After a 55-win season and a Western Conference semifinals loss to the eventual NBA Champion Golden State Warriors, the Memphis Grizzlies begin their preparation for the 2015-16 season with an appearance in the Orlando Summer League.
Lasting from July 4-10, the Grizzlies join the host Orlando Magic, along with the Los Angeles Clippers, Miami Heat, Charlotte Hornets, Brooklyn Nets, Indiana Pacers, Detroit Pistons and Oklahoma City Thunder to sort out the back-half of their roster for the upcoming season.
First-round draft pick Jarell Martin from LSU is not participating due to a stress factor in his foot, but the Grizzlies do have second-round draft pick Andrew Harrison playing in the Summer League. Other camp invites include last year’s first-round pick Jordan Adams and three 2015 undrafted free agents in Josh Cameron, Michael Holyfield and Ky Madden.
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Memphis fans aren’t expecting any Summer League action to shift the pendulum on Grizzlies tickets for the regular season. They’ll trot out a very similar, if not the same, starting-five as last season, after recently locking up franchise cornerstone Marc Gasol to a five-year max contract. Mike Conley, Vince Carter, Tony Allen, Zach Randolph, Jeff Green and Courtney Lee all return to try and take the next step in the playoffs. The Grizzlies also added veteran swingman Matt Barnes, who should fit nicely with the grit and grind mentality that Memphis has adopted over their recent stretch of success.
Harrison has the best chance out of anyone playing on the Summer League reason to latch on to the team as a backup point guard. He has never played a traditional point guard role and is more of a scorer, but his length is intriguing for short bursts to help Conley get breathers. It’ll also be interesting to see if Martin is going to have to spend some time in the D-League to get back into the swing of things after his foot injury, or if he will automatically garner a spot on the bench due to his standing as the club’s first draft selection. Either way, the Summer League could be a useful look at one of the NBA’s teams on the rise.