Top 10 Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies of All-Time

Top 10 Vancouver/Memphis Grizzlies of All-Time

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Memphis Grizzlies

Honorable Mentions:

20. Hakim Warrick

19. Stromile Swift

18. Greg Anthony

17. Marreese Speights

16. Chucky Atkins

15. Bonzi Wells

14. Lorenzen Wright

13. Michael Dickerson

12. Jason Williams

11. James Posey

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10. O.J. Mayo

Seasons w/ the Grizzlies

4 (2008-2012)

Stats w/ the Grizzlies

15.2 PPG, 3.3 RPG, 2.7 APG, 1.4 Stocks, 43.3 FG%

Remember when O.J. Mayo was actually pretty damn good? Well, Memphis fans do. The Grizzlies received terrific scoring from O.J. Mayo during his four years in the “Grindhouse.” And back then, he actually played his heart out – hard to believe, right? He’s sixth on the career list with 15.2 points per game. In 2008-09, he earned a spot on the All-Rookie First Team with 18.5 points per game. After Tony Allen surpassed him as the team’s starting 2-guard, Mayo became one of the league’s premier bench scorers. In 2010-11, Mayo averaged 11.3 points per game and 15.5 per 36 minutes. The USC product posted 12.6 per game and 16.9 per 36 in 2011-12. Mayo was also one of the Grizzlies’ best long-range shooters, placing 10th with a 37.5 percent clip. He shot 38.4 percent in his first year and 38.3 percent in his second. He played pretty well in most of his playoff games as well. The NBA misses this O.J. Mayo, is it too late for him to make a comeback? Probably.

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9. Mike Miller

Seasons w/ the Grizzlies

7 (2002-2008, 2013-2014)

Stats w/ the Grizzlies

13.2 PPG, 4.5 RPG, 3.0 APG, 0.8 Stocks, 47.7 FG%

Mike Miller quietly played his way to one of the most impressive careers in this franchise short history. In Ron Higgins’ book Tales from the Memphis Grizzlies Hardwood, Miller said that he took 500 or 600 shots per day in the summer. That work ethic helped him to become the most tremendous Grizz shooter the team has ever seen. He holds franchise records with a 59.4 percent true shooting percentage and a 56.6 percent effective field-goal clip. He has four of the top five year-long marks in the latter categories. In 2004-05, he was third in true shooting and effective field-goal percentage. The No. 10 three-point shooter among active NBAers (40.7 percent for his career) leads all Grizz players with a 41.4 percent mark. Believe it or not, he isn’t just LeBrons biggest fan boy, he was quite the player in his prime.

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8. Rudy Gay

Seasons w/ the Grizzlies

7 (2006-2013)

Stats w/ the Grizzlies

17.9 PPG, 5.8 RPG, 2.0 APG, 2.2 Stocks, 45.2 FG%

Rudy Gay was the fourth highest scorer in Grizzlies history (17.9 points per game), but he didn’t do it in a particularly efficient manner. Gay averaged between 18.9 and 20.1 per game from his second to sixth years, but shot better than 36 percent from beyond the arc and better than 80 percent from the line just once. His career-high 109 points per 100 possessions in 2009-10 were good, but not close to the league leaders. Nevertheless, one wouldn’t want to discredit his offense completely.

Besides, he did lead the team in scoring four of the past six years. His effective field-goal clip (48.5 percent) is 10th on the career chart. He steadily improved defensively while playing alongside Tony Allen, going from 110 points allowed per 100 possessions in 2009-10 to 101 in the first half of 2012-13. He had three straight seasons averaging 1.5 steals or more per game for the Grizzlies. He went on to play for Toronto where he kind of became a joke in the NBA, but don’t forget how good he was in Memphis. I should also mention he was one of the more clutch players during his day in Blue as well, something you can never take for granted.

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7. Shane Battier

Seasons w/ the Grizzlies

6 (2001-2006, 2010-2011)

Stats w/ the Grizzlies

10.2 PPG, 4.8 RPG, 1.7 APG, 2.2 Stocks, 45.4 FG%

While one would need a close look at his game, the “No Stats All-Star” slips in among the best Grizzlies players of all. Shane Battier earned a place on the All-Rookie First Team with 14.4 points and 1.6 steals per game, but he wouldn’t need such gaudy cumulative numbers to raise his game. Increasing his shooting rates in all areas, Battier posted a 59.7 percent true-shooting clip, seventh in the league, and 120.3 points per 100 possessions, third in the NBA and what is now the No. 2 mark in team history. Battier only needed two double-digit scoring campaigns to become one of the most prolific men to grace Beale Street.

He’s third on the career list in offensive rating (113.2 points per 100 possessions) and effective field-goal percentage (51.3 percent). Battier also did a solid job on the other end of the floor, gathering 14.3 defensive win shares and blocking a shot per game. In the Grizzlies’ first three playoff years, he allowed 102 to 103 points per 100 possessions. Just like Mike Miller, he would have the most team success with LeBron James down in South Beach, but he certainly put himself on the map in Memphis.

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