The Memphis Grizzlies season is finally over. The team’s issues on the court are over and done...for now. What can Robert Pera, Chris Wallace, and company do in order to save the team from another draft bust?
The Grizzlies are known for several draft blunders. 2009 with Hasheem Thabeet surely still stings, but the Draft pain does not stop there. In 2010 Memphis had the chance to get a perimeter and wing threat like Eric Bledsoe or Avery Bradley. Who did the Grizzlies choose? A player who did not meet any of his five star hype in Xavier Henry.
The list could go on and on. Jordan Adams, Tony Wroten...it could be a blog post in an of itself where we can go over every draft mistake the Grizzlies made, but this year is a defining moment in coming from an injury plagued, dramatic, losing season. They have to hit on this pick.
So what do the Grizzlies need to go after in the draft?
3. A BACKUP CENTER/BIG
The Grizzlies need a backup center, however I would not put it at the top of the list. Maybe in the second round where 2009 does not happen again. They need a center who can score in the paint and in the midrange. They also need a center who can defend and has strength on the low block. He also needs to shoot corner threes. Surely it is a difficult combo to find, but hey, Marc Gasol was a 2nd round pick. Another Marc Gasol backup would be nice.
2. A STRONG SMALL FORWARD
Grizzles fans have been begging for a wing to take the team to the next level. Obviously Chandler Parsons is not the answer to the puzzle and neither is Tyreke Evans if we keep him (at least as a true small forward). We need a small forward who can slash, shoot, defend, and be that leader in the front court. Jarell Martin could be the answer but he is clearly not ready for the perimeter yet.
1. A BETTER BACKUP POINT GUARD OPTION
The Grizzlies need this in a bad way. Harrison and Simmons honestly are not the long-term answer. Even if Kobi Simmons has great highlight passes and layups, he is not nearly consistent enough at this stage. Harrison has improved his shooting and is a good slasher. He still turns the ball over and defenses can pick him apart. Another swing in the 2nd round at a ball handler could be a worthwhile risk.
Let’s all as one Grizz Nation hope there is not another draft bust in 2018.