Nearing the end of the first round (and probably all the interest Grizzlies fans will have) here is where the active mock draft isheadinginto the 28th pick.
1.Washington John Wall (Kyle Weidie of Truth About It.net)
2. Philadelphia Evan Turner (Carey Smith of Philadunkia)
3.New Jersey Derrick Favors(Sebastian Pruiti of NetsAreScorching)
4.Minnesota Wesley Johnson(Zach Harper of A Wolf Among Wolves)
5. Sacramento DeMarcus Cousins(Zach Harper of Cowbell Kingdom)
6.Golden State Greg Monroe(Rasheed Malek of WarriorsWorld.net)
7. Detroit Ekpe Udoh(Dan Feldman of PistonPowered)
8.L.A. Clippers Al-Farouq Aminu (D.J. Foster of ClipperBlog)
9.Utah Xavier Henry(Spencer Hall of Salt City Hoops)
10. Indiana Paul George(Tim Donahue of Eight Points, Nine Seconds)
11. New Orleans Cole Aldrich(Joe Gerrity of Hornets247)
12. Memphis Ed Davis(Chip Crain of 3 Shades of Blue)
13. Toronto Avery Bradley(Zarar Siddiqi of Raptors Republic)
14. Houston Patrick Patterson(Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm)
15. Milwaukee Gordon Hayward(Jeremy Schmidt of Bucksketball.com)
16. Minnesota Hassan Whiteside(Zach Harper of A Wolf Among Wolves)
17. Chicago Luke Babbitt (Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm)
18. Miami Eric Bledsoe(Surya Fernandez of Hot Hot Hoops)
19. Boston James Anderson (Matt Moore of Hardwood Paroxysm)
20. San Antonio Damion James(Tim Varner of 48 Minutes of Hell)
21.Oklahoma City Daniel Orton(Royce Young of DailyThunder.com)
22. Portland – Soloman Alabi (Ezra Ace Caraeff of The Portland Roundball Society)
23. Minnesota – Kevin Seraphin (Zach Harper of A Wolf Among Wolves)
24. Atlanta- Larry Sanders(Bret LaGree of Hoopinion)
25. Memphis- Dominique Jones(Chip Crain of 3 Shades of Blue)
26. Oklahoma City- Tibor Pleiss (Royce Young of DailyThunder.com)
27. New Jersey – Jordan Crawford (Sebastian Pruiti of NetsAreScorching)
With the final Grizzlies pick in the draft (and this assumes the Grizzlies don’t trade one or more of their picks for a veteran which I fully expect them to do) the Grizzlies choose…
And the fans go wild!
Seriously, Williams may be a cop out pick but for a franchise that has had such horrible PR over the last few years, doing something to make the locals happy has to be considered.
And the smooth shooting southpaw has a lot to make the front office happy about besides just ticket sales. Smooth as silk with a nose for the rim and a decent passing eye, Williams shocked a lot of people after transfering from Duke to be closer to his mother. Being drafted by the Memphis Grizzlies would be a dream come true for Williams and when you are in the smallest market in the NBA it is nice to have a player who wants to be on your team.
Williams has decent size, is capable of playing either backcourt position and that is something that has to be attractive to the Grizzlies. However, Williams hasn’t got a lot of confidence in his pull up jump shot, prefering to go all the way to the rim than hitting a stop and pop type of shot. Williams also struggles going to his right and will need to work extremely hard to improve that area of his game.
Basically this draft leaves Memphis will little immediate help for their most pressing need which is a backup PG ready to play right away. Of course if that player isn’t available in the draft you don’t reach for him. It is better to acquire assets that can be used to attain the player you want than it is to reach down and overpay someone who won’t be able to fill the role anyway.
If Memphis doesn’t take Williams then look for a darkhorse like Grievis Vasquez or Armon Johnson to be taken. The Grizzlies are hesitant to start the season without a proven PG on the roster behind Mike Conley so a reach here for a true point guard, even if limited in other ways, would be understandable.