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Last year's ranking: 1
Title track: 62
Fan relations: 13
Stadium experience: 2
Bang for the buck: 6
In 2013, when the Grizzlies shocked everyone (including us) by finishing first in our rankings, it was fair to ask whether the franchise had already peaked. Would new owner Robert Pera, a 36-year-old Silicon Valley billionaire, mesh with the old soul of Memphis? Would the team hold the line on prices as it tried to expand its reach across the South? Would the players be able to sustain their grit-and-grind intensity, especially given the organization's new commitment to analytics?
A year later, the answers seem to be yes, yes and yes. Former CEO Jason Levien, who did a lot of work to assemble this jigsaw puzzle, is gone, but the pieces are hanging together. After a rocky start, the Grizzlies went 50-32 and came within a game of knocking off Oklahoma City in the Western Conference quarterfinals. Coach Dave Joerger, after interviewing for a job in Minnesota, decided to stay. And Zach Randolph did too, raising hopes that Marc Gasol will also re-up in 2015. Through it all, fans keep enjoying very low prices -- the average cost of a Grizzlies game declined 1 percent last year, to $50.54 -- and crazy FedExForum fun. Come for the T-shirts, dance with the drum line and stay for the "Milk a Horse" bourbon punch, named for the trouble Tony Allen said Kevin Durant would have scoring in last year's playoffs.