Each year, SB Nation puts together a community layout featuring bloggers from all teams’ blogs with a first-round selection. This is my first time as a site manager this year and these exercises are always great to highlight the different paths each team can take.
For the Memphis Grizzlies, I wanted to use those two first-round picks (22 and 29) to add depth. In doing so, I took the risk of going both ways that Zach Kleiman and company have taken in the last three drafts. One was to be an underrated high schooler who slides down the boards due to age and physical limitations (such as wingspan) and the other was to be an upward swing.
Let’s start with the 22nd choice.
With number 22 in SB Nation 2022 Trial NBA DraftMemphis Grizzlies pick Dahlen Terry, University of Arizona
Here are my reasons for choosing:
The Memphis Grizzlies could lose both Tyus Jones and Kyle Anderson at large, and they could use the draft to replace either player. How about someone who could potentially replace both of them? Terry won’t be able to fill that role right away, and they can bring back any free agent on short-term contracts temporarily. However, he has the versatile skill set of a 6ft 7in combo defender.
Terry is in many ways consistent with the philosophy of the team. With its 7ft 0in wingspan, its defensive impact is very high – it jumps on passes to increase casualties, an area in which the Grizzlies thrive. Taylor Jenkins also wants to have as many playmakers on the floor as possible, and they experimented with lineups without a traditional point guard when Ja Morant was injured. Dalene Terry can easily fit into this system thanks to his playing prowess and pick-and-roll potential. His offense could also take another leap forward with a promising end-of-season shot.
At 22nd pick, there aren’t many options to play better than Dalene Terry.
The counting statistics will not surprise anyone. In his second season last year, he averaged 8.0 points, 4.8 rebounds and 3.9 assists while shooting 50.2% from the field, 36.4% from three and 73.6% from the free throw line. throws. He had two other possible first-round picks with me, including potential top 10 pick Bennedikt Maturin as the top scorer.
The raw numbers say nothing about Terry. He is a big guard who plays with infectious energy. He jumps down the aisles, flies through the transitions and finds his teammates with tricky passes.
Terry has experience with glue, something he mentioned several times in his interview with former ESPN draft analyst Mike Schmitz. His skill set indicates that he may even be more than this type of role player. At 6ft 7in and with a wingspan of 7ft 1in, he has the versatility and ball skills to initiate an offense or complement another main ball player – in this case, Ja Morant. He must also slip and defend positions 1-4 while wreaking havoc.
As the Grizzlies enter this offseason, there is a high chance of roster turnover. Both Kyle Anderson and Tyus Jones become free agents. Then both DeAnthony Melton and Dillon Brooks are the two most likely trade candidates. Terry is an option that could come off the bench to give doses of what Anderson, Jones and Melton have provided. Playing with size was a priority for this Grizzlies front office and for the Taylor Jenkins system. Dalene Terry would fit him under the T as an all-around big defender who plays on both sides of the ball.
When you look at the benefits outside of the lottery, Dalene Terry comes to mind. Combining an interesting skill set, versatility and energy, Terry has one of the best chances of any non-lottery player to be in the top 5 in this draft class. Outside shooting is the main swing skill here. however, he scored 46.5% of 3 in the last 18 games of the season.. On the 22nd pick, for a team with their base set, they can afford to rock with an exciting top pick like Dalene Terry.
With the 29th pick in the 2022 SB Nation NBA Trial Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies selected Christian Brown from the University of Kansas.
More on my rationale for choosing Braun:
Let’s move on to the other side of the Memphis Grizzlies brand: the older college graduate who was not drafted due to physical limitations or age. Christian Brown of Kansas is a fiery athlete who fits into the culture of this Memphis Grizzlies team. He is a brash defender who can defend positions 1-3 and rebound well for his size. Offensively, he is a versatile scorer who will work on a plug and play basis – very good and excellent ratings on transition (1.187 PPP), pick-and-roll play (0.904 PPP), cutting (1.262 PPP) . and transfer efficiency (1,086 PPP) according to Synergy Sports. For a team looking to challenge for the championship next season, Christian Brown is the type of rookie who can answer the call when his number is called next season and also have the luxury of finishing his G-League game.
That’s why I want the Grizzlies to pick Christian Brown.
Christian Brown is likely to slip due to his age (21) and wingspan (6ft 7in on a 6ft 6.5in wingspan) and that could once again benefit the Memphis Grizzlies. He was instrumental in the Jayhawks’ title run. He was an excellent assistant to Ohai Agbaji on the flank – he acted as a 3-and-D glue.
Brown also fits the philosophy of the Grizzlies. He is a great opponent, a good shooter, passer and defender. Over the last 3 years with Kansas, he’s shot 37.8% of 3, and last season he was 38.6% of 3 on 3.3 attempts per game. He also improved his playing skills, increasing his passing average from 1.9 to 2.8 as a sophomore for his junior season. His size on the flank and his ferocity also make him an asset on defense.
With his benchmarks I mentioned above, this highlights Brown’s scalability as he transitions into an RPG with minimal scoring duties. Any role could suit him. On this Grizzlies team, he will most likely switch back and forth between the first team and Southaven. Like John Konchar last year, he needs to be a reliable player in emergency situations when injuries happen during the regular season.
Christian Brown could be another elderly, underrated draft prospect who shines in his role with the Memphis Grizzlies.
In this trial draft, the Memphis Grizzlies left with an upward swing and an older prospect — and both of these players could be factors in the Grizzlies’ rotation plans next season. Both Terry and Brown add depth around the perimeter, especially at the 2nd and 3rd points. Both of them are also successful players with versatile, selfless skills – something that will do very well in this organization.
2 more days until we see it all materialize. Can’t wait to see how it goes down.
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