Tuesday December 5, 2023

Memphis’ Taylor Jenkins Shouldn’t Be Overlooked for COTY

  • The Grizzlies have the second-best record in the NBA with the second-youngest roster and second-lowest payroll in the league. 
  • They're 16-2 without Ja Morant this season, 13 of which they've won by 10+ points.
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Third-year head coach Taylor Jenkins took over a 33-win Grizzlies team in 2019-20 — and turned them into championship contenders.

With eight games remaining, Memphis clinched the postseason in a 133-103 win over the Pacers on Thursday. Not only have the Grizzlies (51-23) been winning without Ja Morant, who’s out for at least two weeks (knee), but they have the second-best record in the NBA with the second-youngest roster in the league. 

Yet Jenkins, who is overachieving with the team, remains a long shot for Coach of the Year (+800*), trailing Phoenix’s Monty Williams (-200*) and Miami’s Erik Spoelstra (+700*).

  • The Grizzlies are 16-2 without Morant this season; they won 13 of those by 10+ points.
  • Without Ja, their offensive rating is 118.9, they’re scoring 118.1 PPG, and shooting 38.4% from three — which would all rank first in the NBA.
  • Jenkins and GM Zachary Kleiman are working with the second-lowest payroll in the league ($117.3M).

The 37-year-old comes from Mike Budenholzer’s coaching tree, which includes prominent player development coaches such as Quin Snyder and Kenny Atkinson.

Even with a firm grip on hosting a first-round series — and a chance to hold on to the 2-seed, the Grizzlies have just the ninth-best (+2200*) title odds.

But at this rate, no one will want to run into these Grizzlies in the playoffs — with or without Morant.

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