With the draft lottery last night, the final order of the 2015 NBA draft has been set. Congratulations to the Minnesota Timberwolves for getting their first overall number one pick in team history. They will also be the only team to have three number one picks on their roster (Bennett, Wiggins, and whoever is this year's pick). I would also like to thank the draft lottery for assuring that the two best centers in this draft (KAT and Okafor) will be in the Western Conference for the foreseeable future.
The Grizzlies have the 25th pick in this years draft, right behind Cleveland and ahead of San Antonio. Here is a breakdown of how the almighty draft prognosticators breakdown the Grizzlies picks.
Chad Ford's Mock Draft 5.0 ($) has the Memphis Grizzlies selecting Christian Wood, a 6'11" PF from UNLV.
Memphis could use a dash of athleticism and shot blocking into its front court (it ranked 24th in the league in blocked shots per game last season). Wood, though raw, has a lot of potential as a rebounder and shot-blocker. If he can get stronger and more mature, he's a steal this late in the draft. The Grizzlies also might be very tempted to take Washington's Robert Upshaw here. He's a lottery-type talent with some major off-the-court issues.The feedback from teams at the draft combine was that Upshaw was too risky to take in the first round, but I could see Memphis swinging for the fences with him.
Memphis has two big needs for next season; shooting and athletic post play. This implies that the Grizzlies will be chasing shooting in free agency.
SBNation's Kevin O'Connor has the Grizzlies taking Dakari Johnson, a 7ft center from the University of Kentucky.
You have to assume the Grizzlies are in "win now or never" mode, so Johnson makes a lot of sense as a serviceable defensive-oriented center who can come in and immediately back up Marc Gasol. Johnson will never be an All-Star, but he could have a long career as a solid role player.
Draft Express has the Grizzlies taking Robert Upshaw, a 7ft center out of the University of Washington, although there seems to be a little risk in taking him.
Bleacher Report has the Grizzlies selecting Montrezl Harrell, a 6'8" PF out of Louisville.
Montrezl Harrell projects as a physical enforcer and energizer up front. He isn't likely to create much of his own offense, without a reliable jumper or post game.
However, at 253 pounds, Harrell is strong and explosive around the basket, where he's a big-time finisher, rebounder and post defender.
Finally, on CBSSports.com, three different mock drafts have the Grizzlies taking three different players
Sam Vecenie: Rondae Hollins -Jefferson, 6'7" SF from Arizona
Gary Parrish: Justin Anderson, 6'6" SF from Virginia
Zach Harper: Cameron Payne, 6'2" PG from Murray State
It is interesting to have this wide of a spectrum of players from so many experts. Maybe this happens because the Grizzlies pick so late.
So what say you? Love or hate these picks? Who else should be on this list?