Basketball betting fan saw the Grizzlies improve by 16 games last year as their young nucleus of players became one of the most interesting to watch in all of online basketball betting.
Sports-Gambling opened with Memphis as a +12500 long shot to win the NBA championship but their prospects for a playoff berth are far more realistic.
Memphis won only 24 games in 2008-09 but shot all the way up to 40 wins last year. With a young core of talented youngsters such as Rudy Gay, OJ Mayo, and Mike Conley, the Grizzlies have what looks to be a very promising future.
They big key is that they do not take a step back and become satisfied with the improvement. Memphis took the big leap last year by playing hard and if they forget about that and believe their press clippings it could be a long year.
Owner Michael Heisley set the tone when he said that the team needs to continue its development and also significantly improve its defense. Heisley said that he expects to be in the playoffs and put his money where his mouth is by extending coach Lionel Hollins and bumping up Gay to a 5 year $84 million deal.
Gay is a 4 year pro out of Connecticut that has emerged as one of the top forwards in pro basketball betting. Last year Gay scored 19.6 points per game. Gay will be expected to take more of a leadership role going forward to go with his great numbers.
Mayo is a 2 year pro out of USC that became a near instant basketball sports betting asset with 17.5 points per game average last year while ranking 2nd on the team in assists.
Guard Mike Conley, a 3 year pro out of Ohio State, led the Grizzlies in assists and is another important component to the team’s success. He also chipped in 12 points per game.
Hollins emerged as one of the top developers of young talent in all of basketball betting. The Grizzlies rapid rise demonstrated the respect and commitment that the players have for the coach. The big key obviously will be for Hollins to lead Memphis into their next phase as a playoff team.