All-Time Grizzlies Starting Five – The Grind House?

Mike Conley – PG

Mike Conley has been known as one of the most underrated players in the NBA the past couple seasons. He might not have the flashiness or the electric personality that comes with most NBA point guards, but that’s what makes him so likable in Memphis. He is the perfect representation of the Grizzlies’ hard-working and defensive playstyle. Without the recognition that many other guards would get in the league for similar play, Conley continues to put his head down in rout to averaging 14 points and 6 assists over 9 seasons all with the Grizzlies.

Tony Allen – SG

Tony Allen might be the worst offensive player in NBA history. He makes up for that with leadership, heart, and of course “FIRST TEAM ALL-DEFENSE!” Tony Allen has been given the nickname, the Grindfather, for his debut in Memphis started the “grind” playstyle. In Memphis, Allen has averaged half a block, and almost 2 steals per game, earning himself a spot on the all-defensive team 5 times over the span of his career.

Mike Miller – SF/SG

Prior to being with the Grizzlies, Miller was selected 5th overall in the 2000 NBA Draft. He then won rookie of the year in 2001 with the Magic, and was traded to the Grizzlies in 2003 for Drew Gooden, a European player, and cash. I knew Mike Miller used to be an extremely good shooter, but I was more than surprised when I learned that he shot 42% from three over 7 seasons with the Grizzlies. He won sixth man of the year in 2006, and averaged over 13 points per game in Memphis.

Zach Randolph – PF

Zach Randolph wasn’t viewed as a very good player until he was traded to the Grizzlies in return for Quentin Richardson in 2009. He previously played for the Trail Blazers in the early 2000’s who were known as the “Jail Blazers” for several players had several confrontations with the law. He then became a journeyman, playing for 2 teams in a span of only 2 years. Following all of that however, he found himself in Memphis and is still a huge part of the “grind” mentality.

Marc Gasol – C

The centerpiece of the grind; Gasol isn’t your average European center. He isn’t soft or skinny. Weighing in at over 260 pounds, Gasol has been at the center of the Grizzlies’ multiple playoff runs over the past few seasons. 2016-2017 has statistically been his best scoring season yet, averaging almost 20 points per game. He also won defensive player of the year in 2013. The other players in Memphis are great, but Gasol is what ties them all together as a great team.

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