The Memphis Grizzlies enter the 2020 NBA Draft with one second-round pick. After last year’s draft success, what will the team do this year?
The Memphis Grizzlies didn’t just hit home run in the 2019 NBA Draft, they produced a solid extra-base hit right after the draft.
With their lone choice in 2019, the Grizzlies used the No. 2 overall pick on point guard Ja Morant. He went on to almost unanimously win NBA Rookie of the Year and establish himself as the face of the Memphis franchise.
A couple of weeks after the 2019 draft, the Grizzlies executed a trade with the Oklahoma City Thunder for No. 21 overall pick Brandon Clarke. The power forward would go on to make the NBA All-Rookie First Team alongside Morant.
Going into the 2020 NBA Draft, the Grizzlies again have just one pick. This time it’s in the second round, the No. 40 overall choice. Can the Grizzlies knock it out of the park again?
The Grizzlies struggled with 3-point shooting and perimeter defense last season, leaving many draft analysts to list shooting guard and small forward as their biggest areas of need in the 2020 draft.
With the paint being anchored by Jonas Valanciunas, Jaren Jackson Jr., and Gorgui Dieng, the Grizzlies should look to add another perimeter player instead of a frontcourt player. This will not only add even more depth to the Grizzlies on the wings, but will also allow the front office to put together better trade packages in the future if they decide to go that route.
Here are four players the Grizzlies should strongly consider that are projected to be available when the 40th pick rolls around.