If you’re a Memphis Grizzlies fan, the news you NBA Draft news heard over the past weekend might shore up the pain and agony you felt after the draft lottery. After recovering from the realization that the Grizzlies had the fourth pick, you surely dreaded so many possibilities.
You were worried about a potential-heavy project like Jaren Jackson Jr. being the “best available option.” While some hold out optimism and hope, drafting one of the biggest injury risks of the past decade, Michael Porter Jr., is a serious concern for you. Once the pick was in, you may have gotten possibly Hasheem Thabeet flashbacks thinking of the likelihood of getting Mohamed Bamba.
Then you heard news about the possibility of trading back in the draft, and nobody wants to lose 60 games only to be “rewarded” with Wendell Carter, Miles Bridges or Collin Sexton.
However, news broke out around this week’s combine that’ll make you feel so much better.
If you’re against Mo Bamba and still upset about Hasheem Thabeet, you’ll love this news. He probably won’t be another Thabeet - Bamba is way more coordinated and athletic than Thabeet ever was, and his basketball IQ is exponentially higher. However, with the Grizzlies in win-now mode, they shouldn’t really target a center. He’ll just see maybe 15 minutes a night behind Marc Gasol, and picking a center — that’s not DeAndre Ayton — is essentially a waste of a top-five pick.
Ignore the Jackson part for a bit, and silently rejoice about the Bagley connection for the moment.
Trading down was something that honestly frightened me and most fans. Sure, it would’ve been kind of cool to trade out of the lottery if a guy like Bradley Beal, CJ McCollum, or Andrew Wiggins were on the block. However, trading down in the lottery scared me a little bit.
Why would you want to orchestrate a 60-loss tank job just for Miles Bridges, Collin Sexton, Wendell Carter, or Kevin Knox? It’s absolutely silly to do so, since they could end up with Michael Porter Jr., Jaren Jackson Jr., or Marvin Bagley instead.
Bagley to Memphis?
The Ringer updated their mock draft, and you should be pumped as a Grizzly fan, as it has Marvin Bagley going to Memphis. If you look closely, one of his comparisons is “slim Zach Randolph.”
Everyone in Memphis would be about that.
In terms of fit, Bagley might be the best prospect for the Memphis Grizzlies — depending on your stance of the current power forwards. He’s an elite big man in terms of athleticism, which he uses to run the floor and dominate the glass.
Bagley gives the Grizzlies the chance to bounce back into the Western Conference playoff picture. He could also be the bridge that ushers a new era without any of the Core Four.
If you’re Chris Wallace and this situation goes down, you’re getting your pick in immediately — as he hid his desire for Doncic very poorly. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony mentioned after the lottery that the Grizzlies were strong suitors for the European prodigy. In addition, the Bleacher Report’s Paul Kasabian has the Grizzlies picking Doncic at 4.
If Doncic falls to 4, he’ll end up in a great situation, as the Grizzlies are looking to win-now with veterans like Mike Conley and Marc Gasol leading the charge. They desperately need a secondary playmaker so that Conley can play off the ball. Doncic could easily fill that role, as he eases his way into the NBA.
You never know — but don’t get your hopes up.
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