MANNY: Michael Porter Jr. is going to bring the Memphis Grizzlies back to relevance in the Western Conference. That’s right, you read it here first. Porter Jr. is pound-for-pound the best offensive prospect entering the NBA next season. Many have compared his game to another young talent, Jayson Tatum, with Porter Jr. being the more athletic of the two.
Personally, I can see his offensive ceiling resembling that of a Hall of Famer like Tracy McGrady. Let me explain why this potential marriage between Memphis and Porter Jr. makes so much sense. Since relocating to Memphis in the ’01-02 season, Memphis has failed to average 100 points per game 13 times.
Further more, the last time the Grizzlies had a player average 21 points or more per game (Shareef Abdur-Rahim, 23, ’98-99), they were still in Vancouver. Suffice it to say, this organization needs a shot in the arm on the offensive end. MPJ fits the bill in that capacity. One knock against him is his effort on defense.
I can argue that going to Memphis will help mask his defensive deficiencies. Playing alongside Mike Conley Jr. and Marc Gasol, two of the best defenders at their respective positions, allows Porter Jr. to focus on his strengths.
Memphis will finally have its go-to guy, which has sorely been needed, especially in recent playoffs stints. As far as his injury concerns, Porter Jr. has gone on record stating his confidence in his rehab process, and says he’s at 100 percent. This pairing is too good to pass up.
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