The NBA has broached the mark, as November draws to a close. Twenty games might not seem like a whole lot, but there is plenty which can be removed from the drama of any team through this stage in this season.
The 2018-19 season has been a surprising one so far, even more so. Down and up, the Southwest has not played out how anyone expected it to.
How have these teams done for this point in the season?
Memphis Grizzlies — B+
Grit and Grind has not made a comeback, but this year was began by the Memphis Grizzlies like it had been 2013.
While they have come back down from a sudden start, that the 12-8 Grizzlies sit on top of the branch and look much improved from the 22-60 group they ran outside on the court . Mike Conley, who’s averaged 20.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 20 games, has rebounded after he missed most of last year due to injury, and his return has galvanized his seasoned partner in crime, Marc Gasol.
Gasol has fostered his numbers following an abysmal 2017; the Spaniard is one of five players this season to average at least 18 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block per game. Meanwhile, the Garrett Temple, Kyle Anderson and Shelvin Mack have demonstrated additions too.
Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. has also played in a high level; the former Michigan State Spartan has averaged 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, one steal and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 34.9 percent on 2.2 three-point attempts per game.
The Grizzlies were not expected by many to lead the branch at the quarter mark, or maybe any mark, this season. However, with all the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets underperforming to a level, this is where they have found themselves. They may not hold all season, but they can consider their year a success so far.
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