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With three second-round picks, the Memphis Grizzlies don’t seem likely to leave the draft with an impact player, but they certainly will come away with a handful of rookies. The Grizzlies have picks #41, #55, and the last pick of the draft at #60.
Three-point shooting was a huge need for the Grizz last season, and it wouldn’t hurt them to spend two or even three picks on shooters. Kentucky guard Archie Goodwin, Spanish guard Alex Abrines and Syracuse forward James Southerland all fit that bill. However, Memphis may also have interest in using one of their picks on a big body to fill out their roster. Their big men depth consists primarily of the 6’8″ Darrell Arthur and the 6’10″ Ed Davis. Picking up some height in the draft for the sake of having young size would make sense. Colorado State’s Colton Iverson and USC’s Dewayne Dedmon could be of interest.
Memphis has also reportedly had interest in trading into the first round, which makes things much more interesting for Grizz fans. Depending on where they can move up to, they could be looking at three-point shooters Kentavious Caldwell-Pope (late lottery) or Tony Snell (late first round) or 7-footer Mason Plumlee (mid first round).
Whether or not the Grizz trade up to the first round, they won’t be coming away from the draft empty-handed.
It’s anyone’s guess whether the Grizz will come away with anything significant, but for Grizzlies fans, at least know that your team will certainly have plenty of opportunities to strike gold.