After taking the basketball world by complete surprise and climbing their way to the third seed in the Western Conference, the Memphis Grizzlies have suddenly emerged as the biggest threat to the Phoenix Suns and Golden State Warriors to win the West. Even though they’re widely considered one of the most complete two-way teams in the NBA, the Grizzlies still have a little room for improvement.

If they are to take the next step and make a deep postseason run then this could be their chance to improve their deep and dynamic roster. As they continue to make strides and improvements and showcase their potential, we’ll take a look at the biggest need the Grizzlies must address ahead of the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline.

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Grizzlies Needs During 2022 NBA Trade Deadline

Biggest area of need Grizzlies must address at the 2022 NBA Trade Deadline: An elite scoring forward

As great as they’ve been this season, the Grizzlies could use a stretch forward who would provide them with a ton of scoring both on the wing and the interior. A few names that come to mind for this are Brandon Ingram and Jerian Grant who are both elite players with superstar potential on non-contending teams.

In both players, the Grizzlies would get a young and athletic combo forward with a well-rounded offensive game who could be the missing link to their title run. Due to their two-way style of play though, Grant would be the more ideal fit with the team and his versatility on both ends of the floor would make this upstart Grizzlies squad merely unstoppable.


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Ingram would also be a great pick-up for them, but he’s been known to be something of a defensive liability and with Memphis’ defense-first approach to the game, this would prove to be highly problematic for them as the season wears on. Regardless, they’d still be getting a massive upgrade offensively in their frontcourt rotation that’d give them an additional scoring punch. The Grizz can’t go wrong either way, but if they’re hoping to overcome the likes of the Warriors and Suns in the NBA Playoffs, then they’d be better off choosing Grant over Ingram.

However, with the right tweaks, adjustments, and work put in, Ingram could become a lockdown defender in Memphis and emerge as a complete two-way superstar who could help elevate the Grizzlies and round out their star-studded roster to perfection. This may be tough for them to pull off and it may require them to give up more than they’d want to in a potential deal for either player, but it may be the one move that gets them deep into the postseason sooner than expected.

In their relentless pursuit of Western Conference supremacy and an NBA championship, making this addition to their rotation would greatly increase their chances of making their dreams a reality this season. It does speak very well for the Grizzlies though, as they’re just one big fix away from making a potential run to the NBA Finals, and if they’re able to pull the trigger and make this deal happen without having to give up too much equity then this year’s title may very well be theirs to lose.