Like most months this season, the Grizzlies had a tough go of things. They won 4 of 11 matchups with their wins coming against the Pels, Lakers, T’Wolves, and lowly Knicks.
Check out The BarnBurner Grizzly power rankings for February. These rankings represent composite scores of individual rankings submitted by each of The BarnBurner staff.
*All stats are as of 3/1/19*
1. Mike Conley
Mike played in 9 of the Grizzlies’ 11 games in February and led the team in scoring with 20.2 points per game — which is literally his season average. Isn’t that interesting? He scored 25 points three times and had a 30 point performance in the Grizzlies surprise win over the Lakers.
In addition to his scoring, Mike dished out 6.7 assists per contest and reached double figures in that category against the Clippers — which helped him earn a double-double.
Even with the Grizzlies moving Marc Gasol to Toronto, it seems like Mike is plugging along night in and night out and providing consistent production for the Grizzlies. At this point we know what to expect from Conley but the big question is where will other production come from in this lineup?
2. Joakim Noah
The man coming in second in our February power rankings is one of the many Grizzlies that did not start the season in blue. In fact, he did not start the season anywhere; Joakim Noah.
In February, he provided a plethora of electrifying dunks and energy that the Forum hasn’t seen in months. Last month he earned double-doubles in 4 games and scored in double figures in a total of six contests.
Memphis has provided a chance for Noah to jump start his second career and also given Grizzly fans a reason to watch games during this tough stretch of fandom.
Valanciunas is the closest thing to a walking double-double that the Grizzlies have on their roster. Though his games in February were limited due to injury and immigration issues, Jonas – much like Noah – brought with him a level of intensity and action that Grizzly fans are accustomed to having on their roster.
JV played in 5 games for Memphis in February and scored in double figures in all of them, three times scoring in the 20’s. He averaged nearly 9 boards per game and hauled in a trio of double-doubles in the month. He was second on the team in scoring, averaging 18.6 points per game.
Bradley’s most impressive performance of the month was a 33 point, 6 rebound, 6 assist loss against the Spurs inside the Forum. This was only his second game in a Memphis jersey following the Garrett Temple/Jeff Green trade earlier in the month.
He has been a consistent scorer for the Grizzlies outside of a matchup against Cleveland that Memphis lost. Though many of his +/- metrics are not favorable, Bradley did provide us with one of the more exciting offensive performances of the year. Really, we are just looking for anything to keep us engaged at this point.
5. Jaren Jackson Jr.
In a normal month, I think we would all expect Jaren to be competing for pole position in any sort of Grizzly power rankings. However, February was the month that we had to find out that he has been playing with a lingering deep bruise that has limited him on the floor and is now out indefinitely. This comes as super bummer news to anyone who was rooting for Memphis to claw to the 9th slot from the bottom to increase their odds at conveying their first round draft pick that they ultimately owe to Boston.
In six games, Jackson averaged 16.8 points and 5 rebounds on 46.6% FG shooting. We were all hoping that the last quarter of the season would be the time for JJJ to rise to the top and even snag a ROTM award. It is apparent now that will not happen. Many question if he will even return at all this season. Since he is now on the shelve with a deep bruise injury, we may not get to see more examples of how he plays alongside JV, Ivan Rabb, or Bruno Caboclo. Memphis finds itself right back in the same situation as this time last year, but with less hope on the horizon.
6. Ivan Rabb
Young Ivee! Rabb averaged 9.9 points and 5.7 rebounds last month and had his fair share of ups and downs. He struggled to match up defensively against several opponents like the Spurs’ LaMarcus Aldridge. He also got in some early foul trouble in a few games, which he never quite recovered from. Rabb did try and stretch his game offensively with a few three point attempts, but certainly not with volume. Passing is one of Rabb’s strengths and we look forward to seeing how he can create for his teammates.
7. Bruno Caboclo
So far, Bruno has not been a guy that will stuff the stat sheet, but if you are paying attention, you can see the impact that he has on the game when he is on the court. His versatility on defense and ability to hit the occasional three make him worth having on the roster. Coboclo can protect the rim against the best of them and is always lurking around until he finds his next victim on defense. He will be an interesting guy to keep an eye on for the remainder of this season.
8. Delon Wright
For the most part, Wright has been underwhelming during his brief time in Memphis. He is logging over 27 minutes per game and has struggled from the field, shooting under 40%. He is still an upgrade over Shelvin Mack at backup PG, so we can count our blessings there. One positive about Wright is that he has the hustle factor and can serve as a spark plug when inserted into the game. Coincidentally, this is something that you would like to see in your backup PG.
9. C.J. Miles
What is apparent about C.J. Miles is that he is a gunner. It has been a long time since we have seen someone who is so quick to pull the trigger on deep shots coming off screens. Unfortunately, he doesn’t usually make them. Miles is shooting 26.9% from three since joining the Grizz.
10. Justin Holiday
It *feels like* Justin Holiday has started to play better. Then you look at his career numbers and then realize that we are probably at the ceiling of what he can provide. Slightly above average defense, streaky shooting, soaks up minutes.
11. Chandler Parsons
In case you haven’t hear, Chandler is back. He is not shooting well. That’s about it.
12. Tyler Dorsey
So far, Dorsey has less than two quarters under his belt for the Grizzlies. He appears to be an exciting offensive player, but hasn’t had the chance to do much yet.
13. Jevon Carter
Carter could not have appreciated the Grizzlies adding Delon Wright to the roster. That all but took him out of the rotation.