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  1. He's out there because he's by far the biggest body and they had him on the inbounder. That is actually coaching 101. If they are guarding the inbounder, it should be JV 100% of the time (at least until JJJ gets back) because it should always be your biggest/longest player. The counter is if you decide not to guard the inbounder at all, then it probably shouldn't be JV, unless maybe you have him in the paint to protect from a pass/alley-oop to a cutter. There is an argument to be made for that. I can't say Clarke or Tillman would have been any better at turning and helping in that quick a situation if they were guarding the inbounder, especially without fouling, which you never want to do on a guy like Luka behind the line in that situation because he can still maybe get a shot up and get 3 FTs out of it. Not to trash Brooks, because this loss is not on him at all, but he came up way too high to get close to Luka. I don't know if he was expecting JV to turn and help trap him, but that's tough to count on in that short a time. Better to still give a bit of space and play it straight up and if anything make sure he has to reverse direction if you're going to overplay (ie try to get to the sideline side of him). Luka caught it like 30 feet from the basket and likely would have had to settle for a tough fading 3pt attempt if Brooks just stayed off him just a little bit so that he didn't have an obvious lane forward. Instead he caught it and Brooks was basically sending him forward on the drive with no help. Looked like they were counting too much on the clock, as if there wasn't enough time for a dribble.
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    Why No Love?????

    Sorry, just to add to my post above, it was mostly to point out situation being critical for a player. JV was actually considered a decent defensive prospect. He was fairly quick and athletic for his size and always had the good motor. He looked that way in his rookie year...then Casey asked him to gain a bunch of weight and only play in the paint. His development was pointed in exactly the wrong direction, not just for where the league was heading, but for the tools he already had. He always had a banger mentality and a willingness to play physical down low, but he had the potential to be a better all-around player on both ends (I'm not saying elite all-around, just better). So if he had a better situation, with better perimeter defenders and coaching that didn't pigeon-hole him as much, his development as a player may have looked quite different. Like, if Marc had been on Toronto as a rookie and Casey told him "stop passing or shooting outside the paint" and "you have to cover DeRozan's bad D every time he misses a coverage (which is almost every time his man is involved in a play) or else get benched", how would Gasol's career have gone?
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    Why No Love?????

    I don't think this is really a fair comparison, though. Gasol wasn't known as a good defender coming into the league, and he was on a team with two of the top backcourt defenders in the game always defending the point of attack. I don't want to get too much into it, but how would that Memphis team look defensively with today's JV instead of Gasol? Can't imagine it would be that much of a slide. Despite the fact that Gasol is a smart defender and was one of the better defensive Cs in that time, I think he gets too much credit for anchoring what would have likely been a strong defensive regardless. In general, Cs get too much credit for good team D and too much blame when it's bad. I think they actually needed Marc's offense more than what JV would give them, because Conley is less versatile as a playmaker than Ja, and the perimeter talent on those teams was garbage offensively.
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    Why No Love?????

    The biggest issue with the "he doesn't fit today's game" argument is looking at how many crappy non-traditional bigs out there. Most of the so-called modern bigs still struggle in some aspects of D, including struggling to switch or guard in space even if they're quicker than JV is, because the quickness difference between a perimeter player and even a modern big is usually a big gap. JV is an elite complimentary scorer (you don't need to run 30 plays for him) and an elite rebounder. He provides decent inside D in the paint and against post players, but struggles if he has to guard in space. Again, that last part is the same for most bigs. Heck, Chicago had 3 of them last night who can all shoot and can't guard inside or outside (Vucevic, Theis and Markkanen). JV can hit a 3 here or there to keep the D honest. He's not an elite passer but he isn't a terrible passer, while also being one of the top screeners in the game...a hugely underrated skill in the league since in the halfcourt it can be really hard for a small unit to create without a screener. It puts a lot of pressure on the better playmakers to manufacture shots with bad screens or in isolation, whereas with a legit screener you can still easily free guys up for shots/drives. Also, he might have one of the best value contracts (excluding guys on rookie deals) in the league.
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    Defense is the Key

    I like how the blame is going to Jonas and Ja. Are they stellar defenders? No. They are, however, starters on a top 10 D, and it's not the first time that has been the case for JV. It's not like they're being "picked up" by Kyle, Grayson and Dillon. Kyle is slow and inconsistent depending on matchups. Dillon is pesky and the best defender in the group, but I'd hesitate to call him anything beyond a bit above average. Don't know if I'd call anyone else who's been a regular this year better than average other than Melton. Some guys have high potential there, and Winslow is generally a good defender when he actually plays. D is first and foremost about effort and communication, and is an area coaching can always have an impact. The team has taken a step forward defensively despite having lots of injury issues all season. I'd look at that as a positive. It's also worth noting that D is directly dependent on how well you execute offensively. Your offensive discipline and execution has to let you play at your ideal pace to also maximize your D. It's also hard to max out your offense when your 2nd most talented player has been missing all year and you've had to juggle different rotations pretty much all year.
  6. This team is playing really well right now. Rotations are working out pretty well and everyone seems comfortable in their role. Brooks playing actually mostly good basketball recently. Let's hope he keeps it up. It will be interesting to see how they adapt when Jaren returns (and is probably really rusty).
  7. Why shouldn't it be? They aren't a top free agent destination anyway and it will be hard to find value in free agency...it always is. I mean, I wouldn't be upset if they cut him, but don't think they'll do that unless they have medical data that makes the health risk too big to even bother keeping him.
  8. Anyway, none of this matters and the organization shouldn't do anything until they've had a good look at all their pieces with a healthy Jaren.
  9. He's looked better because the team has looked better playing small instead of playing Clarke or Tillman at PF in the starting lineup, which also meant the slow Anderson guarding quicker SFs. At SF, Dillon's on the smaller side and would frequently be matched against players at least as tall as him and often stronger. He's also a bad rebounder for a SF. He's quick enough to guard SGs, and has a massive size/strength advantage on them. Ideally, you find someone to play SF (right now, Winslow is the guy they want to get a look at and he is stronger than Brooks, even if he's not taller) so you can shift Brooks back to SG where he's at an advantage. Also, we still need to see Brooks play well for more than a couple of weeks at a time. Again, going to keep beating the consistency drum.
  10. SF is in flux and you can't make a judgment until team tries to do something. Kyle is obviously not the answer and Winslow is probably the guy they want to give a long look at next year in a healthy starting lineup with Jaren back. Dillon is too small to shift over there full time as well, and his best fit is clearly at SG, at least if he's going to start. We have gotten to see a lot of Dillon. It's not a question of tools with him, but as I said, consistency and reeling in his own bad habits. I don't really see him as a 6th man as he's generally not that good a pure scorer, which is usually what a 6th man is. I like the Grizzlies current bench with no real 6th man, where Clarke, Melton and others can all step up and you don't overly rely on one guy to carry your bench. So with Dillon, it will also be easier to judge with Jaren back and see how he looks back in the 3rd/4th option role. A big part of last year's surprising season was Dillon starting to simplify his game as Jaren started shooting more, so Dillon was forcing things less and the Grizzlies had 4 guys who could get you 15-20+ points in the starting lineup every night without anyone having to monopolize the offense. If he plays well, he also likely becomes the team's best trade asset.
  11. Dillon is playing significantly better the last 9 games. He's even pulled his overall FG% above 40%. Regardless of what anyone thinks of Dillon, he has not been consistent and his approach can be far too reckless on the court (bad shots, careless fouls, etc). You gotta love his energy and competitiveness, and he has enough tools to be a successful starting two-way SG in this league, but he really has to become consistent and learn to play within himself. Otherwise he will continue to be the obvious choice for where the Grizzlies can upgrade the starting lineup.
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    Top 25 Under 25: How Many Grizz Players?

    Did you miss the part around raw numbers? The first criterion I mentioned? As in someone putting up big numbers on a worse team will get a bump in their view. That's clearly why Shai and Zion are up there. As for markets, how is Simmons on any list like this? He hasn't improved a single aspect of his game at all since coming into the league. He is easy to stop in the playoffs because he can't shoot and sucks in the halfcourt. He does play for one of the bigger markets in the East, though. He might be the most overrated player in the game today. How about Bam? As much as I love Bam's game, he's like a bigger Draymond with less range. It's not weird to see him on the list, but it is weird to see him so high since if he was the best player on your team, you're probably a lottery team. It's worth noting that there are more bad teams in small markets than big markets, and bad teams are more likely to have more young players, so it also makes sense that they are more represented.
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    Top 25 Under 25: How Many Grizz Players?

    To be fair, only Ja and Jaren have the talent level to be on this list. No other young guys on the Grizz look like they have all-star potential at the moment. Lots of solid players, which is still good. Jaren won't make the list since he hasn't played all year. Ja is having a rough year, but I honestly think most of it is due to his ankle sprain. Think he rushed back and has been playing at less than 100% since. As usual, it's ESPN being a crapshoot of subjectivity revolving mostly around raw numbers and big names/markets who make their highlight reels.
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    Grizzlies/NBA trade deadline 2021 and beyond

    Fournier doesn't really move the needle so I don't know if the front office would have called about him at all. Oladipo would move the needle if he was healthy and playing at an all-star level, and also you'd need reassurances he'd want to re-sign with Memphis. Still risky with his injury history and the fact that he only had one really fantastic season. I have no problem with the front office passing on him as well. This is still a young team and front office's plan has probably been the same since before last season: roll with young guys, try and add more young guys, evaluate for a couple of years without making any big moves. The opportunity to make a trade for a young player wasn't there this year with what the Grizzlies had to offer. Dieng is not a good enough piece and they probably didn't want to give up any picks. It's not like last year where they could shop Crowder and Iguodala who were actually valued by teams.
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    Predict JJJ's Return

    He did have surgery. It is not the usual route to treat the meniscus injury he had, but it is less likely to have long-term (as in for years) issues and also more likely to have a slower recovery from the procedure.