As November draws to a close, the NBA has broached the mark. Twenty games may not look like a whole lot, but there is a lot that could be taken away in the drama of any team through this stage in the season.
The 2018-19 season has been a surprising one so much, even more so. Down and up, the Southwest has not played out how anyone expected it to.
How have these teams?
Memphis Grizzlies — B+
Grit and Grind hasn’t made a comeback, but this season was began by the Memphis Grizzlies like it was 2013.
While they’ve come back down by a surprising start, the 12-8 Grizzlies sit at the peak of the branch and appear much improved from the 22-60 squad they ran out onto the court last season. Mike Conley, who’s 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 galvanized his veteran partner in crime, Marc Gasol.
Gasol has fostered 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 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 expected by many to lead the branch at the quarter mark, or perhaps any mark, this season. But, with Houston Rockets underperforming and the New Orleans Pelicans to a substantial level, this is where they have found themselves. They might not hold all season, but they can think about their year a success so far.
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