Mar 27, 2012; Memphis, TN, USA; Memphis Grizzlies shooting guard O.J. Mayo (32) drives to the basket against Minnesota Timberwolves power forward Kevin Love (42) during the second half at the FedEx Forum. Memphis Grizzlies defeated the Minnesota Timberwolves 93-86. Mandatory Credit: Spruce Derden-US PRESSWIRE
The 2008 NBA Draft wasn't so kind to the Memphis Grizzlies, which is why it's never fun to go back and relive said moment. Unfortunately, or fortunately (depending on who you ask and how you look at it), Tom Ziller of SB Nation went and did just that, giving out grades and making the Grizzlies shed a tear or two along the way.
This grade is all about the Mayo choice, which was a spectacular double whammy of bad. The Grizzlies traded up from No. 5 to No. 3 ... only to pass up Kevin Love and Russell Westbrook. The deal surely pivoted on Minnesota landing Love (who McHale adored); the risk would have been that if Minnesota would have taken Westbrook No. 3 for Memphis, Seattle would have taken Love for itself, and executed the trade with the T'Wolves with Memphis looking in from the outside. But hey, the Grizzlies would still have gotten their player, Mayo, and he'd have been cheaper as a lower pick and they wouldn't have had to take on Marko Jaric!
Arthur was a fine pick-up late; the costliness of his injury this season shows his value. But the machinations of that top-5 pick were baaaad.