2012 NBA Draft Grades: Tony Wroten Jr. to Memphis at No. 25
Memphis Grizzlies | Last Season: 41-25 (Lost First Round of Playoffs) | Draft Picks: 25
Season Summary: The Grizzlies gave the Los Angeles Clippers a run for their money in the first round of the playoffs before falling in Game 7, but they once again proved to have a strong group of players in Rudy Gay, Marc Gasol, and Zach Randolph. Earning home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs was a big step in the right direction for this team and it should benefit them in the future.
Draft Needs: Similar to the Thunder, the Grizzlies will most likely be drafting a player to help off the bench considering there starting lineup is already set. However, it may not be a bad idea to draft a guard considering nobody knows what will happen with O.J. Mayo during the offseason.
Pick #25: Tony Wroten Jr. | PG | Washington
Tony Wroten has a very unique skill set for a point guard at 6-foot-6. He’s very long and athletic. Wroten was the Pac-12 Freshman of the year and honestly you could have made a bit of a case to put him in the player of the year discussion in the conference. His length helps him a great deal defensively, and he’s very effective at getting to the rim. One area he needs to improve is his jump shot, but it’s only a matter of time before his perimeter game comes around.
2012-2013 Outlook: This team will most likely make another run at the playoffs again, but it’s hard to imagine them coming up out of the Western Conference with Oklahoma City in the picture. Still, this team continues to progress each year and it wouldn’t be a surprise if they came out as one of the top teams in the Conference again.
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