As November draws to a close, the NBA has broached the quarter-season mark. Twenty games may not seem like a lot, but there’s plenty which could be removed in the play of any team through this point in the season.
The 2018-19 season has been rather a sudden one so much, even more so to get the teams which live in the Southwest branch. Down and up, the Southwest hasn’t played out how anyone expected it to.
So, how have these teams done for this stage in the season?
Memphis Grizzlies — B+
Grit and Grind has not made a comeback, like it was 2013 but this season was began by the Memphis Grizzlies.
While they’ve come back down from a sudden start, that the 12-8 Grizzlies sit on top of the division and appear much improved by the 22-60 group they ran out on the court last season. Mike Conley, who has averaged 20.3 points, 3.4 rebounds, 6.6 assists and 1.2 steals in 20 matches, has rebounded after he missed most of last season because of injury, and his return has his seasoned partner in crime, Marc Gasol.
Gasol has boosted 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 at a high degree; the former Michigan State Spartan has averaged 12.7 points, 4.5 rebounds, a steal and 2.1 blocks per game while shooting 34.9 percent on 2.2 three-point attempts per game.
The Grizzlies weren’t anticipated by many to lead the division at the quarter mark, or maybe any mark, this season. Where they’ve found themselves, but, with Houston Rockets underperforming and all the New Orleans Pelicans into a level, this is. They may not hold onto that branch all season, but they are able to consider a success so far.
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