4. Team that doesn't make sense: Memphis Grizzlies
The Memphis Grizzlies started the season with a six-game losing streak and a 6-19 record, prior to the return of Ja Morant from his league-mandated 25-game suspension. While Morant was clearly a huge void (4-3 since his return), the Grizzlies haven't been nearly as good of a defensive team as in years past (11th in defensive efficiency, compared to finishing in the top-four in the same category in eacxh of the last two seasons).
This shouldn't be a surprise, as the Grizzlies decided against retaining the aforementioned Dillon Brooks, who is one of the best defensive forwards in the league. Morant surely wouldn't have changed that.
Marcus Smart would, as he's also one of the best defenders in the league and nabbed the Defensive Player award just two seasons ago. Smart has missed a significant amount of time due to injury, however.
And although Tate could be a formidable fill-in for Brooks, from a skillset standpoint for Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins, the Grizzlies are one of the worst shooting teams in the league (33.2 percent from deep), which would make Tate's inability to shoot an even bigger liability.
Not to mention the fact that Vince Williams has actually been playing the role of Brooks quite well for the Grizzlies.