Memphis Grizzlies NBA Mock Draft Roundup
Leading up to the 2023 NBA Draft, we will update our Memphis Grizzlies Mock Draft Roundup showing picks for the Memphis Grizzlies from several prominent sites and draft analysts.
The following are picks in recent mock drafts for the Grizzlies:
The Rookie Wire — Cody Taylor (5/19)
25. Bilal Coulibaly, Metropolitans 92
Coulibaly, who will turn 19 in July, has impressed on offense with his burst and ability to get downhill and finish at the rim. He also showed promise as a shooter and player that can make the right plays. He is said to have a 7-foot, 3-inch wingspan, which will help him defensively. Coulibaly started off the year a bit slow but has come on strong over the past few months and is now viewed as a late first-rounder this year.
CBS Sports — Gary Parrish (5/17)
25. Rayan Rupert, New Zealand Breakers
Rupert remains unreliable offensively and very much a project. But he's a 6-6 wing with a 7-3 wingspan who has all the prerequisites to be a great perimeter defender if his shooting comes around enough to make him playable at the NBA level.
Sporting News — Kyle Irving (5/17)
25. Noah Clowney, Alabama
The Grizzlies are trying to get over the hump in the Western Conference but most of their rotational roles are filled. This is where they could play the waiting game with a young, floor-stretching forward like Clowney, who will still be 18 years old on draft night.
Clowney is a fluid and athletic big man who should garner first-round interest because he's a moldable and versatile prospect. The 18-year-old averaged 9.8 points and 7.9 rebounds for Alabama and even knocked down 34 3-pointers (albeit on a 28.3 percent clip). He's a physical interior presence as a rim protector and rebounder and has the mobility to do damage inside and out on offense.
The Athletic — Sam Vecenie (5/16)
25. Colby Jones, Xavier
The Scout: Jones does a lot of things well. He averaged 15 points, six rebounds and four assists. He shot over 50 percent from the field and 38 percent from 3, including 42 percent on catch-and-shoot 3s. He can operate in ball screens, and he can lead the break as a distributor. On top of that, Jones is also a sharp defensive player who rotates well, can guard one through three on the ball and actually makes impact plays as a shot blocker and transition starter in passing lanes. Jones isn't the best athlete on the planet, and that will play a role in where he's picked. But Jones' game profiles really well toward playing a solid NBA role.
The Fit: The Grizzlies will lose Dillon Brooks this offseason and certainly could use a well-rounded wing who can replace some of the impact that will depart with him. On top of that, Memphis tends to have a type it looks for in the draft. Most of the time in this range, it tends to be a bit of an older player who ticks a lot of boxes in terms of production. The Grizzlies love high-IQ, high-character guys who can dribble, pass and shoot. Think Desmond Bane, Brandon Clarke, Xavier Tillman, David Roddy, Jake LaRavia. Jones ticks those boxes.
Yahoo! Sports — Krysten Peek (5/16)
25. Noah Clowney, Alabama
With Ja Morant's off-the-court issues, the Grizzlies might try to take a point guard with this pick if anyone falls. Otherwise, there is a plethora of older, established guards who can step in with the secondary unit right away. Clowney's freshman season stats don't necessarily stand out right away but as one of the youngest bigs in this draft class, he projects as a player with a lot of NBA potential. Not yet 19 years old, Clowney will need some development but has already shown glimpses of what he can be as a modern-NBA big.
Bleacher Report — Jonathan Wasserman (5/16)
25. Colby Jones, Xavier
The Grizzlies could replace Dillon Brooks with Jones, a 6'6", versatile defender whose scoring efficiency, passing and decision-making would fit in a lineup with established scorers, shot-makers and and creators.
SB Nation — Ricky O'Donnell (5/16)
25. Dereck Lively II, Duke
Lively is a super long rim-protecting center who showed more defensive versatility as the season went on. A 7'2 big man with a reported 7'7 wingspan, Lively was a top recruit who struggled to live up the hype early in his freshman year for Duke. While his offense never really developed — he averaged 5.2 points per game on the season — his defense was excellent. Lively finished third in the country in block rate (12.7 percent), proved he could hit the offensive glass hard, and showed more coverage versatility beyond just playing drop late in the season. If the shooting upside scouts thought he had coming out of high school ever develops, he could be one of the more high-upside picks in this range.
CBS Sports — Kyle Boone (5/16)
25. Jett Howard, Michigan
This is a bit of a plunge from where I last had Howard -- which was late lottery -- but I'm still very much in on him as a top-30 player in this class. Really good shooter with an excellent frame who has touch on floaters, in the mid-range and from beyond the 3-point line.
For the Win — Bryan Kalbrosky (5/16)
25. Brandin Podziemski, Santa Clara
Brandin Podziemski scored just 22 points during the entirety of his freshman season at Illinois. He transferred to Santa Clara and enjoyed a phenomenal breakout campaign, winning West Coast Conference Player of the Year.
Among all underclassmen, per Cerebro Sports, he had the highest overall grade in the catch-all metric C-RAM last season.
Podziemski averaged 19.9 points and 8.8 rebounds per game while shooting 43.8 percent on 3-pointers. That is particularly impressive considering 69.9 percent of Podziemski's 3-point attempts were contested. That was the highest rate among all consensus top-100 prospects, per AI-Powered statistics provided by Stats Perform.
After a 26-year gap between draft picks from Santa Clara, the WCC program could potentially have a first-rounder selected in back-to-back seasons.
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