NBA Daily: First Quarter Grades: Southwest Division

The quarter-season mark has been broached by the NBA, as November draws to a close. Twenty games may not look like a lot, but there is plenty that can be taken away in the drama of any group through this stage in the season.
The season has been a surprising one so much, even more so for the teams which reside in the Southwest branch. Down and up, the Southwest has not performed how anyone expected it to.
So, how have these teams performed to this point in the season?
Memphis Grizzlies — B+
Grit and Grind has not made a comeback, but the Memphis Grizzlies started this year like it had been 2013.
While they have come back down by a sudden start, the 12-8 Grizzlies sit on top of the division and appear much improved by the 22-60 squad they ran out 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 season due to injury, and his return has his veteran partner in crime, Marc Gasol.
Gasol has fostered his numbers following an abysmal 2017; the Spaniard is among five players this year 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 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 anticipated by many to lead the branch at the quarter mark, or perhaps any mark, this year. But, with Houston Rockets underperforming and all the New Orleans Pelicans into a substantial degree, this is where they’ve found themselves. They are able to consider a success so far, although they may not hold all season.

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