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Memphis Grizzlies Fantasy Draft: Rounds 1-3

Kind of like the NBA Draft, except it's all about the Grizzlies and the rules are made up and the points don't matter.

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With the NFL season kicking off on Thursday, this was the last weekend for sports fans to fit in their annual fantasy football draft. Well, it turns out this is a basketball website, but we decided to do some drafting anyway.

Welcome to the Memphis Grizzlies fantasy draft!

The Rules

  • We drafted with the assumption that our teams would play for one season and one season only. Younger players were not considered more valuable due to any upside they may have. This was purely about constructing the best possible team for one season.
  • Our draft had six rounds. Teams drafted five starters and a sixth man. The draft followed a snake draft style (Team that picks first in the first round picks last in the second round)
  • All Memphis Grizzlies and Vancouver Grizzlies players that played in at least one regular season game were eligible to be drafted. (Sorry, Fab Melo)
  • Teams drafting a player will receive that player's best season in a Grizzlies uniform. This is known as the Gilbert Arenas/Allen Iverson rule.
  • Teams were advised to not be afraid of drafting an injury prone player. We're assuming perfect health.
We had five participants in our fantasy draft: myself, fellow GBB authors Raleigh McCool, Adam Rubrum and Chip Williams, and site manager Chris Faulkner. We used a random number generator to determine draft order. Okay, now that all of the rules are out of the way, let's go over the results.

Round 1

1st: Team McCool — Zach Randolph (2010-11)

"The seemingly two-inch vertical'd Z-Bo changed Grizzlies basketball. I'll take his 20/10's, his knocked-off headbands that make him play like it's a contract year, his Z-bounds, his Blake Griffin body-slams. I'll take it all, gentlemen, I'LL TAKE IT ALL." — GM Raleigh McCool

2nd: Team Williams — Marc Gasol (2012-13)

"Marc is arguably the most talented basketball player ever to dawn the Beale Street Blue. He is truly a player to build around, and he will be the centerpiece of my Grizzlies Fantasy Team. The former All-Star and Defensive Player of the Year will anchor the defense as well as have the offense run through him." — GM Chip Williams

3rd: Team Faulkner — Mike Conley (2013-14)

"2013-14 Conley is an elite player who can play both ends of the floor very well. His assertive nature on the offensive end will open things up for the rest of the roster, something that will be very valuable if I can draft one of the few shooters in Grizzlies history." — GM Chris Faulkner

4th: Team Reynolds — Pau Gasol (2006-07)

"In Pau's best year (06-07) he averaged just barely short of 21 and 10 with 3.4 assists per game. I can run a lot of offense through him in the post, he'll hit the glass, and can also step out and hit the mid-range shot." — GM Austin Reynolds

5th: Team Rubrum — Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1999-2000)

"Young Grizz fans will probably not know this, but Adbur-Rahim was one of the lone bright spots for the Vancouver Grizzlies. In the five seasons he played for the Grizzlies, he averaged 20pts, 8 reb, 3 asts. We have been picking years for our players, but Shareef's numbers were so consistent, you could pick any of the 5 seasons." — GM Adam Rubrum

Round 2

6th: Team Rubrum — Rudy Gay (2007-08)

"I had a hard time picking between Gay and Mike Miller, mostly due to the fact that I've never been a fan of Rudy. However, let's travel back before we realized that Gay was a good luck charm for any team that traded him, travel back to when we didn't know he literally couldn't see all the shots he would miss, back before he was given a cap crippling contract, to his sophomore year where he averaged 20.1 pts, 6.2 rebs, 2 ast, and 1.4 steals. I'm happy to have that young promising player on my team." — GM Adam Rubrum

7th: Team Reynolds — Mike Miller (2006-07)

"Miller is the best shooter in Grizzlies history, and in his younger days he could put the ball on the floor and create for himself and others. At 6'8", he can be played at the two and the three to give me some roster flexibility as well." — GM Austin Reynolds

8th: Team Faulkner — Shane Battier (2005-06)

"With players who can shoot, start and play defense at a premium with the Grizzlies, this was a no-brainer for me. Give me the brain, the 10PPG, the floor spacing and some of that elite defense from his younger days." — GM Chris Faulkner

9th: Team Williams — Michael Dickerson (1999-2000)

"I think he was paid more millions of dollars than games played while in Memphis, but the Vancouver version of Michael Dickerson was pretty great. During the 99-00 season, Dickerson averaged 18.2 points, 3.4 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.4 steals while shooting 40.9% from 3 and playing in and starting all 82 games. Not too many wing players have put up those kind of numbers in Grizzlies franchise history." — GM Chip Williams

10th: Team McCool — Mike Bibby (2000-01)

"Bibby was only a Grizzly for three short years, the first three of his career, but his 2000-01 season was actually really good. He averaged 16 and 8 assists. Shot 38% from three. Plus, as a 10-year-old, I LOVED him at Arizona. 10-year-old man-crushes (boy-crushes?) have to count for something here, right?" — GM Raleigh McCool

Round 3

11th: Team McCool — James Posey (2003-04)

"In 2003-04, his first season with the Grizz, Posey posted by far the highest PER of his career (18.8), scored 13.7, and grabbed five boards and almost two steals a game. I like Posey here with my third pick." — GM Raleigh McCool

12th: Team Williams — Jason Williams (2001-02)

"This was Jason Williams' best season as an NBA player. He averaged 14.8 points, 8 assists, 3 rebounds, and 1.7 steals per game. The point guard known as 'White Chocolate' (which I think is an underratedly awesome nickname) could dazzle on the court with his ridiculous passing ability while also providing a healthy dose of scoring and rock solid perimeter defense." — GM Chip Williams

13th: Team Faulkner — O.J. Mayo (2009-10)

"I'll give up the small difference in scoring from his rookie season to get fewer turnovers and a better shot selection. We've seen that Mayo and Battier play well together, and by that I mean that Battier is able to cover up O.J.'s awful defense and allow him to do what he does best: score. I also think a developed version of Mike Conley will bode well for keeping Mayo's trigger in check." — GM Chris Faulkner

14th: Team Reynolds — Juan Carlos Navarro (2007-08)

"In his only season with the Grizzlies, Navarro started 30 games and put up 10.9 points in 25.8 minutes per game. He shot only 40 percent from the field, but rained threes from the heavens, launching up 7.3 shots from downtown per 36 minutes and knocking them down at a 36 percent clip. I can't even begin to count the number of times I've wished that Navarro would have stayed in the NBA for more than a single season. He was awesome." — GM Austin Reynolds

15th: Team Rubrum — Tony Allen (2011-12)

"With Shareef and Gay, I have a lot of offense. Time to to get a lock down defender and there is no one better than Mr. Grit and Grind himself. If TA can guard Durant, he can guard anyone. A steal here this late in the draft." — GM Adam Rubrum

The Teams So Far

Team McCool

  • Zach Randolph (2010-11)
  • Mike Bibby (2000-01)
  • James Posey (2003-04)

Team Williams

  • Marc Gasol (2012-13)
  • Michael Dickerson (1999-2000)
  • Jason Williams (2001-02)

Team Faulkner

  • Mike Conley (2013-14)
  • Shane Battier (2005-06)
  • O.J. Mayo (2009-10)

Team Reynolds

  • Pau Gasol (2006-07)
  • Mike Miller (2006-07)
  • Juan Carlos Navarro (2007-08)

Team Rubrum

  • Shareef Abdur-Rahim (1999-2000)
  • Rudy Gay (2007-08)
  • Tony Allen (2011-12)
Stay tuned for Part 2 with the last three rounds!