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Memphis Grizzlies draft Santi Aldama 30th overall in the 2021 NBA Draft

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Grizzlies trade with the Jazz to take the Spaniard with the final pick of the first round

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The Grizzlies weren’t done with the first round after selecting Zaire Williams 10th overall, as they made a trade with the Utah Jazz to make a pick at 30th overall for the second year in a row.

The trade is a bit surprising with guys like Miles McBride and Jared Butler still on the board, but the Grizzlies clearly see something in Aldama who is from Spain but played two seasons at Loyola, Maryland.

In those two seasons, Aldama averaged 19 points per game, 9. 2 rebounds and a combined 2.7 blocks/steals per game. Aldama had a solid second season with Loyola, averaging a 20-10 double double. He also shot nearly 60% from 2-point range while shooting 37% from beyond the arc.

The Grizzlies sent the 40th overall pick, acquired in the trade with New Orleans, along with two future second round picks to the Jazz to select Aldama at 30th overall.

It’s been an odd draft for the Grizzlies, after the success of the last two seasons. That said, the Grizzlies have yet to miss on a draft pick since the new regime took over so we will see how things play out.

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