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DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #2, #27 Round 2: #36

Draft History
2008 2007 2006 2005
5. Kevin Love 4. Mike Conley 8. Rudy Gay 19. Hakim Warrick
28. Donte Greene   24. Kyle Lowry  
* Draft rights traded      


  • 28–58


  • 103.5 (28th)


  • 109.5 (21th)

Free Agents:

Areas of Strength:

With O.J. Mayo, Rudy Gay, Hakim Warrick and Darrell Arthur playing major minutes, Memphis has a collection of long, lean, physically gifted players that can cause havoc on both ends.

Needs Work:

Point guard.

Memphis gave up on Kyle Lowry at the point after two and a half seasons when they traded him to Houston. Mike Conley's tenure might be even shorter. It's not just that the 6-foot-1, 180-pounder has trouble defending bigger guards. His jump shot is considered shaky at best.

Two Stats That Matter:

  • 0 – The number of Playoff wins in the history of the Grizzlies franchise.
  • 93.9 – Memphis' points per game last season, 29th in the league.

The Way To Go:

If the Grizzlies have one thing going for them, it's cap space. Memphis is a good $20-25 million under the salary cap with only one key free agent left to sign in Warrick. Whatever needs the Grizzlies can't address in the Draft, they'll have the flexibility to wrangle in a couple high-profile free agents. As for the Draft, with the Clippers already showing their hand on Blake Griffin a month early, Memphis has to figure out whether Ricky Rubio is worth giving up on Conley for or if Connecticut's Hasheem Thabeet is the choice at No. 2, either moving Marc Gasol to power forward or to the bench. After a few down years and a slew of different coaches, the Grizzlies finally have a foundation coming together with some bright young talent and a stable, educator-type coach in Lionel Hollins.

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