As the 2018 NBA draft nears, everyone is talking about the No. 4 overall pick for the Memphis Grizzlies. What about 32? The 4th pick isn’t the only pick in the 2018 draft. As you may recall in the previous NBA drafts, Memphis has missed plenty of opportunities on players that were all stars or potential game changers.
In 2012, they missed out on Draymond Green. As we all know, he is a great 3 and D big man. Then 2013, there were plenty of better options for Memphis, especially for the 60th pick overall. Janis Timma did not play any NBA basketball at all, at least up to this point. A better option would have been Seth Curry or Robert Covington, two great shooters which the Grizzlies could have used then.
The Grizzlies need to avoid certain options, even if its the best available player on the draft board. They need to avoid injury prone players, for example, and also need to be sure that they are using such a valuable pick, #32 overall, wisely. What the front office and coach need to do for the second round is forget “best fit” and find the best available talent. While the team feels especially thin on the perimeter, this roster is in desperate need of depth regardless of position.
Andrew Harrison and Kobi Simmons may be good options but not as permanent backup solutions. The shooting guard position absolutely needs help, as Ben McLemore is not a good option and Dillon Brooks and MarShon brooks (AKA the Brooks Brothers that aren’t really brothers) cannot do it alone on the perimeter. As far as centers, Deyonta Davis does not have enough consistency for this team to succeed. He may show glimpses of scoring and defense but he is not consistent.
If they can get quality out of this later pick then it may be possible for the Grizzlies to contend for a spot in the NBA Playoffs again.