The Memphis Grizzlies is a professional basketball team in the NBA. They were established in 1995 and as of 2024, they are yet to win an NBA Championship but they already have 2 Division Titles to their name.

Team Profile

The Memphis Grizzlies, also known simply as Memphis or the Grizzlies, were founded in 1995. They play in the National Basketball Association in the Western Conference and the Southwest Division.

Their current home arena is FedEx Forum in Memphis, Tennessee. Their team colors are Beale Street blue, Memphis midnight blue, steel gray, and gold. They are affiliated with the Memphis Hustle in the NBA G League.

As of 2024, the team’s Head Coach is Taylor Jenkins. They were previously known as the Vancouver Grizzlies from 1995 to 2001.


This team was founded along with the Toronto Raptors in Vancouver, British Columbia due to the expansion of the NBA in Canada. In 2001, the team moved to Memphis.

The Grizzlies and the Raptors were the first teams to play in Canada since the 1946-47 Toronto Huskies.

Country United States United States
City Memphis, Tennessee
Founded 1995
Ground FedExForum
Nickname Grizzlies
Coach Taylor Jenkins

The team is owned by the Memphis Basketball, LLC, the General Manager is Zachary Kleiman and the Franchise President is Jason Wexler.

The Vancouver Mounties was the initial name chosen for the Grizzlies but there were objections from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and hence a new name had to be searched for. Then the name “Grizzlies” was selected in memory of the longtime cultural symbol of Canada the Grizzly Bear.

In 1997, Antonio Daniels was drafted by the Grizzlies. However, the team was ranked in the last place. In the 1998-99 season, Mike Bibby, the guard was drafted and still the team attained the last rank. Thereafter there was a lockout-shortened season in which the team won just eight games.

During the 1999 NBA draft, Steve Francis was selected by the Grizzlies but Francis cited some reasons in public why he was reluctant to join the team. In Vancouver, Francis was largely criticized and further traded in a 3-team 11-player deal to the Houston Rockets.

In the 2000-01 season, the home attendance of the fans was very low than expected and this was a big blow to the Grizzlies team members. However, when it was largely conceived that the team would be relocated before the next season the support of the fans increased considerably.

In the 2001-02 season, the Grizzlies played for the first time in Memphis. In this season Pau Gasol won the NBA Rookie of the Year.

During the 2003-04 season, Hubie Brown was hired as a coach for the team.

In the next season, for the first time in team history, the Grizzlies reached the NBA playoffs and the NBA Coach of the Year award went to Brown. The team was ranked sixth in the Western Conference.

In the 2013 playoffs, the Grizzlies reached the Conference Finals but lost in a sweep to the San Antonio Spurs. In 2022, they made the Conference Semi-Finals with Ja Morant starring, though they lost to the would-be 2022 NBA Champions, the Golden State Warriors.

Major Achievements

  • 2 Division Titles (2022, 2023)

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