factor

    Where are you getting 7%? He played 67% at center last year, after playing 55% the year before. Adams is not much different than him playing with JV, and we know that didn't work great. I do think that Tillman is a good pairing, but I think Brandon (particularly if they improve their rebounding) is the perfect pairing.
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    Grizzlies/NBA trade deadline 2021 and beyond

    Brian Windhorst said on a podcast recently that there has been another small market team that has made an offer for Ben Simmons and has a lot of interest, but it hasn't gone public yet. Key word is another, so that rules out the Kings, Cavs, Trailblazers, Wolves, Pacers, and Spurs among small market teams since they showed interest already. I could see the Jazz, Hornets, Magic, or us being that team. I don't see the Pelicans (I can't imagine a worse pairing with Zion), the Thunder (year -1 of their rebuild), Nuggets, or Bucks being involved. Jazz could trade Ingles and Conley for Simmons (they'd have to wait until November) Hornets have plenty of options to get something figured out. Same with the Magic. Gary Harris, Terrence Ross, and Cole Anthony? Obviously we've discussed our possibilities (though his value has gone down). Given how our front office operates, I could see us being the secret team.
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    Jaren Jackson the X factor

    It's not selective. I clearly stated my reasoning. I already said he sucked last year, didn't matter what position he played. I took his last healthy year of play. I know that 5 of his 6 best 5 man lineups from 2019-20 were when he played center. I also know a year that he spent 2/3rds of his time at center, he still ended up with the best defensive rating on the team. That's in direct response in saying we are a worse team or a worse defensive team with him at center, which I disagree with. I don't know what stats you are wanting. I'm not pretending every stat is going to look great with him at him at center, but it's certainly not more selective than taking one stat that says "oh look he's bad at center" and pretending it's gospel.
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