Ja Morant is a superstar. He’s ready now. Are you ready, Memphis?
In this installment of the Backdoor Cut Show, the guys discuss what they liked in the Grizzlies’ preseason games against the Hawks. They also give their over/under predictions for the ENITRE NBA. It’s such a special show that we’ve broken it down into two parts, just for you.
The Backdoor Cut crew is joined by Shawn Coleman (@StatsSAC), host of Locked on Grizzlies and contributor for Grizzly Bear Blues, to discuss the preseason opening win over the Minnesota Timberwolves. We marvel at Ja Morant’s efficiency and go through the roster to give our thoughts on each player’s performance and overall team performance on both ends. We wrap it up by discussing who has caught our eye around the league, before giving Grizzlies season predictions.
Jackson Frank (@jackfrank_jjf) joins the show and breaks down the game of each of the Grizzlies new additions. He also gives us some draft prospects to keep an eye on for 2021. You can find Jackson’s work on Dime Uproxx, The Step Back, his personal Patreon page, and more.
The guys chop it up and give their predictions for the Grizzlies through MLK day, round-table style (6-8 was the prediction). Each of us came up with our own starting lineup that we would like to see and we closed it out talking the Wall/Westbrook trade.
The gang’s all here to discuss the Grizzlies moving up in the 2020 NBA Draft not once, but TWICE, and the ensuing moves that were made in Free Agency. This is part 1 of a 2 part pod.
This “99 Cent Store” series has been open for business for the last two offseasons. In the past, we’ve highlighted names like Fred VanVleet (pre breakout), Davis Bertans, and Christian Wood. Not all of the items turn out to be gems (is Nerlens Noel still not a DPOY candidate yet?), but the returns have been largely positive so far. Let’s see if we can keep that momentum going this season.
Zak and Sam are joined by Keith Parish, host of multiple Nashville-based NBA podcasts (Fastbreak Breakfast & Grits and Grinds). They cover down on Keith’s favorite Grizzlies memories, Buddy Hield trades, Brandon Clarke ceiling, and the bucket list experience that is the NBA Summer League.
Hollinger’s newest nerd metric, DMelt’s market, and trading for splashy guards. Even some Dillon slander. All with Locked on Grizz’s Shawn Coleman
But rather than dwell on the obvious, this series intends to do the opposite: focus on the lower-profile free agents who may have some value to teams. No NBA player is actually “99 Cents,” of course, but these are all players who may be bargains based on their perceived market. Most of the players mentioned will probably go in the $3-5M range in terms of salary. Some exceptions will be marked as “featured items” that may go in the higher $5-10M range. If a player is listed as a “clearance rack,” then they may be on the fringes of NBA rosters and take minimum deals.