2. Ziaire Williams
Following the departure of Dillon Brooks this offseason, the Grizzlies found themselves with a vacancy at their starting wing position that was in dire need of filling.
Throughout training camp, the battle for the primary three spot was largely fought between third-year pro Ziaire Williams and incoming sophomore David Roddy and, though the two made some strong cases for why they were deserving of a promotion, ultimately the former landed the role.
Since entering the league as the 10 overall selection back in the 2021 NBA Draft, Williams has been a far-from-consistent rotational player who has seen more downs than ups and has spent time in and out of the G League.
However, with his play in the preseason, coach Jenkins finally entrusted him to man the small forward slot within the starting five.
Though it may be early, things haven’t faired as well as many may have hoped.
Averaging 29.2 minutes, Williams is posting 10.4 points and 6.8 rebounds a night which, on the surface, are solid numbers. Unfortunately, they are also attached to 2.0 turnovers, shooting splits of 40.9 percent from the field and 33.3 percent from deep, and offensive and defensive ratings of 96 and 117, respectively.
Should things not improve either from a team perspective or an individual standpoint, the Grizzlies may simply want to try and sell high on his allure of being a recent lottery selection still attached to his rookie-scale contract to pry away another player who may be perceived as being more beneficial to their on-court production.