The 2020-21 NBA season ended just a few days ago, but that doesn’t mean the media is going to take a break from covering the league.
ESPN didn’t wait long after the Milwaukee Bucks took down the Phoenix Suns in six games to reveal their early 2021-22 NBA power rankings.
Unsurprisingly, ESPN has the Bucks at No. 1 and the Brooklyn Nets at No. 2.
The Memphis Grizzlies came in at No. 15 in their rankings. That seems fair after the Grizzlies’ first-round exit from the playoffs this year.
Here’s what ESPN’s Tim MacMahon had to say about Memphis:
GM Zach Kleiman has done an excellent job as the architect of the Grizzlies’ rapid rebuild, but his one major misfire so far has been the expensive trade for forward Justise Winslow. Will the Grizzlies cut their losses and decline Winslow’s $13 million option — giving them $22 million of salary cap space — or will they give the 25-year-old another season to prove he can be the playmaking wing Memphis envisioned as a complement to Ja Morant? Another complicated issue: Can the Grizzlies and Jaren Jackson Jr. (given his injury history) agree to an extension of his rookie deal that makes sense for both sides?
There will be plenty of offseason moves that will alter how these rankings look in the coming months. But I’d expect the Grizzlies to fall somewhere in the 10-15 range by the time the season starts later this fall.
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