The Memphis Grizzlies sit 1 game out of the 8th spot in the Western Conference behind Phoenix and Dallas. The Grizzlies are on the fringe of possibly holding a Lottery Pick in this year’s NBA Draft. The question remains though, who should the Grizzlies target this summer?
The injury bug has bitten the Grizzlies this season at every position. Marc Gasol missed 23 games with an MCL injury, Tony Allen suffered a hand contusion and missed a month and a half and Mike Conley suffered a leg injury missing six games. The most intriguing injury of the season had to be when Zach Randolph missed two games due to an ingrown toe nail.
There’s no question that Small Forward is the biggest need for the Grizzlies heading into the offseason. Tayshaun Prince has been a major disappointment for the Grizzlies this year. He’s averaging career lows in shooting %, points and rebounds.
An interesting target for the Grizzlies in this year’s draft could be Creighton Blue Jays Forward Doug McDermott. McDermott is averaging a career high 25.9 ppg for the Blue Jays. He’s shooting 51.4% from the field, 43.6% from three and 87.7% from the charity stripe. McDermott standing at 6’8, is a SF for the Blue Jays and can be a stretch 4 in the NBA. He may not have the strength like Carmelo Anthony and Lebron James, but would be a great fit for a Memphis team that lacks in perimeter scoring. McDermott is the latest player in Divison 1 basketball to join the 3,000 point club.
Another player the Grizzlies can target this summer is Missouri Shooting Guard Jabari Brown. Brown is a 6’5 SG and leads the Tigers in scoring averaging 20.1 ppg. Brown is averaging the best numbers of his career for the Tigers. He is shooting 42.6% from three and 48.3% from the field. Brown is a pure slasher for the tigers and is a great inside and outside scorer. Brown lacks the defensive prowess that the Grizzlies like from their players, but again he is another scoring threat that could help make the team even more dangerous in the West. Courtney Lee will be entering his Contract year for the Grizzlies in the 2014 season and Tony Allen isn’t getting any younger. Brown may be a project, but could be a cornerstone the franchise can rally around for years to come.