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2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft: TRADE ALERT - Memphis makes another move

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The 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft is under way! The draft is continuing through our Twitter account @sbngrizzlies if you want to follow it there as it develops. We are recapping picks here at GBB from now until draft week, and we have arrived at #10 overall with the Memphis Grizzlies and their mock GM, me, Joe Mullinax (@JoeMullinax).

And we have another trade! If you haven’t been following along, I traded the #4 overall pick to Philadelphia for #10, #26, #39, and Philly’s 2019 1st (is it is worse than Sacramento’s, which is likely).

Here is a refresher on how the trade process works in the GBB mock. A trade is submitted to me and then I put it to a panel of respected and wonderful NBA/Grizzlies folks - Sagar Trika (whose NBA Twitter mock I am currently involved in), former GBBer and current Patreon page creator Matt Hrdlicka, and Sports56 WHBQ’s (and huge fan of the GBB bump) Peter Edmiston. All three must sign off on any trade before it can become official. This adds a layer of legitimacy and reality needed in this process, and their time is appreciated.

Now, a review of where we are in the draft. Check out this link to catch up on trade/pick explanations in our mock.

  1. Phoenix Suns- Deandre Ayton, center, University of Arizona
  2. Boston Celtics via Sacramento Kings- Luka Doncic, guard/forward, Real Madrid
  3. Atlanta Hawks- Jaren Jackson Jr., forward/center, Michigan State University
  4. Philadelphia 76ers via Memphis Grizzlies- Michael Porter Jr., forward, University of Missouri
  5. Dallas Mavericks- Marvin Bagley III, forward, Duke University
  6. Orlando Magic- Trae Young, guard, University of Oklahoma
  7. Chicago Bulls- Collin Sexton, guard, University of Alabama
  8. Cleveland Cavaliers via Brooklyn Nets- Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, guard, University of Kentucky
  9. New York Knicks - Mikal Bridges, forward, Villanova University

I made the pick before I made the deal-

With the 10th pick in the 2018 GBB Community Mock NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select Mohamed Bamba, center, University of Texas

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament-First Round-Texas vs Nevada Christopher Hanewinckel-USA TODAY Sports

Bamba is not Hasheem Thabeet. He is a much better prospect, using hindsight and nine years of the game evolving, than Thabeet was. Most mock drafts have him being taken as high as three and as low as seven, with every other spot in between as a possibility...including Memphis at four. With players like Sexton, Gilgeous-Alexander, and Bridges going slightly ahead of where they may have been expected to, Bamba has fallen in to my lap and is easily the top rated prospect on my board. Wendell Carter Jr. is 2nd, but it isn’t particularly close.

I had to take Bamba. Best talent available.

His fit with the current Grizzlies, though? Not so clean. He probably can’t play alongside Marc Gasol, meaning he’d be a bench player early on in his Memphis tenure. For a team so sold on trying to get back in to the playoffs, taking on a project (while the best talent on the board) is hard to get behind.

So I took Bamba with the goal of trading him. After repeated attempts, I finally got a deal done.

MEMPHIS receives- Buddy Hield, 37 overall, 2019 lottery protected 1st that becomes 2020 and 2021 2nd round picks if it does not convey

SACRAMENTO receives- Rights to Mohamed Bamba, Jarell Martin

Sacramento’s GM, Nathan Chester, really wanted Bamba. This was the trade that made it through our panel, after several attempts. His logic is that a core of Jaylen Brown (who he got from Boston earlier in the draft), De’Aaron Fox, and Mohamed Bamba could be a dominant defensive squad for years to come. He likely keeps his 2019 1st (that he, again, got back from Boston in that earlier trade in this mock), and passes on Hield (who he wasn’t as high on).

Me? I like Hield. He immediately is in the mix as a starter in Memphis, and gets another shot at a first impression with the Grizzlies, who love reclamation projects. Hield is still an elite shooter (43% from beyond the arc) and can help Memphis more now than Bamba could through the space he creates and his fit in the roster. The pick becomes another asset, alongside my 2019 PHI pick, and #37 could provide good value in this deep draft. I’ll miss Jarell’s hustle, but he wouldn’t be in my long-term plans with Ivan Rabb around.

In this mock, I bought in to the idea of the Grizzlies trying to maximize the Marc Gasol/Mike Conley core. As you’ll see in future picks and moves I do with them, I try to do just that and I think I succeed. A Conley/Hield/Brooks/Green/Gasol starting unit can be versatile offensively, and it would for allow for Wayne Selden Jr. to be a spark off the bench. Or, if you wanted Hield to be a sixth man, that would work as well and also allow for some of his defensive concerns to be alleviated some.

What do you think? I am not done yet, but how do you think the mock Grizzlies are doing so far? I have taken 4 overall and Jarell Martin and turned them in to Buddy Hield, 26, 37, and 39 overall, as well as Philly’s 1st in 2019 and two likely 2nd round picks down the road, AKA assets to get veterans to help Marc and Mike.


How are the Grizzlies doing in this mock?

This poll is closed

  • 14%
    Great, interested to see how the draft finishes for them.
    (37 votes)
  • 17%
    Meh, undecided. Willing to see where this goes.
    (43 votes)
  • 68%
    Disaster, missed a shot at a future star.
    (170 votes)
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