There are many songs written about Memphis Tennessee and some must doubtless be about the city’s favorite sons, the Memphis Grizzlies. The Grizzlies play basketball in the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a member team of the league's Western Conference Southwest Division and their home games at FedEx Forum. The favorite tag is emphasized by the fact that they have the distinction of being the only team in the four American pro-sport leagues to be based in the city of Memphis.
The team was originally established north of the border as the Vancouver Grizzlies, an expansion team that joined the NBA for the 1995–96 season. The early years of the franchise were bereft of success with the team finishing bottom of the division in five of its seasons. Not once did were they able to win more than a third of their games in any of the years spent in Vancouver. The bleak facts were 101 games won, 359 lost, and not one qualification for the NBA playoffs. The two expansion teams were not allowed early draft picks in the first season, but the Grizzlies secured Shareef Abdur-Rahim in 1996; nonetheless the team continued to lose games however good their picks Several things went wrong, not least the Canadian dollar and the franchise was subsequently sold to another owner and moved to Memphis, Tennessee for the 2001–02 season.
The Memphis Grizzlies have not enjoyed spectacular results but a steady improvement has been clear and the team has reached the playoffs for the past six years with their most successful being 2012-13 when the Grizzlies reached the Conference Finals where they came across the Spurs who defeated them 4-0 in the series.
Among the players who have sustained the Grizzlies on the court we must include Zach Randolph who quickly became the best player in Grizzlies history. He had the two best season performances by a player wearing a Grizz jersey in his first two campaigns. In 2009-10 and 2010-11, he led the team in scoring average and rebounds per game, putting up 20.8 and 11.7 and then 20.1 and 12.2. He led the team in scoring and rebounding six and five times, respectively. Also, he led the team in blocks five times.
Marc Gasol is a strong rebounder, great passer, keen shooter and robust defender. He has a perfect sense of when to pass to a teammate. That awareness gained him 4.1 assists per game last season. He earned the Defensive Player of the Year award while allowing 98.5 points per 100 possessions. He's 10th on the career totem, allowing 103.3 per 100 possessions. His older brother Paul Gasol also made a distinctive mark. He led the team in scoring and rebounding six and five times, respectively. Also, he led the team in blocks five times.
t have much to cheer for in the team's early years, but they did have Shareef Abdur-Rahim. The California product was the only reliable Vancouver scorer from year to year. At that, Abdur-Rahim stands as the greatest scorer in Grizz history.. He holds the season scoring record (23 per game in 1999) and had three of the five highest season-scoring averages.
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