ESPN The Magazine Names Memphis Grizzlies Best Sports Franchise of 2013

Posted on September 25, 2013

Cam Newton covers ESPN the Magazine

ESPN the Magazine has named the Memphis Grizzlies the best sports franchise of 2013. The NBA team topped the magazine's 11th annual Ultimate Standings survey. Carolina Panthers QB Cam Newton, who is profiled in the issue, is featured on the cover.

The Grizzlies finished among the top 10 in 13 of the 25 categories, including "likeable players," and "bang for the buck." They were one of four NBA teams to rank in the top five overall. Last year's Ultimate Standings leader, the Oklahoma City Thunder, slipped to fourth place. The Son Antonio Spurs finished 2nd and the Indiana Pacers finished third. The Green Bay Packers came in fifth. Here is the top ten list:
  1. Memphis Grizzlies (NBA)
  2. San Antonio Spurs (NBA)
  3. Indiana Pacers (NBA)
  4. Oklahoma City Thunder (NBA)
  5. Green Bay Packers (NFL)
  6. Arizona Diamondbacks (MLB)
  7. Pittsburgh Penguins (NHL)
  8. Anaheim Ducks (NHL)
  9. Ottawa Senators (NHL)
  10. Baltimore Ravens (NFL)
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