Ed Davis Too Slim for Grizzlies’ Frontcourt?
In 44 games with the Grizzlies, including the playoffs, (Ed) Davis flashed some ability that might make the Grizzlies believe he could take Randolph’s place in the lineup after the big man either retires or becomes dead weight, which at this point it’s uncertain which one will happen first. The problem with Davis is that he seldom flashes his ability and plays up to his potential. Davis’ lack of development has to be a concern for the Grizzlies. He can’t even seem to gain weight well.
(Zach) Randolph might only have one good year left, and if Davis can’t make tremendous strides this season, then the Grizzlies will have a real deficiency in their roster at the power forward spot going forward. Sure, this need can be filled either via draft or free agency. Neither of these options is incredibly viable for the Grizzlies in their current state though. As for the draft, the Grizzlies have a propensity to trade away their first-round draft pick every year, and even if they had one it would likely be one of the last five or six spots in the first round as long as the Grizzlies maintain the same level of success on the court as last season. When it comes to free agency, it’s no secret that it’s difficult to lure marquee free agents to small-market cities such as Memphis. This fact will make it near impossible to get a free agent power forward of Randolph’s caliber unless he comes as damaged goods like Randolph did.
Having to matchup with the likes of Western Conference power forwards such as Kenneth Faried, Blake Griffin, Anthony Davis, Kevin Love and Serge Ibaka should be a concern for the Grizzlies front office, especially slender Ed Davis is all that’s standing between them and the basket. It will be interesting to see if the Grizzlies try to address the problem now or later. With this new ownership group, don’t ever rule out the Grizzlies making a trade.