Grizzlies 2011 Roster Rankings - The Final 5
From the ESPN.com/NBA website:
ESPN.com and the TrueHoop Network are ranking every NBA player -- and counting them down on Twitter (@NBAonESPN), from No. 500 to No. 1. As the rankings are announced, you can also find them here on the pages of ESPN.com.
Had to finish this up with the final 5 starters of the Grizz and their rankings. Of course you know the Grizzlies over-performed and their rankings reflect that. With what I am sure is the lowest salary of any other playoff team, the Grizzlies were 5 wins away from the NBA Championship last season. In the 5-on-5 discussions after these rankings Tony Allen was called out as the most underranked. Zach Randolph was completely insulted by his ranking but that's the Memphis Grizzlies' way - stay off the radar and just keep doin your damn thing ZBO. Forget about who they select in the Allstar game to sell merchandise or jump over cars.
If I was to edit their list I would put ZBO at #10 where they have Blake Griffin for so many reasons I won't even try to list them. Regardless of that fuck up on the voters' part, this is an incredible list not just because we have as many guys in the top 100 as only 2 other teams, and perhaps the highest ranked top 5 of any team - this is incredible looking at the age of our players. The oldest guy is 30! And their is no downward trend of NBA Rank and Age on the Grizzlies either. Conley is the 4th lowest ranked and is the youngest. The only limiting factors are ZBO and Marc Gasol who are two of the oldest but Marc isn't the 2nd oldest - that would be the 5th guy, Tony Allen.
My point is that the Grizzlies have a window about as long as Zach Randolph's contract extension to do some serious dynasty building around. When Zach is trending down at the end of his contract Mike Conley will be the same age as Deron Williams today! The Nets are just now trying to figure out how to build around that guy - whereas we hopefully have won some rings by the time our floor general reaches the old age of 27. I'm not even getting into our uber-talent, Rudy Gay, who has yet to really hit his plateau in the NBA thus far. His career arc could surpass those prima-donas we're used to having stuffed down our throats by the media such as Allen Iverson and King James. Easy to love, easy to hate. But let's see where these young Grizzlies will go - IF WE CAN GET THE SEASON GOING PLEASE!!!!