30 Teams in 30 Days: Grizzlies look to build on breakthrough season

Eventually, if all goes according to the blueprint, a team built primarily through the draft finally matures and achieves the breakthrough season. 

 Winners of 56 games, second only to the Suns, the Grizz were thrilling to watch and hell to play against, as evidenced by their social media buzz and bottom line results.

But he had company: Desmond Bane became a prolific 3-point shooter, Jaren Jackson Jr. an ace rim protector, Brandon Clarke was terrific in the playoffs and Ziaire Williams improved rapidly.

When you’ve spent the last few years drafting wisely and nurturing your young talent, the next step is protecting the assets for the long haul.

Robert Pera, the team owner and a Goliath in the tech world, is worth multiple billions, and if all goes well with the Grizzlies, he’ll be lighter in the wallet in the near few years.

Therefore, the small-market team with big plans will soon have a big payroll.

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