The Memphis Grizzlies are on the clock for the third time in the draft, and with the 29th pick, they select Paris Basketball’s Ismael Kamagate.
To be honest, I am not a huge fan of Kamagate being selected in the first round, but I have a seriously difficult time believing that the Grizzlies would choose to roster three rookies this season, and if they’re looking to draft and stash, he could be a good candidate.
In contrast with Jeremy Sochan and Alondes Williams, Memphis selecting Kamagate would be them selecting a very raw, yet tantalizing athlete that has serious upside as a rim protector with flashes of shooting.
To make a lazy but apt comparison, this could be the Grizzlies drafting their version of Rudy Gobert, although I’d argue Kamagate is a bit farther along for his age. This selection would certainly be a gamble and has a good chance of ending up as a wasted pick, but it’s a risk the Grizzlies can afford to take if the plan is to allow him to continue developing overseas.
Kamagate will need to improve his sense of positioning and general basketball IQ on both ends of the floor if he ever plans to be a good rotation piece in the NBA, but he certainly has the length and athleticism to be a very special player if he can put it all together.