Every year, ESPN comes out with its version of the Ultimate Standings, a comprehensive ranking of the best franchises to the worst in all of sports, meshing together baseball, basketball, football and more.
So, where did the Grizzlies finish? Second in the NBA—and second overall—behind the Spurs.
ESPN uses a system that evaluates team success and combines it with fan appreciation. It gets down to affordability, environment, stadium experience, etc. And apparently, the Grizzlies have the second-best combination that you can find.
The Grizzlies have been at the top of our franchise leaderboard for so long that they've started redecorating. They pulled the top spot in 2013, dipped ever so slightly to No. 4 last year and rebounded to runner-up position in 2015, sealing the deal. The Grizz just aren't going anywhere. Not in our franchise rankings and not in the standings that, you know, count (five straight playoff appearances).