The New Orleans Hornets won the Anthony Davis Sweepstakes in last night's NBA Draft Lottery, an exciting opportunity for a franchise on the rise, with a good young coach and some solid players, to continue in the right direction; it also served as a cruel twist of fate for already-disgruntled Charlotte Bobcats fans, as the prospect of choosing at number two overall -- no matter how much they try to dress it up -- will not be making anyone who was hoping for a franchise turning point any more gruntled for next season.
Now that the pecking order is officially set, mock drafts can really begin to mean something -- or, as much as a mock draft can mean. In the excitement/anticipation departments, mock drafts can serve quite well, actually (for most teams, at least) as we get to look ahead at next year's possible instant-impact pipe dreams.
The Memphis Grizzlies currently only have one pick -- in the late first round at number 25 overall -- in this year's draft, but according to a couple of Web sites who live and die by the NBA draft, the common theme behind the mock Grizzlies' selections should not be surprising.
DraftExpress is considered by many a go-to source for all things NBA Draft, and in their latest mock they have the Grizzlies selecting 19-year-old Washington Huskies freshman guard Tony Wroten. Their page on Wroten is here, but as someone who doesn't follow college basketball too closely, the first thing that stands out is Wroten's size. At 6'5", he's got great versatility prospects for both ends of the court and an apparent nose for getting to the basket. His best and worst case NBA scenarios, my personal favorite things that DraftExpress does, are Tyreke Evans and Julius Hodge, respectively.
Elsewhere, the folks at NBADraft.net, in their latest mock, also saw the Grizz restocking their perimeter scoring unit. Marquis Teague, freshman point guard for the national champion Kentucky Wildcats and little bro of Atlanta Hawks point man Jeff Teague, was the Memphis selection here.
Teague certainly got more national attention than Wroten, and at 6'2" stands at a more traditional point guard height, but his game also can be classified as score-first, according to the site's player page. And, if he's got the crafty scoring skills that his brother has shown with the Hawks, it could be a welcome addition to the sometimes drought-ridden Memphis rotation.
Consistent perimeter production is something the Grizzlies continued to search for this season, and it was their terrible bouts with scoring issues that doomed them in the end. So, with that in mind, it isn't shocking to see the mock drafts already lining up guards with a scorer's edge alongside Memphis's 25th pick. And we certainly aren't complaining about it, either.