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The Memphis Grizzlies picked Wang Zhelin in the second round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 2:55 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies selected center Wang Zhelin out of China with the #57 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  Zhelin is 22 years old and he is 7’0″, 243 pounds.  Zhelin played in 8 games (6 starts) in China last year and he averaged 23.7 minutes, 11.3 points, 6.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  He has now played in 111 games (104 starts) in his four years in China and he is averaging 37.0 minutes, 20.8 points, 11.6 rebounds, 1.4 assists, 0.9 steals and 0.9 blocked shots per game.  If you are going to pick a draft and stash prospect, why not one that is over 7 feet tall?  I like this pick for the Grizzlies, as they are taking a flier on a guy with a huge upside!

The Memphis Grizzlies picked Wade Baldwin in the 1st round of the 2016 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 2:51 pm

The Memphis Grizzlies selected point guard Wade Baldwin out of Vanderbilt with the #17 overall pick (1st round) of the 2016 NBA Draft.  Baldwin is 6’3″, 195 pounds.  Baldwin played in 33 games at Vanderbilt last year and he averaged 30.4 minutes, 14.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, 5.2 assists and 1.2 steals per game.  He played in 68 games in his two years at Vandy and he averaged 29.6 minutes, 11.6 points, 4.1 rebounds, 4.8 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Baldwin shot 43.1% from the floor, 42.2% from three point range and 80% from the free throw line in college.  This pick was made with Mike Conley in mind.  If the Grizzlies can re-sign Conley, then Baldwin is his backup.  If they can’t re-sign Conley, then Baldwin replaces him in the starting lineup.  I like this pick for the Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies acquired two second round picks from the Boston Celtics on draft night

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report,Trades by joelapinski on Sunday 26 June 2016 at 2:36 am

The Memphis Grizzlies acquired the #31 (2nd round) and the #35 (2nd round) picks from the Boston Celtics on draft night for the 2019 first round pick that initially belonged to the Los Angeles Clippers.

The Grizzlies used the #31 pick on power forward Deyonta Davis of Michigan State.  Davis is a big guy at 6’10”, 245 pounds.  Davis played in 35 games at Michigan State last year as a freshman and he averaged 18.6 minutes, 7.5 points, 5.5 rebounds, 0.7 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game.  Davis shot 59.8% from the floor, but only 60.5% from the free throw line last year.  Davis was thought of to be a cinch to be a first round pick in this draft, so I love this pick for the Grizzlies.

The Grizzlies used the #35 pick on draft and stash 20-year old small forward Rade Zagorac from Serbia.  Zagorac is 6’7″, 181 pounds.  He played in 26 games (18 starts) overseas last year and he averaged 28.4 minutes, 13.9 points, 6.0 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 2.0 steals per game.  Zagorac has now played in 104 games (83 starts) in his first five years overseas and he is averaging 27.4 minutes, 11.8 points, 4.3 rebounds, 2.1 assists and 1.3 steals per game.  Don’t expect to see Zagorac playing for the Grizzlies any time soon.

The Memphis Grizzlies picked Janis Timma in the 2nd round of the 2013 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 1:28 am

The Grizzlies took 20-year old small forward Janis Timma with the #60 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2013 NBA Draft.  Timma is 6’7″, 226 pounds.  Timma played in 19 games in the Baltic Basketball League last year and he averaged 23.9 minutes, 10.6 points, 5.7 rebounds and 1.8 assists per game.  Timma was a stash pick and little more as he might never come state side to play in the NBA.

The Memphis Grizzlies picked Jamaal Franklin in the 2nd round of the 2013 NBA Draft

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Saturday 29 June 2013 at 1:21 am

The Memphis Grizzlies picked 21-year old shooting guard Jamaal Franklin out of San Diego State with the #41 overall pick (2nd round) of the 2013 NBA Draft.  Franklin is 6’5″, 205 pounds.  Franklin played in 32 games at San Diego State last year and he averaged 33.1 minutes, 16.9 points, 9.5 rebounds, 3.3 assists and 1.6 steals per game.  He played in 85 games in his three years in college and he averaged 25.9 minutes, 13.7 points, 7.0 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Franklin shot 42.6% from the floor, 30.2% from three point range and 78% from the free throw line in college.  This was an excellent pick as many draft “experts” had Franklin getting picked at the bottom end of the first round.

The Memphis Grizzlies should have kept Kevin Love

Blogged under Blast from the Past,Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 27 June 2013 at 8:16 pm

I don’t know how many people remember this, but the Grizzlies picked power forward Kevin Love with the #5 overall pick of the 2008 NBA Draft.  He was dealt on draft night to the Minnesota Timberwolves along with Brian Cardinal, Jason Collins and Mike Miller.  For that quartet, the Grizzlies got O.J. Mayo, Antoine Walker, Greg Buckner and Marko Jaric from the T-Wolves.  Only Mayo really panned out for the Grizzlies out of the guys they got for Love.  Mayo played in 301 games (181 starts) in his four years with the Grizzlies and he averaged 32.8 minutes, 15.2 points, 3.3 rebounds, 2.7 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Mayo is still #4 in three pointers made (477), #8 in steals (333) and #9 in points scored (4,584) in Grizzlies’ history.  Marko Jaric played in 53 games (0 starts) in his one year with the Grizzlies and he averaged 11.4 minutes, 2.6 points, 1.2 rebounds and 1.4 assists per game.  Greg Buckner also only lasted one year with the Grizzlies, appearing in 63 games (0 starts) in which he averaged 13.9 minutes, 2.5 points, 2.1 rebounds and 0.9 assists per game.  Antoine Walker never played for the Grizzlies.

The Memphis Grizzlies have three picks in next month’s NBA Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by joelapinski on Thursday 20 June 2013 at 10:30 pm

The Grizzlies have three picks in next week’s NBA Draft.  Too bad they are all second round picks.  Rumors are flying that the Grizzlies are trying to buy a first round pick, so stay tuned.  In my mock draft found on bloglockers.com, I have the Grizzlies picking PG Myck Kabongo (#41 overall) out of Texas with their first pick.  Then I have them picking SG Alex Abrines (#55 overall) out of Spain and SF Livio Jean-Charles (#60 overall) out of French Guinana to stash for down the road.

The Memphis Grizzlies picked point guard Tony Wroten Jr. in the first round

Blogged under Big Grizzlies News,Bloglockers,Comings & Goings,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 29 June 2012 at 4:24 am

The Memphis Grizzlies selected 19-year old point guard Tony Wroten Jr. out of Washington in the first round of the 2012 NBA Draft.  Wroten is 6’5″, 205 pounds.  He played in 35 games at Washington last year and he averaged 30.3 minutes, 16.0 points, 5.0 rebounds, 3.7 assists and 1.9 steals per game.  Not bad for his only year in college.  But, he only shot 44.3% from the floor, 16.1% (9 of 56) from three point range and 58.3% from the free throw line last year.  He will learn by backing up Mike Conley in Memphis.

The Memphis Grizzlies will likely take the best player available in the NBA Draft

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by admin on Friday 15 June 2012 at 4:00 pm

The Grizzlies have a pretty solid team right now, so I look for them to take the best player available when they pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  They own the #25 overall pick in the 2012 NBA Draft.  On my mock draft, found on bloglockers.com, I have the Grizzlies drafting shooting guard Dion Waiters out of Syracuse.  He would give the Grizzlies even more firepower off the bench.

(4) Memphis Grizzlies (41-25) vs. (5) Los Angeles Clippers (40-26)

Blogged under Bloglockers,Front Page,General,The Draft Report by admin on Saturday 28 April 2012 at 4:11 pm

This is going to be the best first round series in the 2012 NBA Playoffs.  I can see either team winning this series and here is a look at the matchups:

POINT GUARD:  26-year old Chris Paul is one of the best point guards in the NBA and he will keep all of his team involved offensively in this series.  Paul played in 60 games (all starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 36.3 minutes, 19.8 points, 3.6 rebounds, 9.1 assists and 2.5 steals per game.  He has played in 23 games in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 40.7 minutes, 21.9 points, 5.3 rebounds, 11.1 assists and 2.0 steals per game.

24-year old Mike Conley is going to have his hands full with defending Paul and running the Grizzlies’ offense in this series.  Conley played in 62 games (61 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 35.1 minutes, 12.7 points, 2.5 rebounds, 6.5 assists and 2.2 steals per game.  Conley has played in 13 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 39.0 minutes, 15.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, 6.4 assists and 1.1 steals per game.

EDGE:  CLIPPERS

SHOOTING GUARD:  28-year old Randy Foye stepped up and replaced Chauncey Billups in the starting lineup for the Clippers.  He played in 65 games (48 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 25.9 minutes, 11.0 points, 2.1 rebounds and 2.2 assists per game.  The Clippers hope that Foye can handle the pressure as this will be his first playoff experience.

30-year old Tony Allen is on the court to play D.  He played in 58 games (57 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 26.3 minutes, 9.8 points, 4.0 rebounds, 1.4 assists and 1.8 blocked shots per game.  Allen has played in 69 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 13.9 minutes, 4.1 points, 1.5 rebounds and 0.7 assists per game.

EDGE:  EVEN

SMALL FORWARD:  32-year old Caron Butler is a solid veteran who tends to step up in the playoffs.  He played in 63 games (all starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 29.7 minutes, 12.0 points, 3.7 rebounds and 1.2 assists per game.  Butler has played in 31 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 39.4 minutes, 16.4 points, 7.8 rebounds, 2.5 assists and 1.9 steals per game.

25-year old Rudy Gay was injured last year when the Grizzlies were in the playoffs.  So this will be his first shot on the big stage.  Gay played in 65 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 37.3 minutes, 19.0 points, 6.4 rebounds, 2.3 assists and 1.5 steals per game.  I think he’s going to play well in this series.

EDGE:  GRIZZLIES

POWER FORWARD:  23-year old Blake Griffin is the new “Human Highlight Film” due to his power dunking prowess.  He played in 66 games (all starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 36.2 minutes, 20.7 points, 10.9 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game.  I think he’s going to relish the big stage as this will be his first playoff experience in his NBA career.

30-year old Zach Randolph has been gimpy for most of this year and the Grizzlies need him to step up in this series.  Randolph played in 28 games (8 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 26.3 minutes, 11.6 points, 8.0 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.  He has played in 21 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 34.3 minutes, 18.4 points, 9.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists per game.

EDGE:  CLIPPERS

CENTER:  23-year old DeAndre Jordan is going to have to be a force in the paint for the Clippers in this series.  He played in 66 games (all starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 27.2 minutes, 7.4 points, 8.3 rebounds, 0.3 assists and 2.0 blocked shots per game.  Like Griffin, this is going to be Jordan’s first shot in the playoffs in his career.

27-year old Marc Gasol is one of the better all-around centers in the NBA right now.  He played in 65 games (all starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 36.5 minutes, 14.6 points, 8.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.9 blocked shots per game.  Gasol has played in 13 games for the Grizzlies in the playoffs and he is averaging 39.9 minutes, 15.0 points, 11.2 rebounds, 2.2 assists, 1.1 steals and 2.1 blocked shots per game.

EDGE:  GRIZZLIES

BENCH:  29-year old PG/SG Mo Williams is going to be the first guy off the bench for the Clippers in this series.  He played in 52 games (1 start) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 28.3 minutes, 13.2 points, 1.9 rebounds, 3.1 assists and 1.0 steal per game.  Williams has played in 30 games in the playoffs so far in his NBA career and he is averaging 34.2 minutes, 14.1 points, 2.7 rebounds and 4.2 assists per game.  34-year old forward Kenyon Martin could also play a key role in this series for the Clippers.  Martin played in 42 games (0 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 22.4 minutes, 5.2 points, 4.3 rebounds, 0.4 assists, 1.0 steal and 1.o blocked shot per game.  He has played in 89 games in the playoffs in his NBA career so far and he is averaging 35.3 minutes, 14.9 points, 7.5 rebounds, 2.1 assists, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocked shots per game.  26-year old shooting guard Nick Young will be expected to bring some offense off the bench for the Clippers in this series.  He played in 22 games (3 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 23.5 minutes, 9.7 points, 1.1 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.  Young has played in 4 games so far in the playoffs and he is averaging only 4.3 minutes, 1.3 points, 0.5 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  31-year old power forward Reggie Evans will get on the court to throw his body around in this series.  He played in 56 games (0 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 13.8 minutes, 1.9 points, 4.8 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  Evans has played in 27 games in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 17.1 minutes, 4.0 points, 6.0 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  31-year old small forward Bobby Simmons might get some P.T. in this series.  He played in 28 games (0 starts) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 14.9 minutes, 2.9 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Simmons has played in 5 games so far in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 31.8 minutes, 6.6 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists and 1.8 steals per game.  22-year old Eric Bledsoe will likely be watching a lot in his first playoff series.  He played in 40 games (1 start) for the Clippers this year and he averaged 11.6 minutes, 3.3 points, 1.6 rebounds and 1.7 assists per game.

The Grizzlies are hoping that their young bench will be able to give them some production in this series.  24-year old shooting guard O.J. Mayo will be counted on to bring an offensive spark off the bench.  Mayo played in 66 games (0 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 26.8 minutes, 12.6 points, 3.2 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 1.1 steals per game.  Mayo has played in 13 games in his career in the playoffs and he is averaging 27.8 minutes, 11.3 points, 3.2 rebounds and 2.4 assists per game.  24-year old power forward Marreese Speights will be coming off the bench in this series for the Grizzlies.  Speights played in 60 games (54 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 22.4 minutes, 8.8 points, 6.2 rebounds and 0.8 assists per game.  Speights has played in 5 games in his career in the playoffs and he is averaging 10.0 minutes, 2.6 points, 2.4 rebounds and 0.2 assists per game.  25-year old forward Dante Cunningham is also going to be counted on to help off the bench in this series.  He played in 64 games (5 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 17.6 minutes, 5.2 points, 3.8 rebounds and 0.6 assists per game.  Cunningham has played in 5 games in the playoffs so far in his career and he is averaging 8.4 minutes, 4.6 points, 2.6 rebounds and 1.0 steal per game.  24-year old SG/SF Quincy Pondexter is going to also have to help out in this series for the Grizzlies.  Pondexter played in 64 games (8 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 15.7 minutes, 4.2 points, 2.0 rebounds and 0.4 assists per game.  Pondexter has played in 3 games in the playoffs in his NBA career and he is averaging 3.0 minutes, 0.7 points, 0.3 rebounds and 0.3 assists per game.  26-year old Jeremy Pargo will have to give Mike Conley a break once in a while in this series.  He played in 44 games (5 starts) for the Grizzlies this year and he averaged 9.6 minutes, 2.9 points, 0.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game.  This will be Pargo’s first playoff experience.

EDGE:  CLIPPERS

COACHING:  Vinny Del Negro led the Clippers to a 40-26 (60.6%) record this year.  He is only 4-8 (33.3%) in the playoffs.

Lionel Hollins led the Grizzlies to a 41-25 (62.1%) record this year.  He is 7-6 (53.8%) in the playoffs as an NBA head coach.

EDGE:  EVEN

PREDICTION:  CLIPPERS IN SEVEN GAMES

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