In 1995 the Vancouver Grizzlies along with the Toronto Raptors became the first teams from Canada to join the NBA after the Toronto Huskies in 1946.
The Vancouver Grizzlies were based in Vancouver, Canada and initially planned to be named the Vancouver Mounties. However, the team later choose to be named the Vancouver Grizzlies after the Canadian Grizzly bear, which is also their team logo. They were among the former teams to have their own website in the NBA. Their colors were Teal, Black and Red.
In its first year in the NBA, the Grizzlies were coached by Brian Winters and played their first game against the Portland Trailblazers on 3rd November 1995. The Grizzlies went on to win the first two matches played against the Portland Trailblazers and the Minnesota Timberwolves however ended the season with their lowest win loss ratio of 15 wins and 67 losses. Their home arena was the General Motors Place. The team learnt with experience, and showed signs of improvement.
In 1996 the team was coached by Brian Winter and Stu Jackson. The same year the team drafted Shareef Abdur Rahim.
In 1997 the team got its new coach in Brian Hill. That year they finished sixth with a 19- 63 win loss ratio.
In 1998, the Grizzlies drafted Mike Bibby who in his debut year was selected to the All- Rookie First Team. The same year Abdur Rahim scored his career highest 23.0 points per game.
In 1999, the team was coached by Brian Hill and Lionel Hollins. It was then that the Grizzlies drafted Steve Francis who was later traded to Houston Rockets following his discontent to play with the Vancouver team. The Grizzlies once again finished in last place with 22 wins and 60 losses.
In 2000, after decreasing home support and subsequent losses, the team was relocated to Memphis. After the relocation the team was renamed as the Memphis Grizzlies.