Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. are leading the Memphis Grizzlies back to relevancy in the NBA, and it is time the rest of Tennessee takes notice.
The Tennessee Titans season was fun. They went 9-7 yet again, but this time they capped it off with a postseason run all the way up to the AFC Championship game.
Unfortunately, it ended there. One win away from the Super Bowl. Although it is now offseason time for the Titans, there is still some excitement going on in Tennessee Sports.
Look no further than Memphis, Tennessee. The Memphis Grizzlies were written off by everyone this season as a rebuilding team. Although they are technically rebuilding, they aren’t using that as an excuse to have a lost season.
Let’s start with the always-exciting Ja Morant. The Grizzlies took Morant 2nd overall out of Murray State in the 2019 NBA Draft, and boy he is looking like he is going to be a star.
Morant has won Western Conference Rookie of the Month for the past three months. He is averaging 17.3 points per game, 7.1 assists per game, and is looking like the CLEAR frontrunner for Rookie of the Year.
But wait, there’s more! Ja Morant has a best friend, and his name is Jaren Jackson Jr. He was solid as a rookie as well in the 2018-19 season, and he hasn’t missed a step in his sophomore campaign.
Jackson Jr. is averaging 17.6 points per game and can just about do it all. Jaren and Ja easily became the dynamic duo down in Memphis and will be it for a very long time.
The Grizzlies have solid pieces around those two. Dillon Brooks has been very solid for them, averaging a solid 16.1 points per game, and Jonas Valanciunas is a beast in the paint scoring points and grabbing boards as consistently as anyone.
Combine all of that, and you have a Grizzlies team that is currently 8th seed in the Western Conference playoff picture with a 25-25 record.
It’s time to stop saying “the future is bright” in Memphis because the future is now. The Grizzlies are on their way to being an exciting NBA team led by the electric Ja Morant and the smooth Jaren Jackson Jr.