After several seasons of steady playoff contention, Memphis has its lowest real plus-minus projection in eight years, with its playoff odds all the way down at 4 percent.
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Here are our top three storylines for the 2017-18 Memphis Grizzlies, along with an invitation for you to weigh in on how each will play out.
Memphis has made the playoffs each of the past seven seasons, the third-longest active streak behind only the Spurs and Hawks. That run could be in jeopardy this season, however.
The Memphis Grizzlies plan to waive guard Wade Baldwin, the seventeenth overall pick in the 2016 NBA draft, league sources told ESPN.
Memphis forward Chandler Parsons, after dealing with knee issues for several years, agrees with David Fizdale that a bench role is best right now.
They aren't really untouchable, but barring a catastrophic first 30 games, the Grizzlies are prepared to chase 45 wins through 2019 with their foundational stars. There is a wild card in the mix, however.
Lawrence Murray ESPN.com
Zach Randolph and Tony Allen will both have their numbers retired by the Memphis Grizzlies. Randolph, now with the Sacramento Kings, said Allen's honor is "well deserved."
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The Grizzlies will retire Tony Allen's number this season. He played 7 seasons with the Grizzlies, from 2010-11 to 2016-17. Allen played 462 games with Memphis, the 6th most in franchise history, and had 796 steals, 2nd most. He made the NBA All-Defense team 6 times, including 3 First Team All-Defense awards with the Grizzlies. He's the only player in franchise history to make multiple All-Defense teams, and the only one to make a First Team All-Defense.
The Grizzlies said that they plan to eventually retire the number of Tony Allen, who spent seven seasons in Memphis before signing with the Pelicans.
Tim MacMahon ESPN Staff Writer
The Grizzlies announced that Tony Allen's No.9 will be retired in Memphis after his career ends. "Tony was a driving force behind the Grizzlies' seven straight playoff appearances and he remains a beloved member of the Memphis community," Grizzlies owner Robert Pera said in a statement. "Tony played with a level of passion that is unrivaled. He helped establish a Grizzlies culture focused on toughness and effort, and he challenged every player that put on Beale Street Blue to match his fiery intensity. On behalf of the entire organization, I would like to thank him for his incredible contributions to the Grizzlies and the unique way that he inspired the city of Memphis. We are proud that the Grindfather's #9 jersey will hang in the rafters of FedExForum alongside Zach's one day."
If Memphis wants to make an eighth straight playoff appearance, it'll be carried by the grit-and-grinders who remain.
Boy, does it suck to be in the West. There are at least seven teams competing for the last four playoff spots, and they are all solid. Good luck picking which four make it.
Memphis Grizzlies coach David Fizdale is planning to use Chandler Parsons as a stretch-4 when the team runs a small-ball lineup.
The last spot on the Memphis Grizzlies NBA roster will come down to forward Jarell Martin and guards Wade Baldwin IV and Andrew Harrison.