DRAFT PICKS: Round 1: #2, #27 Round 2: #36
|5. Kevin Love||4. Mike Conley||8. Rudy Gay||19. Hakim Warrick|
|28. Donte Greene||24. Kyle Lowry|
|* Draft rights traded|
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.
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.
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.