Ja Morant | 24.5 ppg, 5.7 rpg, 10 apg
Ja Morant may have been overshadowed by ‘once in a lifetime talent’ Zion Williamson in this year’s draft, but make no mistake, he has the potential to be a legit franchise cornerstone. There are areas of his game that need work (three point shooting, defense), but he’s an explosive, athletic scorer who knows how and when to get his teammates involved. If you haven’t checked out a highlight reel yet, I suggest you do so immediately.
Josh Jackson | 11.5 ppg, 4.4 rpg, 2.3 apg
It’s easy to forget that Josh Jackson was taken fourth overall in 2017. His two seasons in Phoenix were unremarkable and his game regressed last year. Still, from a Grizzlies point of view, he was well worth taking a flyer on, especially if he can fix his jumper and improve his offensive repertoire. What they will get from the off is solid defense as standard. Quite where his ceiling lies remains to be seen, but Memphis could well have fun finding out.
Grayson Allen | 5.6 ppg, 0.6 rpg, 0.7 apg
There’s no doubt that Allen’s a flawed character, who has a reputation for being troublesome both in college and in the NBA. But as a throw in on the Conley trade, he got a shot at a fresh start with a franchise known for rebranding players (think Zach Randolph). The former Duke product, who was drafted twenty first overall in 2018, didn’t exactly have a great rookie season in Utah. In 38 appearances, he made a limited impact on the stat sheet, but the Grizzlies have a season to see what they can get out of him. If their gamble pays off, they’ve added another former first round pick to their arsenal. If not, they cut him loose and move on.
Jae Crowder | 11.9 ppg, 4.8 rpg, 1.7 apg
On a team that lacks experience, a player like Jae Crowder is essential. He may not be the most vocal guy in the locker room, but he’s a rugged, hardworking defensive-type that has the ability to lead by example on the court. He spent two superb years at the heart of a dynamic, up-and-coming Celtics team on which he averaged almost 14 points per game. His impact wasn’t quite as impressive in Utah, but he seems like a good fit in Memphis and may even be able to bring a little “Grit ’N Grind” to the class of 19-20.
Andre Iguodala | 5.7 ppg, 3.7 rpg, 3.2 apg
Iguodala is a three-time NBA champion and former Finals MVP who does not belong on a rebuilding team. With training camp just around the corner, his many suitors are already eyeing up a potential bench addition who may be able to put their team over the top. At 35 he can still contribute, but surely will be thinking championship or bust at this late stage of his career. The Grizzlies on the other hand will be looking to profit and should be able to further strengthen their roster by trading him to a contender.