GBB Draft Profiles: James Southerland

Debby Wong-USA TODAY Sports

This is another installment in the ongoing look at Grizzlies prospects for the upcoming NBA Draft. This time we will be looking at James Southerland.

Author's Note: The Grizzlies hold the 41st, 55th, and 60th picks in the upcoming 2013 NBA Draft. In the coming days leading up to Thursday, June 27, I will be doing player profiles for domestic players only. All the profiles will be on players the Grizzlies have a realistic shot of drafting. Hope you enjoy.

James Southerland

23 Years Old, 6'8", 221, SF, Syracuse University

Best Song for a Future Highlight Reel: "Just Touched Down" - Big K.R.I.T.

What He Brings to the Table: Scoring, Three-Point Threat, Athleticism, Good Size for Position

What He Lacks: Defense, Rebounding, Distinct Position (Tweener)

Best-Case Comparison: Danny Green

Worst-Case Comparison: Vladimir Radmanovic

Obligatory Highlight Reel:


Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for Basketball Reasons): Southerland is probably the best three-point shooter in the draft this year, so obviously he fits the Grizzlies needs. Stu Lash, Director of Player Personnel and Basketball Development, has repeatedly said the Grizzlies will not draft by need but by talent. That's a decent strategy, but the Grizzlies have to get someone to space the floor from somewhere. With the Grizzlies cash-strapped in the free agency market, it might be best to explore picking up a shooter in the draft, which I think the Grizzlies will. Southerland is an excellent catch-and-shoot guy, and while he doesn't show much else in his offensive game, he certainly has the quickness and athleticism to add other assets to his game. Southerland will need to improve defensively to stick on an NBA roster, but one thing he is adept at on that end of the floor is jumping into passing lanes. The concerns about his defense mostly stem from the fact that he played a 2-3 defense at Syracuse under Jim Boeheim. In interviews and on the court, he seems to have a high iq, so he should be able to adjust back to man to man rapidly. Another thing that makes Southerland valuable is his ability to play multiple positions. He can create mismatches against big lumbering fours as well as smaller threes. On the flip side, he can also be taken advantage of by those same big fours and stronger threes as well. If he is on the board at Pick 55 or 60, the Grizzlies should pull the trigger. If they don't add a shooter, Griz faithful won't be happy.

Why the Grizzlies Ought to Draft Him (for non-Basketball Reasons): Ok, so it's not exactly a non-basketball reason, but anybody that played for Jim Boeheim is alright in my book. His players are superbly coached, and whether they have traditionally faired well in the league or not matters none to me.

Mock Draft Predictions: Pick 60 Grizzlies (DraftExpress), Pick 40 Portland (NBADraft.net)

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