The team led by Ja Morant and company is being one of the surprises of the season. They are currently 3rd in the tight Western Conference with 31 victories and 15 losses. How far can the Memphis Grizzlies get?
A historical streak:
The Memphis Grizzlies had 11 consecutive wins until last Saturday, as they fell to the Dallas Mavericks of Luka Doncic and Kristaps Porzingis. This was the best record in the franchises’s history. Furthermore, the 31-15 record that they currently hold is the second best in their history, only overcome by the 33-12 from the 2014-2015 season.
Ja Morant leads the project:
The great season from the Grizzlies can’t be understood without the leadership of Ja Morant. I already talked a few months ago about the step forward that the young player has taken in the league. He has everything he needs to become a superstar. He averages 24.4 points, 5.7 rebounds and 6.7 assists per game, very outstanding stats.
The pint guard has finally stablished himself in the league and he has really improved on several aspects during this season. The game of Ja Morant has developed to focus mainly on penetrations and shots from the paint. However, he also dares with three-point shots, an area where the Memphis Grizzlies do not stand out precisely. Last but not least, we must point out the key role from ja Morant both on offensive transitions and counterattacks.
But Ja Morant is not all by himself. In fact, the Memphis Grizzlies have picked up the win in 11 out of the 13 games he has missed so far this season. For this reason, we can’t really talk about a strong Morant dependency. Memphis have other players like Jaren Jackson Jr, a very important interior for the team; Brandon Clarke as a sixth man, or even Steve Adams, who always makes his job under the ring despite being more limited.
Regarding Santi Adama, the Spanish rookie is counting on some minutes, as he is still adapting himself to the league. He knows his role in the team and he always makes the most to accomplish his mission. Let us remind you that he recorded his first double-double in the league against OKC back in December. As the Spanish national team will have several absences towards next summer’s European, we will more than likely see him being part of ‘La Familia’.
Translated by Guillermo Bermejo.
Main image: Memphis Grizzlies website.
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