It is officially draft week! T-minus 4 days until the Memphis Grizzlies will, presumably, make the 22nd pick in the 2014 NBA Draft. This past Friday, the Grizzlies held their 6th draft workout, and it was clear that one prospect stole the show and that man was Kyle Anderson. The UCLA product has excellent size (6'8" 230 lbs.), elite passing ability, and plays the position of greatest need for the Grizzlies, small forward.
Dave Joerger, Head Coach
Head coach Dave Joerger was beaming when he talked about Anderson, but he also said that former North Carolina Tar Heel James Michael McAdoo was, to his surprise, much better than he expected.
Chris Wallace, General Manager
Grizzlies General Manager was made available to the media after Friday's workouts. Wallace was conversing with Vice President of Basketball Operations John Holllinger and David Mincberg before coming over to do a Q&A session with the media. I would have loved to be a fly on the wall during that conversation. Wallace addressed the NBA draft, Zach Randolph, and Nick Calathes.
6'9" 230 lbs. SF, UCLA. Projected Draft Position: Mid 1st Round. Kyle Anderson is easily one of the most intriguing prospects in this year's draft. He has tremendous size, is very long (7'3" wingspan), is an improved shooter (21.1% 3pt shooter as a freshman, 48.3% 3pt shooter as a sophomore), has elite play-making and passing ability, and seems to fit in perfectly with what the Grizzlies could be realistically looking for at 22. Hear what Kyle had to say about the draft process and the prospect of being selected by the Grizzlies:
6'5" 210 lbs. SG, UCLA. Projected Draft Position: Late 1st to Early 2nd Round. Friday marked the first time that the former college teammates Jordan Adams and Kyle Anderson had worked out together for the same team on the same day. Adams is terrific at getting to the rim and is continuing to develop his outside shot. The former Bruin was asked what he thought about his former teammate Kyle Anderson among other things.
James Michael McAdoo
6'9" 230 lbs. SF/PF, North Carolina. Projected Draft Position: Late 2nd Round. Had McAdoo come out just one season earlier, he probably would have been a lottery pick. I remember early on into season, when the Grizzlies were struggling, seeing McAdoo mocked to the Grizzlies at 14. However, he has continued to slip, and it is not completely out of the question that McAdoo does not hear his name called on Thursday. Joerger was complimentary of him, though, so, it seems that there still is some potential for the former Tar Heel big man to develop into a role player in the league. Here what James Michael McAdoo had to say about what position he'll play at the next level and more.
Deonte Burton, Kendall Williams, and Fuquan Edwin also worked out for the Grizzlies on Friday, but they did not speak to the media. Burton is a projected 2nd round pick and could be a legitimate option for the Grizzlies should they acquire a 2nd round pick. Williams and Edwin will both likely go undrafted.
The 2014 NBA is Thrusday June 26th, and the Memphis Grizzlies currently hold the 22nd overall pick.