By Nathan Grubel @The_Only_Grubes on June 12, 2014
With the NBA Draft right around the corner, the Memphis Grizzlies need to be looking at players based on their current need, shooting. Here are five players who pose as intriguing prospects, but should be avoided by the Grizzlies based on their current need.
K.J. McDaniels is a talented athlete and an elite defender, but he just simply cannot get it done offensively. The Grizzlies may be tempted to add to their defensive juggernaut, but the team needs shooting in the worst way in order to contend. Guys who cannot score should be on the do not draft list for the Grizzlies, period.
The Grizzlies may or may not keep Kosta Koufus for next season, and if they do not, then it would mean the team would need a backup center to improve depth and give Marc Gasol and Zach Randolph much needed rest throughout the season. Mitch McGary is an intriguing prospect when healthy, but the Grizzlies cannot afford to gamble on him, or any other center in the draft. Big men can be found in free agency; Memphis must hone in on shooting.
T.J. Warren has a knack for scoring the basketball any which way possible, except from long range. Warren shot 26.7 percent from three this past season at NC State, and while the Grizzlies do need offense, they primarily need shooting to spread the floor for their big men and give Mike Conley driving lanes so he can do his thing getting to the rim or finding teammates. Potential is nice, but the Grizzlies need someone who can shoot now.
Kyle Anderson is one of those prospects who will either be really good or really bad; there is no real middle ground for him. Anderson is limited defensively due to his lack of lateral quickness, but offensively, he is a point forward who can cause a lot of mismatch problems and even shoot the ball. The problem with Anderson is that the Grizzlies do not have time to wait on him. He could be great down the road, but Memphis needs a shooter now.
Jerami Grant is the one player in this draft class who, if the Grizzlies fall in love with his athletic and defensive abilities and draft him, then God bless the team and its front office staff. Grant has shown absolutely no signs of being able to shoot the ball from anywhere, and he even fits the bill as a classic tweener who doesn't succeed in the NBA. Grant could develop and prove people wrong, but the Grizzlies cannot afford to gamble.
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