22 Years Old, 7'0", 228 lbs., PF, Duke University
Best Song for a Future Highlight Reel: "Make It Rain" - Fat Joe feat. Lil' Wayne
What He Brings to the Table: Killer Jump Shot, Three-Point Threat, Refined Post Game, Scoring, Size
What He Lacks: Athleticism, Defense, Strength, Rebounding, Ability to Stay Healthy
Best-Case Comparison: Andrea Bargnani
Worst-Case Comparison: Mirza Teletovic
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Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for Basketball Reasons): Ryan Kelly is a floor spacing big man. Check out the teams that have had loads of success recently. What do most of them have in common? A big man that can stretch the floor, thus causing a defense to collapse or lose its shape, that's what. Kelly would be the three-point threat the Grizzlies need as well. Kelly was deadly from beyond the arc in catch and shoot opportunities while at Duke. Think of Ryan Kelly serving in a Chris Bosh-like capacity. That fits his game perfectly. Albeit, Kelly can't defend like Bosh and won't likely be half as good, but the Grizzlies only need Kelly to do one thing, and that's create space for the big men on offense. That could make all the difference in the world when it comes to points per game and playing with an offense that doesn't get bogged down so easily. Kelly is also a decent post player that displayed refined post moves at times. Kelly's game is slow, so he would fit with the Grizzlies well. However, with the Grizzlies trying to become a faster-paced team, Kelly might not fit so well. Kelly's stock is all over the board, but most analysts have him going really late in the second round or undrafted. If the Grizzlies can get him at pick 55 or 60, I like it. If they pick him at 41, I hate that. I know many Grizzlies fans are high on the Dukie, but if a shooting guard/small forward that will add more value than Kelly is there at 41 (there will be), then the Grizzlies should go that route. Kelly has the talent to be an end of the first or top of the second round pick, but his injury history has really hurt his stock. Also, many see his game as too one-dimensional, but that one dimension is what the Grizzlies need so, so badly. Does he have enough big man skills (rebounding, defending the post, shot blocking, etc.) to make him a regular player in the NBA? I don't see it, but if he is there at pick 55 or 60, the Grizzlies could take a flyer on him and not be nervous about it.
Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for non-Basketball Reasons): Kelly... He... His... Nope can't think of any.
Mock Draft Predictions: Undrafted (DraftExpress), Pick 54 Wizards (NBADraft.net)