LEXINGTON, KY - JANUARY 07: Marquis Teague #25 of the Kentucky Wildcats dribbles the ball during the game against the South Carolina Gamecocks at Rupp Arena on January 7, 2012 in Lexington, Kentucky. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images)
The Memphis Grizzlies approach the 2012 NBA Draft with the 25th pick and with several needs in mind. Should they go for a backup shooting guard in case if OJ Mayo leaves? Is a backup to Mike Conley reasonable or one to Rudy Gay? Or another big man? In my opinion, the likely scenario is the Grizzlies go for a guard in the draft.
Evan Fournier has come up a lot when mentioning the Grizzlies for this year's draft. According to Chad Ford of ESPN, Memphis has been pretty interested in the European. However, the question is if he will contribute right away or come to the NBA in a year or two?
I've seen some of Fournier's highlights and he doesn't seem very athletic, although his height helps at 6-7. But according to the comments many have said, he basically makes Evan Turner look like LeBron James, and with that, I don't think Memphis should go for him.
In my opinion, the best way to go is point guard and go after Marquis Teague.
If Tony Wroten Jr. falls low enough, however, I like his chances with the Grizzlies. He'd have a nice advantage with his 6-6 frame over other point guards. Chad Ford's latest mock has him falling to the Grizzlies, but I expect him to fall Atlanta at the 23rd pick.
Teague would be the next best point guard and player left next to Quincy Miller and Royce White at No. 25. Although having Miler and White would be nice, it wouldn't be as much of a need as Teague is. The Grizzlies already have enough power forward. If they were to pick one of those two, Miller would be the guy since he's more of a three than White.
Teauge would fit in well with the second-unit. He really pushes up the tempo and can make Memphis a really fast-paced and dangerous offense. Teague is a super-quick point guard and would fit well with OJ Mayo in the second-unit if he were to stay. Josh Selby struggled last season, but if he were to improve next season, him and Teague could make a solid fit.
Teague also attacks the basket very well. Memphis could be seeing him at a bargain price since he would've been a lottery-pick if he chose to enter the draft last year. He'd be an interesting player to have, but I like the chances of him falling to us at 25.
What do you think? Would you draft Teague?