The Memphis Grizzlies have survived a significant portion of the 2011-12 schedule. With a 3-5 record to this point, the Grizzlies haven't lived up to the expectations set for them thus far.
Meanwhile, the Grizzlies haven't been played as miserably as they have in some of their worse seasons.
With that said, time has come to give an early assessment of the key Grizzlies players. Some, like Marc Gasol, are doing quite nicely. Some haven't done very well, while others yet have been weighed down by injuries.
Certain criteria are used to judge which players will be graded. Those who have have started, played at least half of the Grizzlies games and/or at least 20 minutes per game will be graded. Thus, Dante Cunningham will be featured since he has played every game and started four, despite playing only 18 minutes per game.
One exception is Zach Randolph, who went down with a partial MCL tear early in the fourth game of the season against the Chicago Bulls.
Read along to see how key players have been graded for the first eight games.