Memphis Grizzlies, American expert basketball crew situated in Memphis, Tennessee, that plays in the Western Conference of the National Basketball Association (NBA).
The Grizzlies made their first appearance in 1995 and were initially situated in Vancouver as one of the two Canadian development establishments (nearby the Toronto Raptors) to join the NBA that year. They were promptly one of the most exceedingly awful groups in the class, winning close to 19 diversions in every one of their initial four seasons and completing at the base of their divisional standings in five of the six years they spent in Vancouver. This delayed purposelessness negatively affected the Grizzlies' participation numbers and productivity, and the group's possession moved the establishment to Memphis in 2001 out of an offer to expand income.
In the recently migrated group's first draft, it included Spanish forward Pau Gasol, who might go on become the Grizzlies' first top pick player. The group enlisted basketball symbol Jerry West to fill in as general chief in 2002. West immediately turned the group's fortunes around, and in 2003–04 Memphis won 50 diversions (a 22-win improvement from the past season) to gain the main play-off billet in establishment history. The Grizzlies lost in their opening postseason arrangement that year and encountered a similar destiny in both 2004–05 and 2005–06. Memphis' effective run was fleeting, and the group tumbled to a last-place complete in 2006–07. West left the Grizzlies in 2007, and Gasol was exchanged 2008 as the group started a revamping exertion.
Memphis came back to the postseason in 2010–11 behind the play of advances Zach Randolph and Rudy Gay, and the group continued to irritate the top-seeded San Antonio Spurs in six recreations to record its first play-off arrangement triumph. In 2012–13 Randolph, Marc Gasol (Pau's sibling), and a youthful, protective disapproved of squad progressed to the meeting finals without precedent for group history, where the Grizzlies lost to the Spurs. Memphis kept on meeting all requirements for the play-offs in the next years, however the maturing list delivered unavoidable losses, the group being cleared by the Spurs in the 2015–16 play-offs in the wake of having posted a 42–40 record in the standard season and putting a NBA record 28 players on the floor through the span of the year on account of widespread wounds. During the 2017–18 season the group was plagued by wounds to the greater part of its key players and limped to a division-most exceedingly terrible 22–60 record.