Back at the podium for the second time with the 29th pick, the Memphis Grizzlies select Wake Forest’s Alondes Williams.
College basketball is notorious for having poorer floor spacing, but Williams is simply an exceptional finisher with fantastic handles, footwork, and touch that all bode well for him in the league with more spacing. His lack of utilization during his first two seasons in Oklahoma is becoming increasingly egregious and perplexing, but even being that he’ll be one of the oldest players in his class on draft night, I’m still buying stock.
I can see the Grizzlies making this selection late in the first for similar reasons they opted for Jeremy Sochan in the lottery: Williams plays with a certain sense of grit and urgency without compromising his decision-making, and generally makes winning plays down the stretch of games. He would be a great culture fit in Memphis and would bring skills that should translate well to the next level. Additionally, if the Grizzlies were to lose out on Tyus Jones in free agency, Williams may be able to fill the void rather quickly.