By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on May 2, 2014
The Memphis Grizzlies have a solid foundation upon which the team has been built. The most glaring weakness for the Grizzlies is a wing who can spread the floor and not compromise the team on defense. Here are five prospects the Grizzlies can use their first-round pick on to fill the void.
McDermott may not be the best defensive player or the best candidate to start games in the bunch, but off of the bench he can become a prolific shooter in the mold of a Kyle Korver, another former Creighton player. McDermott averaged 26.7 points per game with a shooting percentage of 52.6, including 44.9 from three. McDermott's PER was a scorching 32.8, which proves that his scoring ability should be able to translate in some form in the NBA.
Early was considered a fringe first rounder, but with his performance against Kentucky in the NCAA tournament (31 points on 70.6 percent shooting), he proved that he can be a contributor at the next level. Early is a long athlete who has a variety of moves that he can go to in order to score away from the basket, including a step back and fade away shot. Early is the kind of athletic scorer the Grizzlies could use on their team.
Hood is another athletic scorer who could do great things for Memphis. He has not been labeled as a go-to scorer off the dribble, but Hood is athletic enough to create his own shot on the perimeter, and his shooting stroke from deep (42.0 percent from three this past season) may be exactly what the Grizzlies need to space the floor. If pushed to play hard enough and work on his defense, Hood may be capable of potentially holding his own there.
Stauskas is the kind of shooter you want to set up plays for on offense. His ability to shoot the ball from deep (career 44.1 percent shooter from three at Michigan) and move without the ball to get himself a good look is invaluable for teams that do not currently have enough weapons from deep. While he is not the best defensive player, there is no question the skills he brings on offense outweigh the defensive negatives.
Young played only one season at the University of Kentucky, but he was a part of a team that went to the NCAA title game. Young scored 20 points against UConn in that game, and displayed his abilities to shoot the ball both from inside and beyond the arc. Young is a bouncy scorer who can make plays at the rim as well as shoot the ball with ease. He also played well enough on defense at Kentucky to be considered the ideal fit for the Grizzlies.
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