Grizzlies at a glance
The Grizz's 22-game turnaround led to their first playoff appearance. But they were only 28-28 against the West, and got swept out of the playoffs by the Spurs.
To add toughness Jerry West signed Brian Cardinal, who brings D and three-point shooting (think latter-day Bill Laimbeer). If his grit rubs off on Pau Gasol, Memphis will be in the hunt for more than just a first-round appearance next spring.
|The starters: They can run, shoot and defend. That'll keep you in most games.|
|PF||Pau Gasol||Needs to make the jump for Grizz to be serious contenders||8|
|SF||James Posey||Team's best player in the second half of the season||7|
|C||Lorenzen Wright||Solid worker shouldn't take Dampier courtship personally||6|
|SG||Mike Miller||Former ROY needs to get back to form and stay healthy||6|
|PG||Jason Williams||Numbers sagged a mite last year, but no cause for alarm||7|
|BENCH||Guys like Cardinal, Bonzi Wells, Shane Battier and (possibly departing) Stromile Swift make Hubie Brown's 10-man rotation work.||9|