San Antonio Spurs: Ranking 5 Southwest teams on the Disaster Scale
2. Memphis Grizzlies
Ah, we can finally relax and focus on more positive things now. The last two teams on this list don't really have any infrastructure issues they're dealing with -- at least nothing public, anyway. While the aforementioned teams are trending down, Memphis is very much trending upward in every sense.
The Grizzlies' surprise play-in tournament victory gave them their first playoff appearance since 2016-17. With a young nucleus of Ja Morant, Dillon Brooks, and Jaren Jackson Jr, it's unlikely it'll be their last.
Memphis continued their seemingly endless streak of being a grind-out defensive force this season, finishing sixth overall in defensive rating. They also have one of the league's most dynamic scorers and most exciting young stars in Morant.
Beyond their rising potential on the court, Memphis has a solid foundation behind the scenes as well. Team President Jason Wexler and GM Zachary Kleiman took over basketball operations in 2019 and have already overseen the Grizzlies becoming the youngest team to make the playoffs since Oklahoma City in 2011.
Their hiring of Taylor Jenkins as head coach has paid off as well. As our colleagues at Beale Street Bears wrote, he accelerated the Grizzlies' rebuild by taking them to the playoffs so quickly.
This summer will be interesting for Memphis, who undoubtedly need to upgrade their roster from the 3-point line to keep up with the changing NBA. And speaking of teams that need to do that --
Disaster Scale: Stock is rising