2024 NBA Draft Team Preview – Memphis Grizzlies

THE 2024 National Basketball Association (NBA) Draft is rapidly approaching, with each team making their final preparations ahead of adding some young talent to the best competition in the world.

There is some seriously impressive young talent available, with the crop stretching all around the globe as more international players begin to gain recognition. Suddenly, the collegiate system is not the only method to joining the NBA, which has allowed a broader range of players to compete at the top level.

With the NBA wrapping up the 2023/24 season as we speak, the teams already eliminated have spent the past few weeks considering which players they will select to prepare for the future, and the recent Draft Lottery saw the official order determined.

With that in mind, Rookie Me Central will be taking a look at each team and how their draft will potentially pan out on June 26-27. With all 30 sides in their own unique situation, there is plenty to unpack ahead of the next injection of exciting players.

Under the microscope under today are the Memphis Grizzlies, who already have an impressive young roster and will look to add more talent to that group of players.

Memphis Grizzlies

Draft Selections

9, 39, 58 (pick forfeited)

Contracted Players

Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr., Marcus Smart, Luke Kennard (team option), Brandon Clarke, Ziaire Williams (team option), Desmond Bane, Jake LaRavia (team option), Derrick Rose, John Konchar, Yuta Wantanabe (player option), Vince Williams Jr., Santi Aldama (team option)

Although they were one of the strongest sides in the NBA in recent seasons, the Grizzlies have had a bit of a slide due to injuries over the past 12 months, and will be using the draft to retool their list and prepare for the future.

With their first pick and the ninth overall, the Grizzlies could find themselves with a slider if they can snag Ron Holland. The forward was touted as the top pick in the draft as recently as a few months ago, but a poor G-League season saw his stocks drop, and he could find himself at the bottom of the top 10.

An impressive wing who puts pressure on the rim and offers explosiveness and speed with ball in hand, Holland could be one of the best players in the draft class if his shooting improves and he cleans up his turnovers, both of which held him back.

With their second and final pick, the Grizzlies could look to add to their point guard stocks, especially considering Kennard ended up playing the position at stages last season and he works far better off the ball.

One option that could be available at 39 is Ajay Mitchell. Although his three-point ability still raises concerns (taking just 2.9 per game), 35 points in two of his final three college games shows he can still score regardless and might be worth a punt.

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