Already having come away with Ochai Agbaji at 22nd overall, the Grizzlies will be in a great position with this pick. They could elect to take a swing for the fences here with players like Max Christie, Bryce McGowens, or Peyton Watson, or they could opt to go in a bit of a safer direction while still addressing some team needs. I have the Grizzlies leaning more toward the latter and selecting Wake Forest’s Jake LaRavia.
I think this selection comes down to the decisions the Grizzlies will have to make in free agency. Specifically, their two big free agents this summer are Tyus Jones and Kyle Anderson, and the team will have to decide who they’re going to pay. Both players stand to have a good chance to get themselves a good contract on the market, so I have a feeling the team won’t be able to retain both players. If you’re asking me, the Grizzlies need to do everything in their power to retain Jones, who proved himself to be one of the least turnover-prone guards in the league.
That means the team may want to explore finding a replacement for Kyle Anderson in the draft if they can find one. Jake LaRavia is a player I could easily see being picked a bit earlier than 29th overall, but if he’s still available for the Grizzlies here, it should be a no-brainer.
He’s a great distance shooter, a great cutter, has fantastic defensive fundamentals, and is only 20 years old. Despite not being the most impressive athlete, he has tons of desirable skills and could be one of the best Kyle Anderson replacements they could ask for in this draft.