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The Grizzlies are an elite team because of a gritty defense and fabulous post play on offense.
The Grizzlies frontcourt combination of Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph is arguably the best frontcourt in the NBA. Not only are they all All-Star level talents, but they work well together and are fun to watch.
From Gasol's passing and rugged post defense, to Gay's versatility and shot-creation abilities and to the rebounding bull that is Randolph, it's no wonder why the Grizzlies are one of the best teams in the league.
On the defensive end, the Grizzlies are the second most efficient defensive team in the NBA and rank fourth in rebounding rate. It helps that they happen to have, arguably, the best perimeter defender in the league in Tony Allen, who is also paired up with an underrated defender in Mike Conley.
They're also tied for first in offensive rebounding rate with the Denver Nuggets, largely due to the presence of Randolph.
On top of all these players, they have a capable coach in Lionel Hollins, who proved his quality after the Grizzlies' surprising playoff run in 2011.