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Memphis Grizzlies draft Ziaire Williams 10th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft

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The Memphis Grizzlies take a swing with one of the draft’s most interesting prospects.

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With the 10th overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select Ziaire Williams from the University of Stanford.

The 19-year old played one season at Stanford, averaging 10.7 points, 4.6 rebounds, and 2.2 assists, while shooting 37.4% from the field and 29.1% from 3 in 20 games. He had a rough season this past year, as he dealt with COVID, Stanford’s protocols that kept them off campus for a lot of the year, injuries, and deaths in the family.

Everyone talked about the Memphis Grizzlies taking an upside swing in this year’s draft, and Ziaire Williams is just that. Though he had an underwhelming season last year, he still possesses unique tools. He’s a 6’10” wing with the ability to create off the dribble and with a shooting touch. If it all works out, he fills a need the Grizzlies have been looking to fill for years — a big wing that can score at 3 levels.

Is he going to pan out? I’m not sure. However, this front office deserves the benefit of the doubt after a series of strong moves — especially on draft night — over the past two seasons. Now, we see how he develops in this Memphis Grizzlies system.

Welcome to Memphis, Ziaire. This could be fun.

Read Justin Lewis’ profile on Ziaire Williams here.

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