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2022 NBA Training Camp Observations: Grizzlies, Warriors, Mavs, Clippers, Pelicans, Jazz, Spurs

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Remaining 2022 NBA training camp observations.

I wonder who will become that legit 4th option for the Grizzlies

Dillon Brooks certainly knows how to score the basketball (18.4 PPG last season), but it isn’t at an efficient clip (career 42.1% field goal percentage). He also enters free agency in 2023. So whoever develops into that legit 4th option along with Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Desmond Bane will be very interesting for Memphis.

Warriors 2nd unit is deep, Wiseman’s impressive return

Replacing Gary Payton II on defense should be tough at first for Golden State, but it already looks like Donte DiVincenzo, Jonathan Kuminga, and Moses Moody are up for the challenge. Also with James Wiseman back, this gives the Warriors a stellar big man defense of Draymond Green, Kevon Looney, and Wiseman.

Mavs were already a team with a lot of scorers, so losing Jalen Brunson shouldn’t be that bad

I personally believe that the style Dallas plays on offense should help them get over losing Jalen Brunson. Also they have a rookie named Jaden Hardy who has the potential to fill Brunson’s spot as a scorer/playmaker.

Clippers are extremely deep, but defense will determine how far they go

Expect a ridiculous amount of LA Clippers to average double figures this season. We know Ty Lue’s group can put up points at a very high level, but someone’s gonna need to step up as that 2nd trusted defender with Kawhi Leonard.

Sky’s the limit for New Orleans if Zion can stay healthy, in amazing shape right now

A healthy Zion Williamson combined with the rest of New Orleans’ roster creates a combination of scoring and defense that will be hard to stop. I’m super excited for Williamson to get back on the court with a clear mind.

Jazz & Spurs have no identity

Utah & San Antonio both shot the ball poorly/let up a bunch of points during their first preseason games. Obviously they are two teams in a rebuild, but if they don’t figure out a confident gameplan before opening night, it’s going to be a frustrating season full of beatdowns, not just single digit losses.

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