2022 NBA Draft Profile


Memphis Grizzlies

2022 Draft Picks:

22, 29, 47
2021-22 Season: 56-261st place, Southwest DivisionLost to Warriors in West semifinals
22Walker KesslerCAuburnUnited States
29TyTy Washington Jr.GKentuckyUnited States
47Vince Williams Jr.FVCUUnited States
Acquired Jake LaRavia (No. 19) from MIN in exchange for Walker Kessler (No. 22) and TyTy Washington (No. 29)
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Acquired David Roddy (No. 23) from PHI
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Acquired Kennedy Chandler (No. 38) from SAS

Pre-Draft Outlook

With Memphis turning the corner as a franchise in 2021-22, difficult decisions await as it will look to sign superstar guard Ja Morant to a long-term maximum extension, in addition to making the call about whether to keep free agents Tyus Jones and Kyle Anderson. Third-year forward Brandon Clarke, who stood out throughout Memphis’ postseason run, is also eligible for an extension. The Grizzlies have three picks in 2022, with the first two falling near the end of the first round, which indicates the team could be looking to package those selections to either grab another impact player or move up the Draft order. For good reason, the Grizzlies hope to keep their young core together for as long as possible. 

A Stat That Matters

4, 6 — The Grizzlies ranked in the top 10 in both offensive and defensive efficiency for the first time in the franchise’s 27 seasons, finishing fourth on offense (the highest rank in franchise history) and sixth on defense (their 10th finish in the top 10).

The Way To Go 

Morant’s extension could reach more than $200 million, and Jones will be one of the top free-agent guards available, which means he’ll be also be pricey to keep. That’s not even getting into a potential new deal for Clarke, who is one of the team’s core players. The Grizzlies have the assets available to add another impact contributor to their core. They’ve got extra picks and a couple of solid tradeable players in Dillon Brooks and Steven Adams, who will play next season on expiring contracts. Memphis could use an upgrade at the center spot, and Auburn’s Walker Kessler might be available at the No. 22 slot. Marjon Beauchamp is another intriguing prospect that could fit the Grizzlies.

Under Contract  

G: Desmond Bane
G: John Konchar
G: De’Anthony Melton
G: Ja Morant
G: Tyrell Terry
G/F: Dillon Brooks
F: Brandon Clarke
F: Xavier Tillman
F: Ziaire Williams
F/C: Santi Aldama
F/C: Jaren Jackson Jr.
F/C: Killian Tillie
C: Steven Adams

Free Agents  

G: Tyus Jones (unrestricted)
G/F: Jarrett Culver (unrestricted)
F/G: Kyle Anderson (unrestricted)
F: Yves Pons (restricted)
2022 Free Agent Tracker

Last year’s Draft 

2021: Ziaire Williams (10)*, Trey Murphy (17)**, Santi Aldama (30)*, BJ Boston (51)** 

* = acquired via trade
** = traded in draft-night deal 

— Michael C. Wright