After a disappointing end to the 2022-23 NBA season, where the second-seeded Memphis Grizzlies were defeated by the seventh-seeded Los Angeles Lakers in the first round of the playoffs, the team will have to pick up the pieces and figure out how to seek vengeance next season. to return with.
Unfortunately, things got off to a bad start for the Grizzlies, with superstar guard Ja Morant again having trouble off the court, resulting in a 25-game suspension to start the 2022-23 campaign.
Despite the Grizzlies facing a franchise deal early next season, the team announced some good news this week, with Memphis exercising its option on forward/center Xavier Tillman Sr.
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Even though Tillman is not a big-name player in the league and is not considered to be among the elite at his position, he is a solid player and seems to be improving with each passing season.
Although Steven Adams was sorely missed in the playoffs against the Lakers, Tillman proved his worth to the team going forward, and may have performed well enough in the postseason for the team to exercise the option, leading to a . Paved the way for the future.
In 61 games during the regular season, Tillman averaged 7.0 points, 5.0 rebounds and 1.0 steals per game while shooting 61.4% from the floor.
Tillman may not be a game-changer like Adams, but he is a solid role player who can help propel this team back to being one of the best teams in the Western Conference.
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