These 5 Grizzlies get passing grades one month into the 2021-22 season

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With the first month of the 2021-22 NBA season in the books, we’re giving out grades to some of the Memphis Grizzlies players that have stood out in the first four weeks of action.

We’re still so early into the season, but with 15 games under our belt, we’re starting to get a decent sample size of how the rest of the season may play out, statistics-wise.

Some stats are troubling, while others are unbelievably great. Here’s hoping these Memphis Grizzlies continue trending in the right direction.

Let’s take a look at some grades.

No 1. Memphis Grizzlies guard Desmond Bane

Grade: A-

Shooting guard Desmond Bane has made an impressive leap, thus far avoiding the dreaded “sophomore slump” that can typically haunt players.

Bane has enjoyed one of the biggest leaps in scoring averages in the entire NBA, averaging 5 points more per game than he did last season.

He’s improved in just about every statistical category: points, rebounds, assists, and 2-pt field goal percentage.

Being promoted to the starting lineup seems to have helped the talented Bane get going a little earlier and receive kick-out passes from a driving Ja Morant.

Bane gets an A- in the first month of play. He misses getting a coveted A+ grade because of a major three-point skid during the month of November.

Bane has gone cold from three this month, averaging a dismal 24% from beyond the arc—surprising when you consider that he’s nearly a 40% shooter from three during his career.