The Memphis Grizzlies fell out of the 2014 Western Conference Playoffs to the Oklahoma City Thunder, but their season wasn’t a total loss. They surpassed expectations in the regular season and took OKC to Game 7. Memphis is slowly becoming a better franchise and should improve once again this offseason.
When it comes to the 2014 NBA Draft, the Grizzlies own just one pick at No. 22 overall. Memphis has the talent to once again make it to the Western Conference Playoffs, but they cannot afford to miss on a draft pick or they risk falling short of a deep playoff run once again.
It’s hard to find a team in the NBA as physical and tough as Memphis can be, but their toughness down-low isn’t going to win them every game. The Grizzlies need a go-to scorer on the outside. Rudy Gay used to be that player for the Grizzlies, but now they rely on a mixture of points from different players. With the No. 22 overall pick, they must pick a player who can score often and fast, if only to pull some of the pressure off of Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol.
One of the most exciting players in college basketball last season, North Carolina State Wolfpack SF TJ Warren would be a perfect fit for the Memphis offense. A streaky scorer, Warren was voted the ACC‘s player of the year and averaged nearly 25 points per game. He’s a talented player who is only 20, so he has a lot of room for growth.
With a little work, Memphis could turn Warren from the go-to scorer that he was in college into a key piece of their rotation who allows for them to go even deeper into the 2015 playoffs.