Chandler Parsons believes the Grizzlies have the best starting five in the NBA

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Chandler Parsons switched Dallas for Memphis yesterday as it was confirmed the forward was the latest addition to the Grizzlies roster in free agency.

Only a few weeks ago, things weren't looking so great in Tennessee. Nobody was sure if Mike Conley was going to re-sign with the organisation and if he hadn't, their power to attract free agents certainly would have waned.

But, after the point guard signed to a max-contract worth a reported $130 million over five years - which is only $1.1 million less than what Michael Jordan's final contract with the Bulls was worth - things have begun looking up at FedEx Forum.

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Parsons has arrived at the franchise in a bullish mood, and Tim McMahon of ESPN reported one of his bold statements at after inking his multi-year deal.

"I don't care what anybody says, that's one of the best starting fives in the NBA," Parsons said.

He's not that far from the truth, in all honesty. Starting with Conley at the point, he is normally supported in the backcourt by Tony Allen, who Kobe Bryant called the toughest defender he ever faced throughout his 20-year career.

Then, they now have the combination of Zach Randolph and Parsons in the frontcourt with Marc Gasol at the pivot.

All five of them would make any team they were on better, but the depth they have acquired on the bench led by Vince Carter is also impressive.

There is a reason they have made the playoffs six years in a row and Parsons, 27, has every reason to believe they will contend this year.

However, considering the Golden State Warriors have added Kevin Durant to their team who won 73 games last year, I wouldn't say the Grizzlies are the very best just yet.

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