The Memphis Grizzlies finished 51-31 last season even though Ja Morant was suspended for 8 games during the middle of the season. Unfortunately for Grizzlies fans, their lack of interior depth was exposed when they were bounced out of the NBA Playoffs in the first round by the Los Angeles Lakers.
Things took a stranger turn during the off-season when Morant was given a 25 game suspension for flashing a gun around again on social media. Morant missing the first 25 games has put a damper on the prospects for this upcoming season even after trading for Marcus Smart.
Memphis ended up with two second-round picks in this year's NBA Draft. Let's take a look at who they selected.
Round 2, Pick 15: Gregory (GG) Jackson II - F - South Carolina. 6'9", 215 lbs (15.4 ppg, 5.9 rpg, 32.4% 3-PT FG%).
Jackson has the capability to score from the post, off of the dribble, and from the perimeter. He was signed by the Grizzlies to a two-way contract, so he will be given time to improve his jumper from mid-range and beyond.
Round 2, Pick 26: Tarik Biberovic - F - Fenerbache. 6'7", 220 lbs (4.2 ppg, 2.5 rpg).
Biberovic will continue to develop overseas for this season.
Overview: Jackson has the potential to be a stretch four in the future for the Grizzlies. Adding a center would have helped. Grade: C-.