If you said this picture of the Memphis Grizzlies in an elevator, was symbolic of their rise into the elite ranks of the upper echelon teams of the league. Nobody would disagree with you and your very observational eyeballs.
The leagues only Wendigo Marc Gasol has been named the NBA’s Defensive Player of the Year. While his individual stats of 1.7 blocks and 1.0 steals per game were not off the charts. Gasol was considered the centrepiece of the Grizzlies defense that held opponents to a league-best 88.7 points per game.
The ’05-’06 Spurs were previously the last team to hold opponents below 90 points per game in a season. LeBron James finished second, Serge Ibaka finishing third, Joakim Noah fourth and Tony Allen finished fifth in the Defensive Player of the Year voting respectively.
Mike Conley drives and makes the tough layup to sink the Grizzlies in clutch time.
Marc Gasol is many things, but I’m not sure if Defensive Player of the Year is one of them, even if his hearts in the right place. Lets give him credit for thinking out of the box with the attempted “shoe stop” though. Most dudes would have given up and put their shoe back on. I call those guys quitters.
Another banging portrait from Dustin Watson who created and upgrade to an older Zach Randolph piece. I’d say he pretty much killed it, again.