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ESPN releases training camp ranking for the Memphis Grizzlies

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NBA: Playoffs-San Antonio Spurs at Memphis Grizzlies Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

NBA Critics are all over the spectrum when it comes to the Memphis Grizzlies. Opening night is just over one month away, and Marc Stein of ESPN ranked all 30 NBA teams as we inch closer to the opening of training camp.

Stein slotted the Grizzlies in the top 10 of his list, ranking them eighth and putting them ahead of playoff teams like the Oklahoma City Thunder, Portland Trail Blazers, Indiana Pacers, Atlanta Hawks, and the Houston Rockets.

Here’s his explanation for ranking Memphis eighth overall:

Mike Conley emerging as the highest-paid player in NBA history? Chandler Parsons vacating his "assistant GM" role in Dallas to join his third Southwest Division team in four seasons? Committee fave Nick Van Exel coaching alongside new boss David Fizdale? Age and health remain major question marks in Memphis, but the Griz will be an irresistible watch because of those first three sentences ... at least to us.”

As Memphis gets healthier, they should be in contention in the Western Conference. Last season, the Grizzlies showed, even with 28 players, that they can contend with role players.

Imagine a Memphis team that is 100 percent healthy.

The Grizzlies open up the regular season on Oct. 26th at home against the Minnesota Timberwolves.