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NBA Daily: First Quarter Grades: Southwest Division

As November draws to a close, the quarter-season mark has been broached by the NBA. Twenty games may not look like a lot, but there's plenty which could be removed in the drama of any group through this stage in this season.
The 2018-19 season has been quite a surprising one so far, even more so to get the teams that reside in the Southwest branch. Down and up, the Southwest hasn't played out just how anyone expected it to.
How have these teams done to this stage in the season?
Memphis Grizzlies -- B+
Grit and Grind has not made a comeback, like it had been 2013 but this year was started by the Memphis Grizzlies.
While they've come back down by a surprising start, that the 12-8 Grizzlies sit on peak of the branch and look much improved by the 22-60 group they ran outside 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 due to 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, Shelvin Mack, Kyle Anderson and Garrett Temple have demonstrated additions too.
Rookie Jaren Jackson Jr. has also played in 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 anticipated by many to lead the branch at the quarter mark, or perhaps any mark, this season. But, with Houston Rockets underperforming and all the New Orleans Pelicans into a level, this is where they have found themselves. They may not hold onto that division all season, but they are able to consider their year a success thus far.

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