2017–18 Memphis Grizzlies season
The 2017–18 Memphis Grizzlies season was the 23rd season of the franchise in the National Basketball Association (NBA). During this season, the Grizzlies announced that both Zach Randolph and Tony Allen would have their numbers be retired for the franchise at some point in the future, both of whom would be the first for this franchise's history. On November 27, 2017, head coach David Fizdale was fired after an eight-game losing streak and a publicized benching of Marc Gasol. Associate head coach J.B. Bickerstaff was promoted as an interim head coach.
|2017–18 Memphis Grizzlies season|
|Head coach||David Fizdale (until November 27)|
J. B. Bickerstaff (interim)
|General manager||Chris Wallace|
|Place||Division: 5th (Southwest)|
Conference: 14th (Western)
|Playoff finish||Did not qualify|
|Television||Fox Sports Tennessee|
Fox Sports Southeast
The Grizzlies also missed the playoffs for the first time since the 2009–10 NBA season, as well as recording one of their longest losing streaks in franchise history near the end of the season with 19 straight losses from January 31 to March 17, 2018, beginning the losing steak with a 101–105 loss to the Indiana Pacers, but finally snapping their losing streak with a 101–94 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Saint Patrick's Day.
The Grizzlies would then suffer their worst loss in franchise history during the regular season on March 22, 2018, losing to the Charlotte Hornets 79–140 in a 61 point blowout. Star point guard Mike Conley Jr. played only 12 games due to injury.
It was their first 60+ losing record since 2007–08, and also their first season since 2008–09 without Zach Randolph, as he signed with the Sacramento Kings via free agency on July 2017. The signing reunited him with Grizzlies teammate Vince Carter, who also signed with them the same day. Randolph led the Grizzlies to seven playoff appearances and one Conference Finals appearance (2013).
|Round||Pick||Player||Position||Nationality||College / Club|
|2||35||Ivan Rabb||PF||United States||California|
|2||45||Dillon Brooks||SG||United States||Oregon|
The Grizzlies originally did not have a pick in the 2017 NBA Draft, but they did acquire the Orlando Magic's 35th pick and Houston Rockets' 45th pick through trades involving future second round draft picks. As a result, they acquired power forward Ivan Rabb out of California and shooting guard Dillon Brooks out of Oregon respectively.
|2017–18 Memphis Grizzlies roster|
|z – Houston Rockets||65||17||.793||0.0||34–7||31–10||12–4||82|
|x – New Orleans Pelicans||48||34||.585||17.0||24–17||24–17||9–7||82|
|x – San Antonio Spurs||47||35||.573||18.0||33–8||14–27||9–7||82|
|1||z – Houston Rockets *||65||17||.793||–||82|
|2||y – Golden State Warriors *||58||24||.707||7.0||82|
|3||y – Portland Trail Blazers *||49||33||.598||16.0||82|
|4||x – Oklahoma City Thunder||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|5||x – Utah Jazz||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|6||x – New Orleans Pelicans||48||34||.585||17.0||82|
|7||x – San Antonio Spurs||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|8||x – Minnesota Timberwolves||47||35||.573||18.0||82|
|10||Los Angeles Clippers||42||40||.512||23.0||82|
|11||Los Angeles Lakers||35||47||.427||30.0||82|
|2017 pre-season game log|
Total: 3–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–1)
Pre-season: 3–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–1)
|2017–18 season schedule|
|June 22, 2017||To Memphis Grizzlies
Draft right to Ivan Rabb (pick 35)
|To Orlando Magic|
Future second-round pick
|To Memphis Grizzlies
Draft right to Dillon Brooks (pick 45)
|To Houston Rockets|
Future second-round pick
|Wayne Selden Jr.||July 1, 2017|
|JaMychal Green||September 27, 2017|
|Kobi Simmons||July 1, 2017||Arizona Wildcats|
|Ben McLemore||July 7, 2017||Sacramento Kings|
|Tyreke Evans||July 10, 2017||Sacramento Kings|
|Rade Zagorac||July 17, 2017||Mega Leks|
|Mario Chalmers||July 19, 2017||Memphis Grizzlies (Previously a free agent.)|
|Vince Hunter||September 11, 2017||Avtodor Saratov|
|Myke Henry||January 13, 2018||Oklahoma City Blue|
|Player||Reason left||New team|
|Tony Allen||1-year contract worth $2.3 million||New Orleans Pelicans|
|Vince Carter||1-year contract worth $8 million||Sacramento Kings|
|Zach Randolph||2-year contract worth $24 million||Sacramento Kings|
|Rade Zagorac||Waived as a training camp cut||Real Betis Energía Plus|
|Wade Baldwin IV||Waived as a training camp cut||Portland Trail Blazers (Two-way contract)|
|Vince Hunter||Waived||AEK B.C.|
- "Memphis Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale". NBA.com. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
- "Grizzlies acquire draft rights to Ivan Rabb and Dillon Brooks". NBA.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
- "Grizzlies sign Wayne Selden Jr. to a multi-year contract". nba.com. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
- "Grizzlies sign JaMychal Green to multi-year contract". nba.com. September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
- "Grizzlies sign Kobi Simmons". NBA.com. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
- "Grizzlies sign Ben McLemore to multi-year contract". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
- "Grizzlies sign Tyreke Evans". NBA.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
- "Grizzlies sign Rade Zagorac". NBA.com. July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
- "Grizzlies sign Mario Chalmers". NBA.com. July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
- "Pelicans sign Tony Allen". NBA.com/grizzlies. September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
- "Kings sign Vince Carter". NBA.com/grizzlies. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
- "Kings Sign Zach Randolph". NBA.com/grizzlies. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.