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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.[1]

2017–18 Memphis Grizzlies season
Head coachDavid Fizdale (until November 27)
J. B. Bickerstaff (interim)
General managerChris Wallace
Owner(s)Robert Pera
ArenaFedExForum
Results
Record22–60 (.268)
PlaceDivision: 5th (Southwest)
Conference: 14th (Western)
Playoff finishDid not qualify

Stats @ Basketball-Reference.com
Local media
TelevisionFox Sports Tennessee
Fox Sports Southeast
RadioWMFS-FM
< 2016–17 2018–19 >

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).

DraftEdit

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.

RosterEdit

2017–18 Memphis Grizzlies roster
Players Coaches
Pos. No. Name Height Weight DOB (YYYY-MM-DD) From
G/F 24 Brooks, Dillon 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1996–01–22 Oregon
G 8 Brooks, MarShon 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 200 lb (91 kg) 1989–01–29 Providence
G 6 Chalmers, Mario 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m) 190 lb (86 kg) 1986–05–19 Kansas
G 11 Conley, Mike   (C) 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m) 175 lb (79 kg) 1987–10–11 Ohio State
F/C 21 Davis, Deyonta 6 ft 11 in (2.11 m) 237 lb (108 kg) 1996–12–02 Michigan State
G/F 12 Evans, Tyreke 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–09–19 Memphis
C 33 Gasol, Marc (C) 7 ft 1 in (2.16 m) 255 lb (116 kg) 1985–01–29 Lausanne CS (TN)
F 0 Green, JaMychal 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 227 lb (103 kg) 1990–06–21 Alabama
G 5 Harrison, Andrew 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 213 lb (97 kg) 1994–10–28 Kentucky
F 4 Henry, Myke (TW) 6 ft 6 in (1.98 m) 210 lb (95 kg) 1992–12–23 DePaul
F 14 Johnson, Omari 6 ft 9 in (2.06 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1989–11–26 Oregon State
F 1 Martin, Jarell 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 239 lb (108 kg) 1994–05–24 LSU
G 23 McLemore, Ben 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 195 lb (88 kg) 1993–02–11 Kansas
F 25 Parsons, Chandler 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1988–10–25 Florida
F 10 Rabb, Ivan 6 ft 10 in (2.08 m) 220 lb (100 kg) 1997–02–04 California
G/F 7 Selden, Wayne 6 ft 5 in (1.96 m) 230 lb (104 kg) 1994–09–30 Kansas
G 2 Simmons, Kobi (TW) 6 ft 4 in (1.93 m) 170 lb (77 kg) 1997–07–04 Arizona
Head coach
Assistant coach(es)

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (DP) Unsigned draft pick
  • (FA) Free agent
  • (S) Suspended
  • (GL) On assignment to G League affiliate
  • (TW) Two-way affiliate player
  •   Injured

Roster
Last transaction: 2018–03–24

StandingsEdit

DivisionEdit

Southwest Division W L PCT GB Home Road Div GP
zHouston Rockets 65 17 .793 0.0 34–7 31–10 12–4 82
xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 24–17 24–17 9–7 82
xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 33–8 14–27 9–7 82
Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 15–26 9–32 5–11 82
Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 16–25 6–35 5–11 82


ConferenceEdit

Western Conference
# Team W L PCT GB GP
1 zHouston Rockets * 65 17 .793 82
2 yGolden State Warriors * 58 24 .707 7.0 82
3 yPortland Trail Blazers * 49 33 .598 16.0 82
4 xOklahoma City Thunder 48 34 .585 17.0 82
5 xUtah Jazz 48 34 .585 17.0 82
6 xNew Orleans Pelicans 48 34 .585 17.0 82
7 xSan Antonio Spurs 47 35 .573 18.0 82
8 xMinnesota Timberwolves 47 35 .573 18.0 82
9 Denver Nuggets 46 36 .561 19.0 82
10 Los Angeles Clippers 42 40 .512 23.0 82
11 Los Angeles Lakers 35 47 .427 30.0 82
12 Sacramento Kings 27 55 .329 38.0 82
13 Dallas Mavericks 24 58 .293 41.0 82
14 Memphis Grizzlies 22 60 .268 43.0 82
15 Phoenix Suns 21 61 .256 44.0 82

Game logEdit

PreseasonEdit

2017 pre-season game log
Total: 3–2 (Home: 2–1; Road: 1–1)
2017–18 season schedule

Regular seasonEdit

2017–18 game log
Total: 22–60 (Home: 16–25; Road: 6–35)
2017–18 season schedule

Player statisticsEdit

Player Pos. GP GS MP Reb. Ast. Stl. Blk. Pts.
Dillon Brooks SF 82 74 2,350 257 135 73 17 898
MarShon Brooks SG 7 1 193 21 25 11 3 141
Mario Chalmers PG 66 10 1,421 157 197 79 14 507
Mike Conley PG 12 12 373 27 49 12 3 205
Deyonta Davis C 62 6 943 250 40 15 39 360
James Ennis SF 45 14 1,053 157 49 32 12 310
Tyreke Evans PG 52 32 1,607 265 269 57 17 1,010
Marc Gasol C 73 73 2,408 592 305 54 101 1,258
JaMychal Green PF 55 54 1,542 464 79 32 25 569
Andrew Harrison PG 56 46 1,326 131 177 38 26 533
Myke Henry SF 20 0 378 38 22 31 6 107
Vince Hunter PF 4 0 7 3 0 0 1 6
Brice Johnson PF 9 0 60 18 1 3 4 27
Omari Johnson PF 4 0 75 11 7 2 0 22
Jarell Martin PF 73 36 1,661 318 73 39 49 565
Ben McLemore SG 56 17 1,091 139 51 38 15 422
Chandler Parsons SF 36 8 691 90 69 18 11 284
Ivan Rabb PF 36 5 516 158 32 12 13 201
Xavier Rathan-Mayes SG 5 0 118 5 18 6 3 29
Wayne Selden SG 35 9 692 56 66 18 5 325
Kobi Simmons PG 32 12 643 50 68 18 5 196
Marquis Teague PG 3 0 74 6 13 4 0 11
Brianté Weber PG 5 0 119 17 9 8 2 24
Brandan Wright PF 27 1 366 93 13 13 25 135

After all games.[2]
Waived during the season
Traded during the season
Acquired during the season

TransactionsEdit

TradesEdit

June 22, 2017 To Memphis Grizzlies[3]
Draft right to Ivan Rabb (pick 35)
To Orlando Magic
Future second-round pick
To Memphis Grizzlies[3]
Draft right to Dillon Brooks (pick 45)
To Houston Rockets
Future second-round pick

Free agencyEdit

Re-signedEdit

Player Signed
Wayne Selden Jr.[4] July 1, 2017
JaMychal Green[5] September 27, 2017

AdditionsEdit

Player Signed Former team
Kobi Simmons[6] July 1, 2017 Arizona Wildcats
Ben McLemore[7] July 7, 2017 Sacramento Kings
Tyreke Evans[8] July 10, 2017 Sacramento Kings
Rade Zagorac[9] July 17, 2017   Mega Leks
Mario Chalmers[10] July 19, 2017 Memphis Grizzlies (Previously a free agent.)
Vince Hunter September 11, 2017   Avtodor Saratov
Myke Henry January 13, 2018 Oklahoma City Blue

SubtractionsEdit

Player Reason left New team
Tony Allen[11] 1-year contract worth $2.3 million New Orleans Pelicans
Vince Carter[12] 1-year contract worth $8 million Sacramento Kings
Zach Randolph[13] 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.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Memphis Grizzlies fire coach David Fizdale". NBA.com. Retrieved November 27, 2017.
  2. ^ "2017-18 Memphis Grizzlies Roster and Regular season Stats". basketball-reference.com. Retrieved July 18, 2019.
  3. ^ a b "Grizzlies acquire draft rights to Ivan Rabb and Dillon Brooks". NBA.com. June 22, 2017. Retrieved June 29, 2017.
  4. ^ "Grizzlies sign Wayne Selden Jr. to a multi-year contract". nba.com. July 1, 2017. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  5. ^ "Grizzlies sign JaMychal Green to multi-year contract". nba.com. September 27, 2017. Retrieved September 27, 2017.
  6. ^ "Grizzlies sign Kobi Simmons". NBA.com. Retrieved July 6, 2017.
  7. ^ "Grizzlies sign Ben McLemore to multi-year contract". NBA.com. July 7, 2017. Retrieved July 7, 2017.
  8. ^ "Grizzlies sign Tyreke Evans". NBA.com. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Grizzlies sign Rade Zagorac". NBA.com. July 17, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  10. ^ "Grizzlies sign Mario Chalmers". NBA.com. July 19, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  11. ^ "Pelicans sign Tony Allen". NBA.com/grizzlies. September 15, 2017. Retrieved September 15, 2017.
  12. ^ "Kings sign Vince Carter". NBA.com/grizzlies. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.
  13. ^ "Kings Sign Zach Randolph". NBA.com/grizzlies. July 10, 2017. Retrieved July 19, 2017.