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Previewing the Memphis Grizzlies heading into the 2020-21 NBA season

We go over the Grizzlies’ depth chart, odds to win a championship and provide fantasy basketball analysis for the 2020-21 NBA season.

 Ja Morant of the Memphis Grizzlies reacts after a dunk against the Portland Trail Blazers during the fourth quarter in the Western Conference play-in game one at The Field House at ESPN Wide World Of Sports Complex on August 15, 2020 in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images

The 2020-21 NBA season is a few weeks away and training camp is underway. The Memphis Grizzlies had a ton of momentum in March until the season was halted. They entered the NBA bubble as the No. 8 seed but the Blazers took that spot from them in the play-in tournament. Despite the road bump, there’s plenty of optimism in Memphis with Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. as the cornerstones of the future. Here we’re going to take a look at the Grizzlies’ offseason, plus look ahead to the 2020-21 season.

2020 offseason

Key additions

Marion Hezonja (trade)
Desmond Bane (draft)

Key losses

N/A

2020-21 odds

Title odds: +1500
Win percentage: O/U 40.5
Ja Morant MVP odds: +15000
Jaren Jackson Jr. MIP odds: +1500
Jaren Jackson Jr. DPOTY odds: +10000

2020-21 roster

Depth Chart

PG: Ja Morant, Tyus Jones, De’Anthony Melton
SG: Dillon Brooks, De’Anthony Melton, Grayson Allen, Desmond Bane
SF: Kyle Anderson, Justise Winslow, Robert Woodard II
PF: Jaren Jackson Jr. Brandon Clarke, Xavier Tillman Sr.
C: Jonas Valanciunas, Jaren Jackson Jr., Brandon Clarke

Roster battles

6th Man: De’Anthony Melton vs. Justise Winslow vs. Brandon Clarke
Backup G: De’Anthony Melton vs. Tyus Jones

Fantasy basketball

Best Sleeper

Brandon Clarke — Clarke was among one of the more underrated rookies last season. He struggled in the NBA restart when Jaren Jackson Jr. was ruled out but enters this season with a lot of upside. Clarke should get run in bigger lineups at SF, which should give him mismatches on offense. Clarke is also a better rebounder than JJJ despite the size difference. I wouldn’t mind taking a late-round flier on Clarke in deeper formats.

Likely Bust

Justise Winslow — To me, Winslow has been on the cusp of breaking out for a while now. Injuries have been his biggest issue. Winslow just can’t stay on the court. He was dealt to Memphis last season from the Miami Heat and didn’t even play a game. Winslow may be healthy heading into this season, but I wonder how long that will last. There’s no reason to go out of your way to draft Winslow. You’re better off waiting for him off the waiver wire.