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2014 Draft: Finding a Rotation Player on the Cheap

The NBA draft is an important time for NBA teams. This is a time where every team hopes to find that one player who will come in and make the team better whether immediately or shows potential of doing it in the future. For a team like the Memphis Grizzlies it's especially significant because it allows them to possibly add a quality player for cheap.

The Grizzlies are over the cap. They have very limited room to make any significant signings. Currently their top priority is extending or re-signing Zach Randolph but this is a team that needs to bolster their bench. With limited cap space they'll need to be wise about who they sign. The Grizzlies have several needs and really need someone to space the floor. Normally the 22nd pick wouldn't be worth all that much but this is a deep draft and just about everyone in the first round projects to be a player who could help. Let's take a look at a few possibilities for the 22nd pick:

  1. Shabazz Napier: Some will argue this is a reach and some will argue there's no way he will be available this late. He's all over everyone's mock drafts but there's a few things we know for sure. Napier is NBA ready, perhaps one of the most NBA ready prospects. Nick Calathes still has to serve 13 games as a suspension for using performance enhancing drugs and at the moment he's the only back up point guard Memphis has. Napier would be an upgrade. Memphis could use someone who can create shots for himself and others. This is a team who needs NBA ready guys to push them further.
  2. Adreian Payne: The Grizzlies could use a big man who can not only bang on the inside but can step out and shoot the ball. Payne is another NBA ready prospect. He has something that Grizzlies desperately need, shooting. It would really help the team space the floor. Currently Memphis is one of the worst 3 point shooting teams and a big man who could shoot is becoming a very valuable asset in the NBA.
  3. Jarnell Stokes: Stokes almost feels like the perfect fit for the Grizzlies. He's coming out of Tennessee. He likes to play physically inside. He's a hard worker. He would be the ideal back up power forward behind Zach Randolph. This pick almost makes too much sense. It would be a slight reach but he would fit right in from day 1.

Memphis has a lot of needs for its bench. Their biggest need may be a quality wing player but this late in the draft all of the valuable ones may be taken. Memphis also doesn't have the time to develop a young guy like James Young while their contender window closes as their core players age. This is an important pick for Memphis as with their tight budget chances are whoever is picked who crack the rotation. The NBA Draft is only a day away and the fans have to be excited while 30 teams stress over which player to pick up.

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