Why Memphis Grizzlies Do and Don't Deserve Their Early Contender Status

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Why Memphis Grizzlies Do and Don't Deserve Their Early Contender Status
Nelson Chenault-US PRESSWIRE

The Memphis Grizzlies have continued their stretch of improvement and have started the season 8-2. Though they are currently atop the Southwest Division and look the best they have since Lionel Hollins assumed full-time coaching duties in 2009, it's a bit too early for fans to get excited.

To their credit, Memphis does look great thus far and has a new attitude that's only going to help them going forward. Mike Conley looks as locked in as ever at the point, and Zach Randolph appears to have finally found the balance that eluded him up until this year. In terms of leadership, Rudy Gay has been incredible and appears well on his way to his first All-Star berth.

However, Memphis still has a long way to go if they want to be considered top contenders. They are still a very young team and are learning the ins and outs of defeating more experienced crews.

They definitely deserve something of a contender status, but not to the point where they should be ranked among the best.

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