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2017 NBA Draft: Grizzlies Select Ivan Rabb 35th Overall

Memphis traded the Nets’ 2019 second round pick to the Orlando Magic for No. 35.

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The Memphis Grizzlies have drafted Ivan Rabb with the 35th overall pick in the 2017 NBA Draft via the Orlando Magic, according to Adrian Wojnarowski of The Vertical.

Rabb, 20 years old, played his sophomore season with the California Golden Bears, averaging 14.0 points and 10.5 rebounds in 32.7 minutes per game. At 6’10 and 215 lbs, he’s an undersized big man who rebounds well, but fell from lottery standing last year after underwhelming defense and range—a killer combination for most bigs.

From DraftExpress’ scouting report of Rabb:

Although Rabb didn't dominate in college by any means, there is still plenty to like about him as a NBA prospect. His potential starts with his physical profile as he is a mobile big man measured at 6'10 with a 7'2 wingspan who moves around the offensive side of the floor easily. He will need to add some strength to his 220 pound frame to be able to compete on the interior, as he has struggled to hold his own inside the paint against other NBA caliber big men from time to time.

The Grizzlies entered the draft without a pick of their own, but traded the Brooklyn Nets’ 2019 second-round pick (acquired in last season’s Courtney Lee trade with the Charlotte Hornets) to move up.

That’s pretty good value, all things considered. The Nets’ pick came in at 31st overall this season, but it’s hard to say where they’ll be drafting in two years. Getting the 35th pick now is probably as good as it was going to get for the Grizzlies with this trade, especially since the Magic held four picks (6, 25, 33, 35) coming in.

It’s unclear if Rabb will join the Grizzlies right away, as last year’s 35th overall pick, Rade Zagorac, is expected to sign with the team this summer. Early indications before the draft indicated that they would prefer to stash a player, if they drafted one, instead of using a roster slot.

Like Andrew Harrison two years ago, Rabb could marinate for a year and play with the Grizzlies’ spiffy new G-League affiliate, the Memphis Hustle, before joining the Grizzlies proper in 2018.

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Posted by Grizzly Bear Blues on Friday, June 23, 2017