The team selected Jordan Adams with the No. 22 overall pick in the draft, and by grabbing a scoring guard who can shoot the ball and create his own shot, they addressed a serious need.
Adams did plenty of this during his two years at UCLA, as he averaged 17.4 points per game on 48.5% shooting including 35.6% from three point range. There are pretty good percentages for a guard who has such a high usage rate (26.5%) and was asked to do so much for a team offensively.
Adams has good size for the shooting guard position at 6-foot-5 and he is not afraid to go up against players who are bigger than him. Adams routinely tried to create contact in the lane during his time at UCLA and will try to do anything he can to score the basketball. Not only is Adams a physical guard, but he is also a capable shooter and has a variety of floaters and shots to be able to finish in the lane and at the rim. Adams has a knack for scoring and shooting the basketball, which is just what Memphis needs in order to contend for a championship.
In the 2014 postseason, the Grizzlies struggled mightily shooting the ball at an efficient rate, and Adams simply knows how to get buckets, and he knows how to do it without chucking up missed shot after missed shot in hopes of getting something to fall.
Adams will be a welcome addition to the Grizzlies’ back court, and will draw some pressure away from big men Zach Randolph and Marc Gasol, making their jobs on the offensive side of the ball a little easier.
Defensively, Adams still needs a little bit of work, as his awareness on that side of the ball is lacking. However, him going to the Grizzlies means he will be taught how to play quality defense right out of the gate, and he will also have a quality mentor in Tony Allen, who is one of the best perimeter defenders in the entire NBA.
The Grizzlies nailed this pick, and with more scoring in their back court, the Grizzlies could be even more dangerous come next season.