3 NBA Draft prospects not named Donovan Clingan Grizzlies must target

The Memphis Grizzlies need a backup plan in this year's NBA Draft if all fails in their pursuit of UConn center Donovan Clingan.
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Dalton Knecht

Though the popular belief is that the Grizzlies will be looking to add a big man in this year's draft what with their absence of any true center option, considering they ranked dead last in points per game and second-to-last in three-point shooting this past season there's an argument to be made that they could equally use for some extra firepower in the shooting and point-getting department.

In this year's class, Tennessee wing Dalton Knecht could realistically be seen as the most NBA-ready prospect when it comes to both of these aforementioned areas of play.

2023-24 proved to be a sensational year for Knecht, as he went on to post sensational averages of 21.7 points, 4.9 rebounds, and 1.8 assists while shooting 45.8 percent from the floor and 39.7 percent from distance on 6.5 attempts per night in his first and, ultimately, final season with the Volunteers.

Along with his counting stats, the 23-year-old would receive numerous accolades for his productivity including honors such as First-Team All-American and SEC Player of the Year.

Seemingly an easy offensive fit alongside guys like Ja Morant, Desmond Bane, and Jaren Jackson Jr. due to his off-ball shooting and mobility, driving ability, and underrated athleticism while running out on the break, there are many reasons to like Knecth heading into this year's draft.

Add on the fact that the Grizzlies could be in need of a long-range sniper what with the uncertainty with Luke Kennard's 2024-25 team-option, and selecting the wing could prove to be quite a logical move, especially if they stay put at ninth pick.