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Grizzlies ranked #3 in NBA in ESPN’s Ultimate Standings

The Grizzlies drop one spot from 2015, but still make the top five in ESPN’s ratings of NBA franchises.

NBA: Charlotte Hornets at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

ESPN released its “Ultimate Standings” today, a list of sports franchises based on several different factors, including success and affordability. The list, which ranks teams across all four major American sports leagues (NBA, NFL, MLB, NHL), contains an overall rank as well as ranks by sports.

The Grizzlies come in at #3 in the NBA, behind only San Antonio and Cleveland, and number 14 overall. Both of those are down from last year’s rankings, where the Grizzlies ranked #2 in the NBA and #2 overall.

Most (if not all) of that drop can be attributed to the club’s poor injury luck at the end of the season (there’s a pretty big emphasis on winning in the rankings). Here’s what Morty Ain had to say about the Grizzlies in the blurb:

Let Memphis-born legend Ric Flair sum up this past season for Grizz fans: "WOOOOO!!!" Despite a deluge of trades and injuries, Memphis, against all odds, still managed to snag their sixth straight playoff appearance. That same charmed existence continued in our standings. The Grizzlies once again stayed close to the top by tag-teaming an affordable product with a roster that just refuses to quit.

You can also read the breakdown of ESPN’s scoring system, as well as the good and bad of the Grizzlies here.

In spite of dropping, Grizz fans should still feel proud of their team for being ranked so highly, and, if injuries don’t derail things again this year, maybe they can make a leap back into the top five overall in 2017.