Brooks’ Return Will Give Memphis the Defense Boost They Need

After suffering a hand fracture last summer, Grizzlies’ PG Dillon Brooks was officially listed as “questionable” for tonight’s game against the Hornets. The Memphis point guard has yet to play a game this season for the Grizzlies, but he has played minutes in two simulated games with the G-League affiliate Hustle. Last season, Brooks put together the most well-rounded year of his young career, combining 17.2 PPG with his well established defensive presence. It’s that defense in particular the Grizzlies have missed this season as they currently rank 28th overall in team defense, just ahead of the lowly Pelicans and Hornets. As Brooks prepares to return, we have calculated his Optimal Recovery Time to still be a few weeks away. On a more positive note, his Health Performance Factor is Above Average at 79%. The Grizzlies currently hold onto a 3-way tie for 5th place in the Western Conference at 6-3, and with Brooks’ return on the horizon, it looks like the young Grizzlies could have another playoff berth in the future.


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