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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Kel'el Ware

In the event that the Grizzlies are completely committed to taking a center in this year's NBA Draft, and, let's say Donovan Clingan is already off the board, they may want to shift their attention toward a lesser buzzed-about prospect who could theoretically be a more desirable fit within their rotation from an established skill-set perspective.

Kel'el Ware is a 7-foot, 230-pound sophomore who just wrapped up his first and final season in the Big Ten with the Indiana Hoosiers. There, he put forth a monstrous campaign where he showed off his impressive rim-running, shot-swatting, and floor-spacing skills on a nightly basis.

Logging 32.2 minutes a night, Ware went on to post 15.9 points, 9.9 rebounds, and 1.9 blocks per game while shooting 58.6 percent from the field and 42.5 percent from distance.

Some such as The Ringer's Kevin O'Connor have described Ware as having "the mold of Dereck Lively II," though with the ability to expand beyond the paint and toward the perimeter on offense, while others have linked his game more closely to Milwaukee Bucks big Brook Lopez.

Regardless of which pro he more closely resembles, it's fair to say that either one's skill set could be of great benefit to this Grizzlies team when fully healthy, and, should they stay put at ninth overall, the young center should absolutely be high up on their radar.