Grind City Views: Grizz in national power rankings (Week 4)

Welcome to Grind City Views: Weekly Power Rankings, Beale Street Bears’ roundup of the Grizzlies’ current position in several major media power rankings.

Sports Illustrated: No. 17

Nov 12, 2016; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Mike Conley (11) takes a shot in the first quarter during the game against the Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

“Tony Allen, Chandler Parsons, Mike Conley and Brandan Wright are already dealing with injuries. Let’s hope this isn’t last season all over again.”

Let’s just not talk about that.

USA Today: No. 17

Hoops Habit: No. 14

“If the bench can continue to perform, Memphis will be in a good place. Now it’s just a matter of getting the starting lineup out of the bottom 10 in net rating.”

The bench was a concern going into the season, but Zach Randolph has performed well. Expect the starting unit to slowly improve, now that they have some continuity.

NBA.com: No. 17

“Vince Carter has had a bit of a renaissance the last two games (37 points on 15-for-24 shooting), but the Grizz rank last offensively (by a wide margin) in November, with six of their next nine games against top-10 defenses.”

The upcoming games against these defenses should be a solid litmus test. 3 or 4 wins could go a long way for the confidence of this team.

ESPN: No. 20

“Memphis plays Monday in Utah, then Wednesday in Los Angeles against the Clippers, with neither assignment looking especially appealing when the Grizz are unhappy with their defense and still don’t have Tony Allen back.”

Their defensive efficiency is 103.9, which is only 15th in the league. Obviously, having Tony Allen back should move the needle on this number.

CBS: No. 16

“New coach, still can’t shoot. (29th in effective field goal percentage.) Added Chandler Parsons, still can’t shoot. Added new roster components, still can’t shoot. Can’t shoot, can’t shoot, can’t shoot.”

Grizzlies could possibly fix their shooting woe’s by addressing the current dilemma at shooting guard. 

Average Ranking:

17

Memphis Grizzlies

4-5

Last week: 1-1

The starters need to find their groove and look for Chandler Parsons to start to produce, especially when he heads to Dallas to play his former team.

This weeks games: @UTA, @LAC, @DAL, vs MIN

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