Do I expect the Grizzlies to keep two late 1st round picks? Not necessarily, but they have had quite a bit of success in the draft in the past several years, so for now we’re going to operate as if they do keep them. When I think of players the Grizzlies like in the draft, I think of hard-nosed two-way players that buy into their role. If I’m in their front office, I’m drafting the best player available in this spot first and foremost and waiting to address more specific needs later on.
Thankfully for the Grizzlies, in this scenario, Ochai Agabji practically falls into their laps at 22nd overall. Agbaji is an interesting player to gauge, as he’s a guy I could easily see killing draft interviews and workouts and sneaking all the way up into the lottery. As we’ve gotten closer to the draft, I’ve become far less confident that he’ll be selected in the top 10 but still think he could top out going as early as 11th overall to the Knicks.
On the other hand, I can also see teams passing on him for his age and lack of significant self-creation upside, but the Grizzlies likely would not take issue with either of those drawbacks. Teams can never have too many wing shooters, but this one happens to have some significant defensive upside, is a great locker room presence, and excels playing away from the ball. On paper, he should fit like a glove next to Ja Morant and with the Grizzlies’ culture.