Memphis Grizzlies NBA Draft trades 2022 and other scenarios

The Memphis Grizzlies finished the season as one of the NBA’s surprise stories, but now they have to capitalize on that success.

The Grizzlies have two first-round picks (22nd and 29th overall) and one second-round pick (47th) in Thursday night’s NBA Draft (7 p.m., ESPN). Memphis is in a unique position where it can build on its success by trading up, down or staying put.

General manager Zach Kleiman has a high success rate on recent first-round picks. Here’s a look at potential draft scenarios for the Grizzlies:

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Staying put

The Grizzlies drafted Desmond Bane 30th two seasons ago and Brandon Clarke 21st overall in 2019. Both players have outplayed their draft position.

Kleiman and the front office have demonstrated an ability to find older college players who have clear strengths. The Grizzlies needed players who could come in and play right away, but the situation is different after a franchise-record 56-win season. Yes Morant, Bane and Jaren Jackson Jr. are all but penciled in as starters, while other starters from last season, Dillon Brooks and Steven Adams, are also under contract. Memphis can afford to stay put and take more risks on younger prospects with higher ceilings while depending on their developmental system.

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