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Memphis Grizzlies Offseason Moves 2019: Odds and Predictions

Written by: Christian Jope
Updated October 14, 2022
10 min read

Memphis Grizzlies 2018-2019 Performance

Season Record: 33-49 , 12th in the Western Conference

Head Coach: JB Bickerstaff

Most Frequent Starting Five (37 Games): (G) Mike Conley – (G) Garrett Temple – (F) Kyle Anderson – (F) Jaren Jackson – (C) Marc Gasol

Grizzlies 2018-2019 Top Performers

  • (G) Mike Conley – 33.5 MPG | 21.1 PPG | 6.4 APG | 1.3 SPG
  • (C) Jonas Valanciunas – 27.7 MPG | 19.9 PPG | 10.7 RPG | 1.6 BPG
  • (C) Marc Gasol – 33.7 MPG | 15.7 PPG | 8.6 RPG | 4.7 APG

2018-2019 Grizzlies Major Transactions

17 July 2018 – Traded (C) Deyonta Davis, (G) Ben McLemore, cash and a 2021 second-round draft pick to the Sacramento Kings for (G) Garrett Temple.

3 January 2019 – Traded (G) MarShon Brooks, (G) Wayne Selden, a 2019 second-round draft pick and a 2020 second-round draft pick to the Chicago Bulls for (G) Justin Holiday.

7 February 2019 – Traded (F) JaMychal Green and (G) Garrett Temple to the Los Angeles Clippers for (G) Avery Bradley. Traded (C) Marc Gasol to the Toronto Raptors for (F) C.J. Miles, (C) Jonas Valančiūnas, (G) Delon Wright and a 2024 second-round draft pick. Traded (G) Shelvin Mack to the Atlanta Hawks for (G) Tyler Dorsey.

11 April 2019 – Fired JB Bickerstaff as Head Coach.

11 June 2019 – Hired Taylor Jenkins as Head Coach.

The Good

Some Good Luck

The Memphis Grizzlies failed to be relevant by the end of the season. However, the new weighted lottery system went in their favor during the NBA Draft lottery.

Projecting to pick eighth in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Grizzlies’ pick shot up to second overall. Overtaking the likes of the Knicks, Cavaliers, and Suns – who took tanking to a whole new level.

With that, the Grizzlies were able to select exciting point guard Ja Morant to lead their side.

Reinforcements from The North

Founded in 1995, the Grizzlies can’t seem to shake their expansion partner the Toronto Raptors.

Memphis hired former Raptors assistant Jerry Stackhouse and acquired former Raptors CJ Miles, Jonas Valanciunas, Delon Wright, and Bruno Caboclo at different points in the season.

All of those players impressed with Memphis, none more than Jonas Valanciunas who looks to factor in as a franchise centerpiece.

The Bad

The End of an Era

The Memphis Grizzlies were once famed as the NBA’s toughest team. Hard-nosed and incapable of surrender, the grit-n-grind Grizzlies were a force to be reckoned with.

Franchise staples Zach Randolph and Tony Allen are now out of the league, while the Grizzlies said goodbye to Marc Gasol via trade and Mike Conley at the end of the season.

A new wave of cubs is here to fill the void, but they have absolutely massive shoes to fill.

Rookie Woes

Jaren Jackson Jr looks to be an excellent big man to pair with Jonas Valanciunas in the frontcourt.

After exciting fans for more than half the season, Jackson Jr was shut down for the year after suffering a deep thigh bruise.

With his season cut short, Jackson has a lot to make up for in the coming year.

The Surprises

Front Office Shenanigans

The Memphis Grizzlies made one of the most surprising moves in the NBA last year and it had nothing to do with their players.

General Manager Chris Wallace was reduced to a scouting role and in his place ownership hired three attorneys to manage their front office affairs.

While changes were certainly made, there is now a severe disconnect in management and players that should play out interestingly in the future.

Memphis Grizzlies 2019 NBA Draft Acquisitions

The Memphis Grizzlies found themselves in a rather uncomfortable position, finishing the season with a losing record.

They were, however, lucky to land the second overall pick, moving up from eighth during the pre-lottery odds.

With one first-round selection, the Grizzlies selected an immediately impactful player and traded for another.

(G) Ja Morant – Murray State – USA – Memphis Grizzlies, 1st Round (2nd Pick, 2nd Overall)

Season Age College Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 19 MURRAYST 33 36.6 24.5 5.7 10.0 .499 .363

The self-proclaimed “Point God” Ja Morant has some big shoes to fill left by the departed Mike Conley.

Morant follows in the footsteps of fellow small-school stand-outs like Damian Lillard and CJ McCollum, who have lit up the NBA despite a modest NCAA college.

Morant has all it takes to be a star now. Lightning-quick, excellent size, and perfect offensive and defensive skills, Morant could be the best player of his class.

(F-C) Brandon Clarke – Gonzaga – Canada – Oklahoma City Thunder, 1st Round (21st Pick, 21st Overall)

Season Age College Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 22 GONZAGA 37 28.1 16.9 8.6 1.9 .687 .267

With rebuilding on the mind, the Grizzlies were able to trade for a player who fits their grit-n-grind mentality.

The Canadian is a grinder, to say the least. Excelling as an energy option on the court, who battles on both boards in order to secure possessions for his team.

Clarke doesn’t have any discernible offensive skillset, but his effort has won the Grizzlies and many over. Leading his team to the NBA Summer League Championship and being named MVP of the tournament.


Both Ja Morant and Brandon Clarke look to impact the Memphis Grizzlies immediately.

At the moment, Morant is expected to already be the teams starting point guard with the departure of Mike Conley.

For Clarke, he will have to prove his efficiency can continue in the NBA despite being outmatched physically.

Grizzlies 2019 NBA Offseason Acquisitions

(G) Tyus Jones – 3 Years/$26.4 Million

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 22 MIN 68 22.9 6.9 2.0 4.8 .415 .317

The acquisition of Jones wouldn’t be so criticized were the Grizzlies not given the option to match the contract of Delon Wright.

Jones is a small but steady point guard who showed excellent distribution ability with the Timberwolves.

He doesn’t bring near the same versatility as Wright, but he is certainly an adept backup point guard.

(G) Grayson Allen – 2 Years/$4.5 Million

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 23 UTA 38 10.9 5.6 0.6 0.7 .376 .323

Allen is surely more known for his juvenile behavior on the court than his contributions to it.

Still, just a sophomore player, Allen has a new season to prove that he is a player worth investing time and effort into.

A capable slasher, Allen needs to show he has the shooting ability and defensive intelligence to be a valuable role player.

(F) Jae Crowder – 5 Years/$35 Million

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 28 UTA 80 27.1 11.9 4.8 1.7 .399 .331

Crowder is yet to live up to his 2015-2017 run with the Boston Celtics that earned him a $35 million contract.

While his production is down, he still competes intensely on the defensive end and can keep defenses honest with his jumper.

(F) Josh Jackson – 3 Years/$18.2 Million

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 21 PHX 79 25.2 11.5 4.4 2.3 .413 .324

The Phoenix Suns turned the page on the Josh Jackson era and the Memphis Grizzlies will take their turn at developing him.

The former fourth overall pick in 2017 still hasn’t learned to shoot the ball, but his elite athleticism is still on display.

Head coach Taylor Jenkins will hope to channel his athletic energy into defensive intensity and offensive focus.

(G) De’Anthony Melton – 2 Years/$2.3 Million

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 20 PHX 50 19.7 5.0 2.7 3.2 .391 .305

Melton is coming off of an intriguing rookie campaign with the Phoenix Suns.

While he didn’t set the league ablaze, he was steady and reliable in his limited appearances.

Despite only turning 21 and entering his sophomore campaign, Melton’s playmaking and defensive ability are more than enough for Memphis to try and develop.

(G-F) Andre Iguodala – 3 Years/$48 Million

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 35 GSW 68 23.2 5.7 3.7 3.2 .500 .333

Don’t expect to see Andre Iguodala in a Memphis jersey anytime soon.

Going on 36 years old, the former Finals MVP has made it clear he intends to chase a ring with a contender rather than sit on the bench with a developing team.

(F) Solomon Hill – 4 Years/$48 Million

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 27 NOP 44 20.0 4.3 3.0 1.3 .382 .317

Solomon Hill was once a notable three-and-d option for the Indiana Pacers. Unfortunately, injury issues have limited his contributions.

With capable big men in the paint, Hill may be able to recover the production that endeared him to a $48 million contract.

(C) Miles Plumlee – 4 Years/$50 Million

Season Age Team Games MP PTS REB AST FG% 3P%
18-19 30 ATL 18 9.6 4.4 2.2 0.9 .667 n/a

Plumlee adds emergency depth to the Grizzlies’ center position.

While Memphis is experimenting with Bruno Caboclo at the five, Plumlee is still a legit 6’11 with length and rebounding ability.

Expected Depth Chart

Point Guard Shooting Guard Small Forward Power Forward Center
Ja Morant Dillon Brooks Kyle Anderson Jaren Jackson Jr. Jonas Valanciunas
Tyus Jones Grayson Allen Jae Crowder Brandon Clarke Bruno Caboclo
De’Anthony Melton Marko Guduric Josh Jackson Solomon Hill Miles Plumlee
Dusty Hannahs John Konchar *Andre Iguodala Yuta Watanabe Ivan Rabb

*(G-F) Andre Iguodala is not expected to join the Grizzlies this season. The team has come to a mutual separation until a deal can be made.

2019-2020 Season Expectations

The Memphis Grizzlies are in a rebuilding phase. They will not be challenging for the playoffs this season, but their talent is certainly intriguing.

Expect the Grizzlies to finish near the bottom of their conference and division, considering the talent disparity between them and the top eight.

It will be a high-pressure season for Ja Morant, who has spoken like a star, projects to be one, but is yet to show his qualities on the biggest stage.

Regular Season Win Totals for the Memphis Grizzlies

Sportsbook Over




DraftKings -112 -109

The Memphis Grizzlies’ future odds in regular-season win totals are bleak.

They project an over/under of 26.5 wins on the season. Inexperience will likely be their downfall.

Memphis Grizzlies Odds to Win the 2019-2020 Western Conference

Sportsbook Grizzlies
DraftKings +25000

The Memphis Grizzlies project to be one of the bottom two teams in the Western Conference.

While they could surprise, future bets and odds are on them to be one of the worst in the West.

Memphis Grizzlies Odds to Win the 2019-2020 NBA Championship

Sportsbook Grizzlies
DraftKings +50000

As is the trend so far, the Grizzlies don’t look to be a contender in the Western Conference.

Completely outmatched at the top of the West, the Grizzlies are at the bottom of the NBA in odds to win the NBA Championship.

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Christian Jope is a writer, social media strategist, and data analyst. A Queen’s University Alumni, Christian is an author and social media strategist with Raptors Cage, while also working closely with MLSE and Canada Basketball through community-driven events.

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