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SB Nation Power Rankings: Memphis Grizzlies debut at number eight

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Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

SB Nation has posted their first power rankings of the season, and the Grizzlies make a respectable debut. The top seven read as 1) SAS 2) LAC 3) Chicago 4) Cleveland 5) Golden State 6) Toronto 7) Houston -- worth noting that Toronto and Chicago both finished with worse records than Memphis last season.

Then we've got the well-summarized Grizzlies:

8. Memphis Grizzlies (last season's record: 50-32)

The Grizzlies will always be in the mix with the trio of Marc Gasol, Mike Conley and Zach Randolph, but this is a big year for Grit N' Grind because Gasol is on an expiring contract. This could be the last stand for a team that hasn't been able to get over the hump. A healthy Quincy Pondexter and newcomer Vince Carter could be big for the Grizzlies this year, but is that enough in the stacked West?

Is it enough? We here at GBB tend to think so.