NBA Daily: First Quarter Grades: Southwest Division

The NBA has broached the mark as November draws to a close. Twenty games may not seem like a lot, but there is plenty which can be taken away in the drama of any group through this point in the season.
The 2018-19 season has been a surprising one so far, even more so for the teams which live in the Southwest branch. Up and down, the Southwest hasn’t played out just how anyone expected it to.
So, how have these teams?
Memphis Grizzlies — B+
Grit and Grind has not made a comeback, like it had been 2013, but this season was began by the Memphis Grizzlies.
While they have come back down by a surprising 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 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 season because of 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 among five players this season to average at least 18 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block per game. Meanwhile, Garrett Temple, Kyle Anderson and Shelvin Mack have proved competent additions too.
Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. has also played at 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 weren’t expected by many to lead the division at the quarter mark, or maybe some markers, this year. Where they have found themselves, However, with the New Orleans Pelicans and Houston Rockets underperforming to a level, this is. They can think about a success so far, although they may not hold onto that branch all season.

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