Author's Note: The Grizzlies hold the 41st, 55th, and 60th picks in the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft. In the coming days, I will be doing player profiles for domestic players only. All the profiles will be on players the Grizzlies have a realistic shot at drafting. So, it's not like I'm going to be slotting them Otto Porter or anything. Let's get started. First up is James Ennis.
22 Years Old, 6'7", 201 lbs., SF, Long Beach State University
Best Song for a Future Highlight Reel: "Flower" -Moby
What He Brings to the Table: Athleticism, Length, Defense, Scoring Potential, Upside
What He Lacks: Exposure, Upper Body Strength, Handles
Best-Case Comparison: Rudy Gay (Andrew Ford)*
Worst-Case Comparison: Christian Eyenga (Andrew Ford)
Obligatory Highlight Reel(s):
Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for Basketball Reasons): Watching him play, it is easy to spot his uncanny athleticism and also his ability to create shots. It's not news that the Grizzlies need players that can shoot. Ennis shot 35.8% from behind the arc this season, which is not bad but leaves room for improvement. Having played his ball at Long Beach State, he did not get much exposure and is therefore not highly touted. However, I think that's a mistake. I think Ennis' lack of exposure just makes him incredibly undervalued. He could explode onto the scene in the NBA and thrive in open court opportunities that the league so often provides. Also, he fits the Grizzlies defensive mold. He's a lengthy wing that can disrupt passing lanes and play above-average defense. Ennis could be the steal of the draft. He provides great value at any of the Grizzlies three picks.
Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for non-Basketball Reasons): Ennis makes A LOT of vine videos, which are weirdly entertaining. Check out a couple of them below.
Mock Draft Predictions: Pick 54 Washington (DraftExpress), Pick 35 Philadelphia (NBADraft.net)