After being swept out of the playoffs by the Dallas Mavericks as the five seed last postseason, the Memphis Grizzlies came into this season expecting to take another step toward the top of Western Conference. Unfortunately, things have not gone according to plan. With their franchise player, Pau Gasol
, and most experienced wing, Eddie Jones
, out with injuries, the team has found itself wallowing at the bottom of the Western Conference with a league worst 5-19 record. While both Gasol and Jones have returned to the Memphis lineup, the Grizzlies still face an uphill battle.
In the absence of Gasol and Jones, head coach Mike Fratello relied heavily on largely inexperienced players such as Rudy Gay
and Hakim Warrick
. While this season will likely be a difficult one for the team, the minutes logged by Gay should help the team in the long run. He won the rookie of month award in the Western Conference in November, and has shown some glimpses of how good he can become. DraftExpress will be tracking his progress throughout the season and watching to see how he fits into the Memphis rotation when Gasol and Jones are at full strength.