Dan Quinn guided Atlanta to the Super Bowl last season and has the team on the brink of returning to the playoffs again this season.
Woodside has a slight frame and limited strength across his body, which inhibits his ability to work through contact in the pocket. His arm talent lacks downfield finishing ability to maximize his underneath efficiency and ball placement.
Williams has the body type of an NFL free safety, with 6-3, 200-plus-pound measurables and a frame to add weight. He has the athleticism and quick reactions to be a force in the NFL in the mid-field and in the run game.
White is built like a prototype box safety with outstanding length and size with ripped forearms. White is an explosive, coordinated athlete with great lateral control and center of gravity. White relies on physicality and long arms to stifle routes before they are allowed to develop.
Brandner is the most experienced player on Duke’s offensive line, with over 30 starts to his name. He has great technique in pass blocking and has attitude as a run blocker, though his lack of size hurts him against power rushers.
Grizzlies fans have seen the image above far too often. Two more key contributors, two more players who have a ton of money invested in them (roughly $29 million combined this season), two more sad stories of missed opportunity. Chandler Parsons and Brandan Wright have played less minutes combined (859) than Marc Gasol, Tyreke Evans, Dillon Brooks, and James Ennis III.
Now that the tank is engaged, the fact that Parsons and Wright are/have been out and Brooks and Deyonta Davis are in has its perks. Davis is getting good run and is showing real potential (+17 net rating in the all-too-small sample size of 298 minutes played), but some of that time has come against end of bench reserves when the game is already out of reach. Wright (+20 in 315 minutes played, .178 win shares per 48 minutes is best on the team) is still the superior player, and if Brendan would be able to play 600+ minutes to this point the Grizzlies almost surely would be a bit better off.
When it comes to Dillon Brooks, his issues have been discussed here before. He is being asked to do far more than he is capable of doing as a 2nd round pick turned NBA starter. His -11 net rating shows that, as does his team worst (besides Kobi Simmons) 7.9 PER and his 2nd worst among players with 800 or more minutes played win shares per 48 minutes (.035). Again, there is a positive to this- he is getting experience he may not have gotten otherwise, and that should pay off in the long term.