By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on May 22, 2014
The Memphis Grizzlies had an up and down season to say the least this past year. Now that the team knows where it will be positioned in the upcoming 2014 NBA draft, here are five players who the Grizzlies can take a look at who could potentially fill the team's major need in perimeter scoring.
Wilcox had a solid senior year at the University of Washington, putting up reasonable averages of 18.3 points per game on 45.3 percent shooting including 39.1 percent from the three-point line. Wilcox does not have much of an upside as a prospect, but a team knows what it's getting when drafting him. Wilcox can really stroke it from deep, and a shooter like him may be just what the Grizzlies need to stay competitive in the Western Conference.
Robinson stayed another year at Michigan in hope to expand upon his game and learn how to be a better basketball player overall. Throughout this past year, Robinson showed flashes of brilliance and elite athletic talent, but just could not put it all together on a consistent enough basis to be considered a top prospect in the draft. Robinson has potent offensive potential, and if Memphis can bring him along, the reward may justify the risk.
Warren was not a great shooter from deep at North Carolina State (26.7 percent from three this season), but he did figure out how to put the ball in the hole as he averaged 24.9 points per game on 52.5 percent shooting overall. Warren was a scoring machine in the college game last year, and should be able to translate at least some of his ability on the NBA level. The Grizzlies may not get a lights out shooter, but a dynamic scorer nonetheless.
Hairston ran into his fair share of troubles in college and eventually was gone from North Carolina and into the NBA D-League. Hairston did put on a show for the Texas Legends, as he showcased his great size for the shooting guard position along with his ability to shoot the ball lights out from deep and get into the lane and draw contact. If Hairston can stay out of trouble, he could be just the perimeter scorer the Grizzlies need.
With where the Grizzlies are drafting, Early is by far the best fit for the team due to his blend of athleticism and perimeter scoring. Early tested well at the combine, proving he has the athleticism necessary to play wing in the NBA as well as defend that area. At Wichita State, Early was able to showcase an offensive game that combined outside shooting with pull-ups in the mid range and some crazy finishes at the rim, just what Memphis needs.
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