Let’s take this time to say thank you to the Utah Jazz for the tremendous return we got for our fearless, over 30 years old, max contract point guard Mike Conley.
By now, you all know the return we got, but who, oh who, will we take at 23?
Every draft have guys that shoot up the draft board and go higher than expected then you have the guys who fall. Last season Michael Porter Jr. was mentioned at times to go #2 to Sacramento or even #4 to Memphis, but he ended up going 14th to the Denver Nuggets.
So who are the guys this year that could “fall” to the Grizzlies at 23?
The 7’3” freshman out of Oregon has been widely pronounced as a top 5 talent in this draft that is also a top 5 risk. There are knocks on his work ethic and injury history. But his three point stroke, guard dribbling skills and shot block ability are very tempting and if he is still on the board at 23, take the risk.
Kevin Porter Jr.
EXTRA 2019 NBA DRAFT NOTES NOT IN ARTICLE— Chris Vernon (@ChrisVernonShow) June 20, 2019
(from my notes from execs/ scouts/ college coaches/ etc that I talked to about my list)
1) I said WOW! at Kevin Porter Jr highlights as much as I did with any player. I couldn’t find anyone not worried bout off court
The kid can play. The Grizzlies have longed for an athletic, shot creating wing and KPJ is just that. The eye test says he can flat out go.
But are the off the court concerns with his character and his, at times, laziness on the court just too much to overlook?
These would be the guys that are projected to be drafted in this range and would be an excellent value pick for Memphis.
Ty Jerome is a 6’5 Junior from the NCAA Champion Virginia Cavaliers. I admit I over looked this guy as an option here, but after looking at him again, this kid is a real option here. He averaged 13 points 5.5 assists and 4 rebounds while shooting almost 40% from 3.
He’s not extremely athletic and doesn't have great length, but he has high basketball IQ and knows how to win. He would be a great fit to play beside Morant or even be his back up.
Due to the fact that he plays in the PAC-12, not many of us are familiar with KZ, but this is a high floor player. He is a 6’10” wing that can defend multiple positions while also shooting the three point ball at a 37% clip. If you love length and shooting, this is a guy to look at here.
Grant Williams reminds me of Montrezl Harrell. He is undersized for where he is going to have to play in the NBA. 32% from three leaves a lot to be desired but it means there is potential for that to improve. He has a super high basketball IQ and plays hard at all times. He will be a plus player in this league from the start and would be a great value here.
Darius is one of the guys that skipped playing in college and put all his eggs in spending a year to prepare for the draft. His draft stock is low because no one has seen him play against the higher level talent. Being a High School All-American doesn't automatically mean you can play in the league, so he has had to prove that at the combine and work outs.
The 6’9” forward was the 13th prospect in the 2018 high school class and is a great athlete. His shooting stroke needs work but he can slash and finish very well as well defend all positions on the floor. If the guys above are all off the board, he is worth a look here.