Ja Morant (No. 2), Brandon Clarke (No. 21)
Following the recent trade of franchise point guard Mike Conley, the Memphis Grizzlies were quick to find his replacement, taking Murray State floor general and breakout college star Ja Morant with the second overall pick.
The only college player to ever average over 20 points and 10 assists, Morant combines a terrific feel and passing game with athleticism that rivals the likes of Russell Westbrook at the point guard position. He will combine with last year’s fourth overall pick Jaren Jackson Jr. to form a youthful one-two punch for years to come in Grind City.
The numbers speak for themselves with Clarke, who averaged 16.9 points, 8.6 rebounds and 3.1 blocks per game last season. He shot a tremendous 68.7 percent from the field at Gonzaga with an energy level that is sure to make him a force defensively.
There is still much to be done to get this Memphis franchise back into playoff contention. Clarke is sure to pair nicely as an inside-out combo with JJJ. In Morant, the Grizzlies have locked down arguably the most important position for the next decade or so with a player who is sure to put butts in the seats at the FedEx Forum.