Take a bow Desmond Bane – Congratulations on an incredible second NBA season.

The Memphis Grizzlies’ season ended Friday night with a Game 6 playoff loss to the Golden State Warriors. The Grizzlies wouldn’t have reached the second round without the TCU legend by Desmond Bane incredible regular season and first-round playoff performances. When Ja Morant symbolically gave Bane his most improved player award, he wasn’t kidding. Bane has made incredible progress in his all-around game in his second NBA season, and Grizzlies fans can’t contain their excitement for the future in Memphis.

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May 13, 2022; San Francisco, California, USA; Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane (22) flexes after blocking a shot attempt by Golden State Warriors guard Jordan Poole (3) in the second quarter during Game 6 of the second round of the 2022 NBA Playoffs at Chase Center . Mandatory Credit: Cary Edmondson – USA TODAY Sports

In the Game 6 loss to the Warriors, Bane shot 4-7 (57.1%) on three point attempts, 9-16 (56.3%) from the field and 3-4 (75%) from the charity band. Bane’s decision making and overall basketball IQ are off the charts. His work off and on the ball is breathtaking. He is efficiency personified.

Despite a lower back issue in the second round against the Warriors, Bane managed to pass and put up monster numbers in this year’s playoffs.

Bane was clearly feeling the back pain in Games 1-4 of the Golden State series. Cut out the games he led with the bad back, and he averaged 23 points per playoff game when healthy.

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Steph Curry and Klay Thompson may have won the battle this year, but Ja Morant, Desmond Bane and Memphis Grizzlies have faith in the future. Like it should be. Morant (22) and Bane (23) are the future top backcourt duo in the NBA, and they’re not the only young stars on this Grizzlies team. Jaren Jackson Jr. (22) and Zaire Williams (20) round out this young core that should lead Memphis deeper and deeper into the playoffs each year.

As the sun begins to set on Steph Curry (34), Klay Thompson (32) and the Golden State Warriors, a new horizon begins in Memphis. With each passing year, Steph and Klay move closer to the twilight of their primes while Ja and Desmond knock on the door of the best years of their careers.

Ja Morant and Desmond Bane are working to become the undisputed best duo in the NBA. By the time it’s all said and done, Desmond Bane will also have erased the splash brothers from the history books in 3 points.

Congratulations to the Golden State Warriors for winning an entertaining series. Enjoy it while you can, because your time is almost up.


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