NBA Daily: First Quarter Grades: Southwest Division

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The mark has been broached by the NBA, as November draws to a close. Twenty games might not seem like a whole lot, but there’s plenty that can be taken away from the drama of any team through this stage in the season.
The 2018-19 season has been a sudden one so far, even more so. Down and up, the Southwest hasn’t played out just how anyone expected it to.
So, how have these teams?
Memphis Grizzlies — B+
Grit and Grind hasn’t made a comeback, like it had been 2013, but this year was began by the Memphis Grizzlies.
While they have come back down from a sudden start, the 12-8 Grizzlies sit on top of the division and look much improved by the 22-60 squad they ran outside 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 galvanized his veteran partner in crime, Marc Gasol.
Gasol has fostered his numbers after an underwhelming 2017; the Spaniard is one of five players this year to average at least 18 points, nine rebounds, one steal and one block per game. Meanwhile, the Kyle Anderson, Garrett Temple and Shelvin Mack have proved additions.
Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. has also played in 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 maybe some markers, this season. Where they have found themselves, However, with Houston Rockets underperforming and the New Orleans Pelicans into a degree, this is. They are able to consider their year a success thus far, although they may not hold all season.

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