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love the jtrip selection. he was not who I thought we would have drafted, but I think it is a great selection. it shows commitment to the future. glad to see the fo did not spoil tomorrow by focusing too much on today. while I really like carter, I do question the selection here. defensively and intensity wise, I love the pick. I question it in the sense that I believe the team could have picked up a scorer here. our team needs to put some points on the board. maybe the fo will figure that out with the mle.

overall, im very excited about the results. welcome jtrip and carter.

 

slim.

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Jtrip (sure, I'll play along) is just about the best we could have done drafting at 4.  So we made the right pick.  Now to keep our fingers crossed for a few years that it pans out.  

As for Carter, it's the same song, different verse.  He could be a stalwart defensive player (he certainly was at the collegiate level), but we've drafted those guys before, only to see them bounce around (or straight out of) the league.  We went for who will - if he has any career at all - become a defensive specialist, where if we had simply drafted the very next guy, Jalen Brunson, he is someone I could see becoming a starting PG in this league.  We could have drafted Conley's Groommate.  He may even be this draft's Dillon Brooks.  Great solid teammate, good bball smarts, just wants to win, doesn't wow you in any one way, but is solid across the board.  I think it was so big a missed opportunity that I'm deducting for it.  I hope Carter makes me eat my words.

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7 minutes ago, VikingWarrior said:

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I’m really warming up to JTrey....

Not sure about Carter, think he will be an amazing fit but I did prefer Brunson 

Surprised Shake Milton lasted that long in the 2nd round.  Mavs got a steal.

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A: I was afraid that FO would be so short sighted that they would go for short term fixes like trading down or getting rid of Parsons. So it was a big relief when they chose to draft JJJ at #4 which I think was the best choice there. I like his long term potential and what he will bring to the team next season. He has star potential, a great pick! There might be a couple other players at #32 we could have picked but I don’t think Carter was drafted too high. He is gonna be great on D. I think he will be a solid pro. 

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JTrip has a nice ring to it. He’s a defensive beast who will need to learn to play the big man’s game in the NBA. The good news is the Grizzlies finally have a big man coach in Vitaly Potapenko. The Grizzlies haven’t had a big man coach since Bob Thornton.

Carter is interesting. It’ll be fun seeing him match up against Trae Younbbon July 2nd in the summer league. The advantage for Carter over previous draft picks is the Hustle. He’ll get regular playing time with the G Leaguebwhile he develops his game for the next level. 

I’ll give Wallace and the FO a B+. They didn’t make any moves to shake up the team and after the experiment with playing uptempo with a slow roster, they appear to have embraced Grit and Grind once again. That should benefit the team overall. 

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I think they went for the BPA which is all I wanted in the end. This could have been much, much worse.

I don't know enough of Carter to take him into account for this evaluation.

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1st rd: It's the same Grizz draft that we're used to---draft project player with high ceiling and all the tools. Hope like hell that he can be developed. I mean, one of these guys has to pan out eventually, right? It's frustrating that there were players that could start NOW available who also have star potential.

2nd rd: Another Grizz special---overthink the draft to the point where you go against your own scouting methods. Jevon Carter is a very good defensive player, but he's not what we need with Conley's injury history. The front office stresses the value of PER---so, how do you choose Carter over the better-all-around Jalen Brunson, whose PER is also significantly better (not to mention his much more impressive college resume'?)

As I've said before, these kids aren't bad players. But, they're terrible fits for our franchise and team needs. If a good franchise with a similar team-build made these same picks I'd give them an F, but as a Grizz fan, these drafts that are shockingly ignorant towards fit and need are par for the course and need to be graded on a curve. So, I give them a C-.

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2 hours ago, memphis slim said:

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love the jtrip selection. he was not who I thought we would have drafted, but I think it is a great selection. it shows commitment to the future. glad to see the fo did not spoil tomorrow by focusing too much on today. while I really like carter, I do question the selection here. defensively and intensity wise, I love the pick. I question it in the sense that I believe the team could have picked up a scorer here. our team needs to put some points on the board. maybe the fo will figure that out with the mle.

overall, im very excited about the results. welcome jtrip and carter.

 

slim.

while everyone is clamoring about scorers; is it possible we already have them? (conley, brooks and brooks, gasol, selden, and maybe reke).  who knows, maybe we get something from mclemore next year.  he does have a year in the system.  maybe we get something out of parsons.  who knows...

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I would have liked to have have bought a 2nd rounder and taken Kostas Freaktempo.  He went 60 to the Sixers but they traded him to Dallas (I think).

The Sixers TRADED two of the top 5 guys on my Big Board (along with Mikal Bridges).

NY got two highly talented players and they could BOTH be flat-out STUDS -- Kevin Knox aka Special K and Mitch "FREAKKNICK" Rob.  At worst, Wall Street gets a great law firm of Mitchell Robinson & Knox.

I think the most "talented" players in this draft were Robinson and Sexton.  The kid with freak "upside" potential was Lil' Greek Freak.  

Although the "BEST" player or GREATEST player out of this draft could turn out to be Jaren Jackson, Jr.  Some guys may put up better stats, but I think JJJ helps a team win more.

Undrafted guys I like: Wenyen Gabriel, Rob Gray, and Malik Newman (all first rounders on my Big Board).  Theo Pinson looks interesting (2nd round on my Big Board).  Johnathan Williams might be a nice stretch shooter (although with a low ceiling) for us.  I wonder if we bring him in with the summer league team.  Although we already have Jevon Carter, I wonder if we take a look at Chris Chiozza (we already worked him out).  Still some nice role player types out there.  Or, Tacko Fall as a potential Mo Bamba stopper.  Brandon McCoy wasn't drafted.  He's solid.  Ideal 2nd/3rd string center type.  

Hmm, wonder if we should have bought a late 2nd rounder for a Euro Stash guy.  The Euros weren't picked super high and we probably won't have our 1st rounder next season.  A Euro Stash guy this year could be our top rookie for next season.  Oh well.

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you may be right gq. from what I understand, selden was really not healthy the whole year. at the risk of sounding like a broken record, parsons could certainly add a scoring punch if the bball gods allow his body to be healthier. conley for sure, brooks boys, gasol.

the prevalent thought re jtrip so far has been that he will not really bring much scoring, especially in the first year. I disagree. I could see 12 ppg out of him for sure, maybe more.

 

slim.

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Biggest thing I learned from this draft is how important the "smokescreen" is around your pick. 

It's important that other teams think you are interested in their guy, even if you aren't. Even with Bamba rebuffing us, we should've told Woj we would pick him regardless. We should've held a workout and acted interested in Trey Young. If you are even considering a trade, teams need to be scared you will take their guy or it's all pointless.

We may have gotten BPA available here but if we had "interest" in Young we could've been the one trading up to get Doncic. Someone who loved Bamba may have been ringing us if we at least acted interested (even if it was just Orlando). 

Gotta give yourself a chance to play the game. Chris Wallace is so stuck in the past and also way too risk averse. Refuses to make tough decisions, in favor of those that are viewed favorably. 

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6 minutes ago, gentlemanquartely said:

while everyone is clamoring about scorers; is it possible we already have them? (conley, brooks and brooks, gasol, selden, and maybe reke).  who knows, maybe we get something from mclemore next year.  he does have a year in the system.  maybe we get something out of parsons.  who knows...

We will get something form those two. It's called heartburn. That's the thinking that got the franchise in trouble. Gambling too much on what  a veteran player might bring instead of acknowledging what he will probably do.

I have a lot of hope for our picks. I am very happy that the F.O. didn't flush them to get rid of Parsons. Hopefully this doesn't change after July 1st. Not getting any 2nd rounders for Tyreke looks even worse now, but I'm trying not to think about it (not working).

A for the picks, B- for the F.O. screwing up again when considering they had at least another pick in their hands and gave it away.

 

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3 hours ago, memphis slim said:

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love the jtrip selection. he was not who I thought we would have drafted, but I think it is a great selection. it shows commitment to the future. glad to see the fo did not spoil tomorrow by focusing too much on today. while I really like carter, I do question the selection here. defensively and intensity wise, I love the pick. I question it in the sense that I believe the team could have picked up a scorer here. our team needs to put some points on the board. maybe the fo will figure that out with the mle.

overall, im very excited about the results. welcome jtrip and carter.

 

slim.

Well said and i give the same grade. 

I like jevon as a pick.   We need more toughness on this roster and he provides that plus a dogged defender and can shoot.   I like hearing commentators say "That's a def Memphis type pick".  That means we do have a culture.  

Bottomline neither one of these guys are the "sexy" picks but i can easily see how they contribute to winning.   That gives me hopes and a reason to be optimistic.  Good job FO.  

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We drafted the basketball equivalent of Jake Locker in the top 5 and took someone we didn't need with 32. 

I give them a D.

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6 minutes ago, ItIsWhatItIs said:

We drafted the basketball equivalent of Jake Locker in the top 5 and took someone we didn't need with 32. 

I give them a D.

this gives me more hope than anything.

 

slim.

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We desperately need SCORERS and we draft two guys primarily known for their defense.... Why did we need a big man that will take a few years to develop, don't we already have a couple of those? All around,, #SMH

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Status quo in Memphis. Draft a project with no set plan on how to develop him.

Ignore glaring needs (scoring) to improve an area where we are already sufficiently bolstered (defense).

Good stuff CW, way to earn that $1M paycheck buddy!

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I'm not disappointed with the picks given what happened beforehand.  The FO didn't do anything above-and-beyond and they didn't blow it, they just played it down-the-midde and went with the hand they were dealt.  Hence they get a "C".

JJJ can be as good as he wants to be ... it comes down to how determined he is to be great & if he's willing to work hard for it.

Jevon appears to have that tenacity ... I wouldn't be surprised if he turns out to be a great 2nd-round pick.

It was a "grit and grind" revival draft for us.  Let's bring it on defense!

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1 hour ago, dagrizzster said:

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We desperately need SCORERS and we draft two guys primarily known for their defense.... Why did we need a big man that will take a few years to develop, don't we already have a couple of those? All around,, #SMH

Rob Gray is still available I think.  He's the guy that the Fake Sports News Industrial Complex thinks Trae Young is.  

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But I like good defensive players

With his 3 and D JJJ should be able to start sooner than later. Plus he has as much upside as any other player in draft. 

Jevon is hard nosed, scrapper. Hopefully he can shoot.

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All the pundits are saying we did well. I am ok with the draft. it was not what or who I wanted, and I sort of wish we had Effed up the Dallas Atlanta deal, just to do it. but it didn't overall fit with our plan. we still need to get some scoring with the MLE or Parsons will have to be 75% of his former self. 

I hope the front office pulls parsons aside, and says we are going to trade you, for you to land in a decent spot you need to show us the player you were for this year so we can trade you the following year. 

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B+ we didn’t have trade bait to move up, the lotto screwed us again. I wasn’t excited about many past the first 3. Jackson will be fine.

I like the second round kid.

 

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1 hour ago, dagrizzster said:

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We desperately need SCORERS and we draft two guys primarily known for their defense.... Why did we need a big man that will take a few years to develop, don't we already have a couple of those? All around,, #SMH

We didn't lose last year because we didn't score enough. We lost because we couldn't stop nobody. We couldn't control the tempo.

If you want to be a good team you solve defense first.

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