Memphis finished fifth in defense in the preseason, and Hollins noted his bench outscored their opponents' bench every night.
"I think we have made strides," Hollins said. "Our younger guys have gotten better. That's always the key in this league is the development of players. You have so many young guys, they come in with notoriety and they come in with talent. But from a fundamental and skill level and understanding how to win, it has to be developed."