September 14, 2020, 1:39 pmJohn KoncharPG, Memphis Grizzlies
The Grizzlies could look to re-sign two-way guard John Konchar to a two or three year deal this offseason.
Konchar mainly saw the court this season during blowouts but showed some flashes of solid per-minute production. His rebounding numbers in particular were impressive for a guard, as he averaged 9.3 boards per-36. Konchar obviously has potential to be a solid fantasy option in deeper leagues but if the Grizzlies bring back De'Anthony Melton next season as well, Konchar's path to a larger role would be shut.
Source: Grizzly Bear Blues
September 3, 2020, 6:38 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant has been awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year award for 2019-20.
Morant was taken with the second overall selection by the Memphis Grizzlies in the 2019 NBA Draft and put together an impressive rookie season. He ended the season as a sixth-round talent in 8-category leagues with averages of 18.1 points, 3.9 rebounds, 7.3 assists and 0.9 steals on 48 percent shooting from the field. Morant has the Grizzlies primed to be a competitive force for many seasons and was certainly a worthy winner of the award. He beat out Kendrick Nunn and Zion Williamson, who finished second and third respectively.
Source: Shams Charania on Twitter
August 16, 2020, 12:16 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant revealed that he played the final four games of the Orlando bubble with a right thumb fracture.
There's already a ton to love about Morant's game, and this news only paints his performances in a more impressive light. In Saturday's do-or-die game with the Blazers, Morant went for a career-high 35 points in 42 minutes, and he managed two double-doubles and a triple-double in the three other games he was playing with the fracture. The presumptive Rookie of the Year, Morant introduced himself to a national audience that doesn't usually watch much of the Grizzlies, and his first impression was a sensational one. Expect Morant to be a popular player in next year's fantasy drafts.
August 15, 2020, 6:07 pmDe'Anthony MeltonPG, Memphis Grizzlies
De'Anthony Melton saw just 14 minutes of playing time during Saturday's loss to the Blazers, coming away with three points, four rebounds, two steals and one assist.
Melton ended the season with barely a whimper as the Grizzlies were sent packing by the Blazers. The 2019-20 campaign has certainly been indifferent for Melton who has flashed his upside on more than one occasion. Despite calls for him to be given more playing time, that never really came and he was used as more of a situational player on most nights. His defensive abilities are evident and that alone can give him limited fantasy value. However, unless his role changes dramatically, he will continue to be more of a streaming option as opposed to a must-roster asset.
August 15, 2020, 6:01 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valanciunas ended his time in Orlando with another impressive performance, topping out at 22 points and 17 rebounds to go with six assists in 34 minutes during Saturday's 126-122 loss to the Blazers.
Valanciunas ends the season as a top-50 fantasy asset despite a few inconsistent performances. He had his hands full with Jusuf Nurkic on Saturday but held his own, putting up his seventh double-double since games resumed last month. The Grizzlies are building a nice young core and where Valanciunas fits in that scheme remains to be seen. With that being said, he is still only 28 years old and should continue to put up similar production for at least another few seasons.
August 15, 2020, 5:55 pmBrandon ClarkePF, Memphis Grizzlies
Brandon Clarke drilled a career-high four 3-pointers during Saturday's loss, finishing with 20 points, four rebounds, three assists and two blocks in 25 minutes.
Clarke got hot during the third quarter, scoring 14 of his 20 points as the Grizzlies built a lead. Unfortunately, they were unable to hold on and will now head home to start planning for next season. Clarke has put together an impressive rookie season, ending as a top-80 fantasy asset across most formats. His 62 percent from the floor is the highest mark to ever be reached by a rookie as well as the highest in Grizzlies franchise history.
August 15, 2020, 5:45 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant saved his best for last, scoring a career-high 35 points in 42 minutes during Saturday's loss to the Blazers, chipping in eight assists and four rebounds.
The Grizzlies fell agonizingly short of forcing another game against the Blazers and unfortunately, their season has come to an end. Morant led all scorers with 35 points and almost carried Grizzlies to victory. The favorite to secure Rookie of the Year honors, Morant has had a productive season, although there are certainly a couple of holes in his fantasy game. He should be a hot target when draft season rolls around and those chasing the young star will likely have to use a third or fourth-round pick to secure his services.
August 15, 2020, 2:26 pmTyus JonesPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Tyus Jones (right knee soreness) is officially out for Saturday's play-in game.
While Jones has resumed 5-on-5 work, he simply hasn't had enough time to get in game shape for the most important games of the Grizzlies' season. If Memphis can win today, maybe Jones gets another crack at it tomorrow, but it would be surprising to see him appear before an official playoff series — should the Grizzlies get that far.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 5:11 pmTyus JonesPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Tyus Jones (right knee soreness) is officially doubtful for Saturday's play-in game.
Jones returned to 5-on-5 practice on Friday but hasn't done much since entering the bubble, so he's unlikely to play in the most important game of Memphis' season tomorrow. Grayson Allen and De'Anthony Melton will get the backcourt minutes behind Ja Morant and Dillon Brooks.
Source: Grizzlies PR on Twitter
August 14, 2020, 3:53 pmTyus JonesPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Tyus Jones (knee soreness) was able to go through a full practice on Friday and might be able to play in Saturday's play-in game.
Jones has yet to play in the bubble due to his injury, so it may come down to whether the Grizzlies are comfortable throwing him back into the mix with the stakes at their highest. If Jones is able to play, he figures to take some minutes away from Grayson Allen and De'Anthony Melton.
Source: Joe Vardon on Twitter
August 13, 2020, 6:37 pmDillon BrooksSF, Memphis Grizzlies
Dillon Brooks continued to score on Thursday, providing 31 points on 12-of-18 shooting with four 3-pointers in 32 minutes.
Brooks was the team’s third leading scorer for the entire season and he continued to be one of the team's primary shot-takers in Orlando. He doesn’t do much outside of the scoring categories which is why he finished outside of standard league value.
August 13, 2020, 6:33 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant earned himself a triple-double in Friday's 119-106 victory over the Bucks, providing 12 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists in 34 minutes.
Morant's triple-double wasn't the best on the team as Jonas Valančiūnas also earned one with better efficiency. Morant struggled from the field (5-of-17) and committed six turnovers but he did enough to help lead his team to the NBA play-in game in his rookie campaign. Ja will have to battle either Devin Booker and the Suns or Damian Lillard of the Blazers on Saturday depending on the result of the Blazers-Nets game.
August 13, 2020, 6:28 pmJonas ValanciunasC, Memphis Grizzlies
Jonas Valančiūnas was brilliant in a must-win affair on Thursday, posting 26 points, 19 boards and 12 assists in 32 minutes.
The Grizzlies could have missed the play-in game with a loss so they needed all that Valančiūnas could provide on Thursday. He also chipped in with one block and two 3-pointers and shot the ball very well, going 11-of-17 from the field. Valančiūnas will have his work cut out for him against either Deandre Ayton or Jusuf Nurkić on Saturday. If the Blazers win, the Grizzlies will have to win two games in order to earn the final playoff spot. If the Blazers lose, the Grizzlies will have to win one game against the Suns in order to clinch a postseason berth.
August 11, 2020, 10:43 pmJa MorantPG, Memphis Grizzlies
Ja Morant dished 13 assists in the Grizzlies' loss to the Celtics on Tuesday, finishing with 26 points, four rebounds and two blocks in 42 minutes.
Morant, who went 7-for-13 from the field and knocked down just one 3-pointer, was all over the court but could not will his team to victory on Tuesday. The Grizzlies really needed the win, but this season and the time in the bubble will be valuable experiences for both the Grizzlies as a whole and Morant as a player. He should continue to develop into the star most expect him to become.
August 11, 2020, 10:40 pmGrayson AllenSG, Memphis Grizzlies
Grayson Allen scored 12 points on Tuesday vs. the Celtics, grabbing five boards and dishing two assists in the loss.
He went 5-for-14 from the floor — not ideal for a player trying to become an established bench option for a rising team. What's even worse is the paltry 2-for-9 effort he posted from deep. The Grizzlies lost an important game on Tuesday and Allen needs to improve his game if he expects to continue to usage he has seen in the bubble.