In case you weren’t aware, it’s draft season for the Memphis Grizzlies. So much has already been speculated as to what the Grizzlies will do with the fourth overall pick and some attention has been given to who will be taken with their second round pick as well.
But do you know how hasn’t gotten as much attention? The guys who have a chance to go undrafted. These “Other Guys” may not have the same hype as Deandre Ayton, Luka Doncic, or Michael Porter Jr. but with the right opportunity these players can still make the most of their chance in the NBA.
Trevon Bluiett, G, Xavier
If you were a big fan of college basketball, chances are you’ve heard of Bluiett. He was the leading scorer for the Xavier Musketeers, helping to guide them to a No. 1 seed in March Madness. Trevon can knock it down from anywhere on the court, is a good athlete and has a good feel for the game. His biggest knocks are that he stayed at Xavier till his senior year and was arrested for possession of marijuana back in April 2017. The arrest could scare some teams away, but Memphis would be smart to give him a chance if he doesn’t hear his name called on June 21st.
Theo Pinson, G/F, UNC
Theo Pinson is an athletic swingman from North Carolina. Mostly a role player at Chapel Hill, Pinson operated like a bigger point guard with good ball-handling ability and shown that he can be a solid rebounder, defender and playmaker as well.
Where Pinson could run into a lot of trouble at the next level is his struggles with the most important aspect of the game: Shooting/scoring. He’s an inconsistent shooter and doesn’t look to score as much as he should. His athleticism and overall playmaking are worth a look in Summer League, but if he can’t score, he could struggle to make it in the NBA.
Kostas Antetokounmpo, F, Dayton
Kostas, younger brother of Bucks star Giannis, surprised many with his decision to declare for the draft after a so-so year at Dayton, where he never really broke out, despite an uber athletic 6’10 frame capable of playing multiple positions. He’s an intriguing prospect as a rim-running, shot-blocking type, but needs time to really learn the game and has a ways to go to develop his offensive play. Some team may give him a shot based solely on his name, so why shouldn’t Memphis be that team?
After the draft has concluded, there will be many new players looking for a home, and the Grizzlies would be smart to take a long look at these guys and many others in the chance of finding a diamond in the rough that could develop with the Memphis Hustle or as a reserve with the Grizzlies, depending on how the roster takes shape over the summer.