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Grizzlies Mock Draft Round Up 1.0

It's that time of year again. The time of year when I remind myself that I should have watched more college basketball.

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The Grizzlies have the 17th pick in the NBA Draft this year, and while we can't predict trades up or down on draft day, we can start to take a look at who the "experts" have the Grizzlies drafting. So far, there is not a lot of consensus about who the Grizzlies will draft, but most of the narrative is centered around the Grizz getting a new point guard, with one rather large and relatively famous (get it) exception.

While you're at it...check out our own Chip Williams' Draft Big Board.  He has Tyler Ullis from Kentucky at number seventeen.

Draft Express- Updated May 15th

Domantas Sabonis

6'10"

231

PF/C

Gonzaga

What They Said

Coming off a season where he earned All-WCC Second Team honors as a freshman despite playing just 21.8 minutes per game off the bench, Domantas Sabonis returned to Spokane figuring to once again play a key reserve role for the Bulldogs behind Przemek Karnowski and Kyle Wiltjer. An early injury to Karnowski created a void at the center position, which figured to be a golden opportunity for Sabonis to emerge as a workhorse inside, suddenly playing an essential role in an offense built around an exceptional front court.

Rising to the occasion, Sabonis, who ranked among the PER leaders at the U20 European Championship last summer before making his Eurobasket debut for Lithuania, averaged 17.5 points and 11.8 rebounds per game as a sophomore, helping Gonzaga to its 18th straight NCAA Tournament appearance via a WCC Tournament Championship, and ultimately, a spot in the Sweet 16. Earning a spot on the All-WCC First Team and being named an Academic All-American, Sabonis came up big for Mark Few when his number was called after just five games, emerging as one of the more productive, efficient big men in the country, and solidifying himself as a potential top-20 pick.

Measured at 6'10 in shoes with a below average 6'10.5 wingspan and a strong 238-pound frame at the 2015 Nike Skills Academy last summer, Sabonis lacks great length for a power forward, let alone a center, and doesn't compensate with great leaping ability. Those limitations did not stop him from being brutally effective at the college level as his combination of mobility, fundamentals, and extreme desire to win often shined through as he outworked opposing big men for rebounds and scoring opportunities inside. They do raise some concerns about his ability to continue to do so at the next level, though.

Seeing his usage nearly double in one of the most post-oriented offensive systems in the country, Sabonis averaged a terrific 1.1 points per possession over 16 possessions per game as a sophomore, matching the scoring efficiency numbers he posted in a far smaller role as a freshman. Doing the majority of his scoring one-on-one on the block, the talented Lithuanian big man's aggressiveness and strong feel for the game allowed him to make a consistent impact in the scoring column, including a handful of strong performances against quality competition.

The Verticle: Mock Draft Version II - Updated May 11th

Wade Baldwin

6'3"

195

Point Guard

Vanderbilt University

What They Said

Incumbent starting point guard Mike Conley is an unrestricted free agent, and considering the amount of roster upheaval likely in store, drafting Baldwin may not be a bad plan. Baldwin has the length to guard multiple positions, was an excellent shooter in his two years of college (something the Grizzlies are sorely lacking) and also has significant upside to grow into, which could come in handy depending on the direction the franchise decides to go.

Sports Illustrated Mock Draft 3.0- Updated May 6th

Dejounte Murray

6'5"

170

PG/SG

University of Washington

What They Said

Murray is a project as a point guard, but with Mike Conley and Marc Gasol coming back from injuries, the Grizzlies can afford to bet big here and invest in the future.

Bleacher Report-Updated May 14th

Demetrius Jackson

6'1"

195

Point Guard

University of Notre Dame


What They Said

Not far behind the above names when it comes to point guards in the 2016 class is Notre Dame's Demetrius Jackson, a jack-of-all trades type with three years of collegiate experience on his resume.

Jackson comes in at 6'1" and 194 pounds off a season in which he posted averages of 15.8 points, 3.5 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game. Over his three years with the Fighting Irish, Jackson never dipped below 42 percent shooting from the field.

CBSSports.com- Updated May 14th

Wade Baldwin

What They Said

Baldwin also had a good week of measurements and testing, posting a 6-11 wingspan, solid height, and strong athleticism. There is a bit of concern in terms of his personality, but Memphis at 17 fits pretty well due to their impending free agency situation with both Mike Conley and Mario Chalmers. Baldwin would give them versatility to play two point guard lineups if Conley returns, or would give them a potential replacement if he leaves.