6. Memphis Grizzlies take Ja’Kobe Walter
Walter could blossom into the best shooter in this class, and the 6’5 wing competes hard on the defensive end. He is averaging 14.4 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 steals in 28.2 minutes per game through his first 11 college contests. Walter has made 22 of his first 57 3-point attempts but is shooting just 41.6 percent from the field.
He profiles as a 3-and-D wing. Walter is not an elite athlete. He lacks ball-handling and playmaking chops but continues to knock down tough shots for Baylor. Things should get easier with more space in the NBA, and the teenager could become a 40 percent 3-point shooter in his prime with plus defensive value.
Ja’Kobe Walter is a projectable rotation player in the NBA. He will make shots and defend. The 6’5 wing may never become a star, but in a draft filled with uncertainty, the safety of getting quality minutes could vault him into the top ten.
The Memphis Grizzlies do not expect to select this high. They won just six of their first 25 games with Ja Morant suspended, but the franchise hopes to get back into contention with their superstar in the lineup. If not, the Grizzlies should be looking for a 3-and-D wing to help on both ends of the floor next to Morant, Desmond Bane, and Jaren Jackson Jr.