Author's Note: This year the Grizzlies hold the 41st, 55th, and 60th picks in the NBA Draft. For the next two weeks, I'll be writing draft profiles of prospects who fall in that range, starting with the Euro's, because I love me some foreign players.
21 Years Old, 6'10", 242 lbs., PF/C, Valencia (via Montenegro)
Best Song for a Future Highlight Reel: "Blurred Lines"-Robin Thicke feat. Pharrell and T.I.
What He Brings to the Table: Outside Shooting, Post Offense, Hustle
What He Lacks: Athleticism, Defensive Rebounding
Best-Case Comparison: Matt Bonner (Draft Express)
Worst-Case Comparison: Wang Zhizhi, Brian Scalabrine (Foreign Flopper)
Obligatory Highlight Reel:
Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for Basketball Reasons): After trading Marreese Speights and Hamed Haddadi, the Grizzlies are in need of additional depth at center. What separates Dubljevic from Darrell Arthur or Ed Davis is his outside shooting, which will allow coach-to-be-named more flexibility to counter specific match-ups. However, his post game and hustle still fit in very much with Memphis' current personnel.
Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for non-Basketball Reasons): Because there can never be too many Euro's on this team. Because Matt Bonner killed the Grizzlies in Game 1, and the next best thing to Matt Bonner is the European Matt Bonner. Because he might inspire hordes of Montenegrin fans to check out Grizzly Bear Blues (Zdravo!). Because the there's been a gaping void in the "loveable foreign backup center" role ever since Hamed was traded. Because his nickname could be "Bojangles." Do I really need to list every reason, make it happen FO.
Mock Draft Predictions: #53 Pacers (Draft Express), #51 Orlando (NBADraft.net)