1. Ziaire Williams
The Grizzlies traded up to tenth to select Williams in the 2021 NBA Draft, which many viewed as a reach. He played 21.2 minutes per game as a rookie, but his playing time decreased in year two. The 22-year-old won the competition to be the starting three in training camp, but things have not gone as planned after eight games.
Williams is averaging 9.1 points and 6.1 rebounds, but playing just 27.8 minutes per game. He is shooting 40.0 percent from the field and 31.4 percent on his threes. The Grizzlies have been outscored with him on the floor in seven of the first eight games and have produced a negative-17.8 net rating.
The 22-year-old still has time to improve but has struggled mightily to begin the 2023-24 campaign. Memphis needs a trusted answer at the three moving forward. They will likely shift Desmond Bane down after Ja Morant’s return, but having a skilled 3-and-D wing should be near the top of the team’s wish list.
Things have been terrible for the Grizzlies to begin the season. Will Morant’s 25-game suspension dash their playoff hopes? Memphis needs to get back on track immediately if they plan to qualify. Can they do it? These five players certainly need to step up if they want any shot.