2014 NBA Draft: 5 Players the Memphis Grizzlies Should Target
5 Players the Memphis Grizzlies Should Target In the Draft
After an extremely impressive 2012-13 season, the Memphis Grizzlies have not played nearly as well this season. The team currently sits at 34-26, placing in the ninth spot in the Western Conference. For a franchise that made it all the way to the Western Conference Finals last season, this is certainly a huge disappointment.
We have to give Memphis credit, though, as the team got off to an awful start but have since improved their play drastically. However, the glaring issues with the Grizzlies are on the offensive end for the most part. Again, Memphis has struggled to even approach league average status in terms of team points per game. At the moment, the Grizzlies averaging just 95.7 PPG., good for 25th in the NBA.
Barring any substantial change, Memphis will likely have a draft pick near the No. 14 or 15 spot overall. Not an amazing pick, but at the same time it's not anything to complain about. With a little bit of luck and some smart decisions, the Grizzlies can possibly acquire a very young, impactful player.
Memphis is in desperate need of a player who can score in high-volumes. Both decisions to trade away Rudy Gay and to allow O.J. Mayo to walk in free agency were mistakes. Those two players were vital pieces of Memphis' offense. Of course, Gay's contract was a hefty one, but there is no excuse for not retaining Mayo. Now the Grizzlies must fill that void in this year's draft, so the idea of trading up a few picks may be a smart one.
This team is not totally out of having a chance to contend. It's a matter of improving the team offensively while also keeping that defensive minded approach.
5. Aaron Gordon - Arizona
Drafting Aaron Gordon would not fix Memphis' offensive issues, but if he were to fall, picking him may help bolster the bench. Gordon is an explosive player which is something that the Grizzlies are severely lacking.
4. Jerami Grant - Syracuse
A lights-out shooter, Jerami Grant would be a perfect fit as a sixth man on this team. His offensive game may take a year or two to develop fully, so in the meantime his defensive skills can make a huge impact on the team.
3. T.J. Warren - NC State
T.J. Warren is having an outstanding season at NC State. He is averaging 24 points and seven rebounds per game, including a career-high 41-point performance in his most recent game. Warren still has to improve his deep shooting, but he can make an immediate impact on Memphis if he were to fall to the organization.
2. Gary Harris - Michigan St.
Memphis would unquestionably have to trade up in order to select Gary Harris, yet it would 100 percent be worth it. Harris is a top-three shooting guard in college basketball who has coincidentally been compared to O.J. Mayo. If the situation presents itself, Memphis would be silly not to trade up to grab him early in the first round.
1. Doug McDermott - Creighton
A predictable No. 1 for this list, Doug McDermott is the absolute best fit for the Memphis Grizzlies. If the team decides not to trade up in the draft, McDermott is a plausible option. He has consistently been one of the nation's best scorers since suiting up for Creighton, and his game will most definitely translate well into the NBA. His scoring will drop, but his shooting skills will help the Grizzlies immensely.