After months of speculation and hours of watching a historic virtual NBA Draft play out, finally the pick is in. The Memphis Grizzlies have selected 30th overall after a trade with the Boston Celtics for a future draft pick (meaning #40 is still in play for the Grizzlies, per a report from the Boston Globe’s Adam Himmelsbach) in the 2020 NBA Draft.
Desmond Bane took an unexpected tumble down the draft. A talented scorer (43.3% from range for his career) and facilitator in the pick and roll, Bane showed flashes of a game offensively that fits quite nicely alongside Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and company. He is a solid defender as well that is extremely competitive with a very high basketball IQ. He certainly could compete for playing time early on despite the loaded current rotation.
Heading in to the draft, it was speculated that the Grizzlies could go in any number of directions - third point guard, scoring wing, developmental big. It was always going to come down to what was available at the time, and Memphis made the selection they did hopefully while honoring their big board. Talent acquisition remains the goal for Zach Kleiman and company with the Grizzlies front office, and this selection sticks with that model.
10:45 PM CT UPDATE - Himmelsbach reports the trade was for two future second round picks from Memphis. That’s a win for the Grizzlies to acquire Bane.