Memphis Grizzlies have three realistic scenarios for the NBA Draft
The Memphis Grizzlies finished the season as one of the NBA's surprise stories, but now they have to capitalize on that success.
The Grizzlies have two first-round picks (22nd and 29th overall)
and one second-round pick (47th) in Thursday night's NBA Draft (7 p.m., ESPN)
The Grizzlies drafted Desmond Bane 30th two seasons ago
and Brandon Clarke 21st overall in 2019.
Ja Morant, Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr.
Memphis can afford to stay put and take more risks on younger prospects with higher ceilings
while depending on their developmental system.
Going up the draft boards is usually an indication that a team has its eye on someone and isn't going to let that player get away.
Morant and Jackson have already been described as cornerstone players by Kleiman
and Bane's most recent season suggests he's entering that tier, too.
Grizzlies coach Taylor Jenkins and Morant are among those high on the upside of Grizzlies wing Ziaire Williams, so center will be the likely target.
The Charlotte Hornets have the 13th and 15th picks and are rumored to be interested in shopping one of the choices.
but trading up for a player like Jalen Duren or Mark Williams seems like the clearest scenario for Memphis.