"We feel that one of our strengths this year is depth. We want to see guys do more in less time. Not to say guys don't play hard, but we want to keep them from getting slow," Joerger said.
One player to watch will be rookie Jamaal Franklin, who could score at will while at San Diego State. Although Franklin will be facing much stiffer competition in the NBA, he will provide a scoring spark off the bench.
COACHING: The biggest question mark surrounding the team is Joerger. After serving as an assistant under Hollins for the past five season, it is likely Joerger will implement a similar style for the Grizzlies this season.
Joerger would like to see his team play at a faster pace in 2013-14 and also spread the floor more. Specifically, Joerger would like to see more of Randolph in the high-post, clearing out traffic around the basket for Gasol.
Additionally, Randolph has above-average skills off the dribble for a guy his size, and can use his large frame to out muscle and beat defenders to the rim.
"When Marc and Zach get the ball in the first 10 seconds of the shot clock, we're much for effective. Not only do they score, but we score more often. We're not going to run up and down and take 25-foot jumpers, but we will look to move around a lot more," said Joerger.
OUTLOOK: Memphis improved its bench, but is tweaking its system. With the offense geared toward more possessions and shots early in the clock, the Grizzlies have a chance to take a step forward offensively. While Joerger will look to change the offense a bit, it is still instrumental to this team to play defense at a high level. Spacing the floor will only help Randolph and Gasol thrive, and a faster-paced game is more suitable for Conley, a speedy guard. Look for Memphis to compete for the Western Conference crown once again.