As November draws to a close, the NBA has broached the quarter-season mark. Twenty games might not look like a lot, but there’s plenty which could be taken away from the play of any group through this stage in this season.
The season has been a sudden one so much, even more so to get its teams that live in the Southwest division. Up and down, the Southwest has not performed just how anyone expected it to.
How have these teams?
Memphis Grizzlies — B+
Grit and Grind has not made a comeback, like it was 2013, but this season was started by the Memphis Grizzlies.
While they’ve come back down from a sudden start, the 12-8 Grizzlies sit on top of the branch and look much improved from the 22-60 squad they ran outside onto the court . 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 year because of injury, and his return has his seasoned partner in crime, Marc Gasol.
Gasol has boosted his numbers after an underwhelming 2017; the Spaniard is among five players this season to average at least 18 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block per game. Meanwhile, Kyle Anderson Garrett Temple and Shelvin Mack have proved competent additions as well.
Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. has also played in a high degree; 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 division at the quarter mark, or perhaps any mark, this year. But, with all the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets underperforming to a substantial level, this is where they have found themselves. They can think about their year a success so far, although they may not hold all season.
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