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3 Too Early Bold Grizzlies Predictions for the 2022-23 NBA Season

The Memphis Grizzlies certainly opened some eyes in 2021-22, finishing No. 2 in the Western Conference with a 56-26 record. While they lost to eventual champion Golden State Warriors in the second round of the NBA playoffs, there’s every reason to believe that the Grizz would indeed have defeated the Dubs in that series had Ja Morant not been injured.

The Grizzlies are one of the youngest teams in the association, but with Ja at the top, this team truly believes they have the ability to beat anyone in the league. Confidence is key and there’s no shortage of that in Taylor Jenkins’ squad. Memphis lost a few rotations like De’Anthony Melton and Kyle Anderson, but the organization also snagged two intriguing talents in the draft by taking David Roddy and Jake LaRavia.

Without further ado, here are 3 way too early bold predictions for the Grizzlies in the 2022-23 season.

Bold predictions from the Grizzlies for the 2022-23 season

3. Grizzlies reach the West Finals

Bold? I mean kinda. But seriously, the Grizzlies were just a few wins away from making the Western Conference Finals a few months ago. Memphis will clearly be a force to be reckoned with for years to come. Morant is getting better every year and after his all-star season, you can expect even bigger things from the former No. 2 overall.

Jaren Jackson Jr is expected to be out until December due to injury. Still, he should be back by the turn of the year. JJJ is a key element of this team and one of the most versatile bigs in the game. Desmond Bane is an absolute sniper from the deep and will continue to improve in Year 3. Tyus Jones is back with the Grizzlies and really is the perfect backup PG for Ja, bringing points and playmaking to the table. Then you can’t forget a player like Dillon Brooks, who plays hard-nosed basketball every night.

Memphis are a rock-solid team at both ends of the playing field and have some playoff experience under their belt. This group firmly believes they are better than the Warriors, who defeated them in the conference semifinals. Yes, the west will be better next season. The Nuggets will bring back Michael Porter Jr. and Jamal Murray. The Clippers have their star duo Kawhi Leonard and Paul George back together and some very solid rotation players around them.

But Morant is a dog, and he’s proven in the postseason that he’s up to the task of leading the Grizzlies to their goal of a title. I’m not going to say they’ll make the finals, but an appearance in the Western Conference Finals should very well be a possibility.

2. Desmond Bane will form his first All-Star team

Bane has been a solid player for the Grizzlies since they picked him out of TCU in the 2020 draft. The guard made a whopping leap from 9.8 points per night to 18.2 in his sophomore season while also amassing 4.4 rebounds per contest. Bane also took 6.9 triples as opposed to just four in his rookie campaign and emptied them with a 43% clip. He’s a top-three three-point shooter in the NBA, and given the significant leap Bane made last season, all signs point to him surpassing that 20-points-a-game mark in 2022 -23 will exceed.

He’s a big part of offense and has one of the highest usage rates in the Grizzlies behind Morant. There’s no question Bane will make it rain again, which will result in his being called up to the All-Star Game. Ja won’t be the only one to get the honor this time.

1. Yes Morant will make the top 3 in the MVP voting

Again, this isn’t quite in left field. Ja averaged 27.4 points, 6.7 assists and 5.7 rebounds en route to ASG last season. He put his talent on full display every night, but it wasn’t enough to be seriously considered for MVP. Nikola Jokic eventually won it for the second year in a row, while Joel Embiid and Giannis Antetokounmpo took second and third place respectively. Ja finished seventh with minimal votes.

There are so many good players in the league and to say that Ja could actually become MVP is very bold at this point. Other than that, he really is an electrifying talent who is the full package offensively. Ja is also one of the most popular players on social media in the league. Fans and media love him. Morant improved his numbers significantly in 2021-22, scoring more than eight points per game compared to Year 2. The Grizzlies Guard will continue to up their game. Yes, it’s a serious possibility to finish in the top three in MVP voting.

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