2023 Mock Draft 2.0: Spurs roll the dice, Hornets win Wembanyama sweepstakes
It’s a bit of a challenge to predict what the Memphis Grizzlies will do in the draft after an underwhelming playoff run, particularly considering that it looks like Dillon Brooks will be wearing a different jersey next season. If the Grizzlies do keep this pick, though, I expect them to prioritize two-way versatility and NBA readiness being that they’ve already taken on several developmental projects in the past few drafts.
While I could easily the Grizzlies making a very Grizzlies pick and throwing the dice on Maxwell Lewis’ upside, I think they’ll value the two-way versatility of Colby Jones a bit more even if it means compromising on offensive upside a bit. At 6’6”, Jones brings the playmaking of a lead guard, some underrated scoring chops, and fundamentally sound off-ball defense. He isn’t the most athletic player left on the board, nor does he possess the most upside on either end of the floor, but his positional ambiguity should make him playable in some capacity regardless of the moves the team makes in free agency.
A good combination of size and skill rarely goes wrong in the modern NBA, and at this point in the draft, Jones has the best blend of both and would give the Grizzlies the most roster flexibility moving forward.