I think the Grizzles should draft Hasheem Thabeet with the #2 pick in the 2009 NBA Draft because they lack a interior defender, a shot blocker, their a team that lacks in height, and Hasheem would'nt have much pressure on him to produce because of the presence of OJ Mayo and Rudy Gay. Thabeet's job would be to primarily protect the paint and rebound. Then in the 2010 NBA Draft, the Grizzles would have a share of power forwards to choose from, to play alongside Thabeet, in Derrick Favors, Ed Davis, Greg Monroe, Craig Brackins, DeMarcus Cousins, Renardo Sidney, and etc. A young core of OJ Mayo, Rudy Gay, Mike Conley Jr., Thabeet, Marc Gasol, Darrell Arthur, and one of the aforementioned power forwards in the 2010 NBA Draft, would set the Grizzles up, to be a up and coming team, much like the Portland Trailblzaers and Oklahoma City Thunder.
I agree. I think that they should trade out of that spot, because I don't think that they will get the proper value that a #2 pick should give and someone might give up a lot to get Rubio. But, if they keep that pick, I have Thabeet going to Memphis in my mock.
dont forget about cole aldrich in the 2010 draft too!!!
He's gonna be a beast!
cole will be the best big man for next years draft
Don I love your insight on this website but man Thabeet as many negatives he does positives to the grizzlies roster. I'll break it down real quick.
1. Marc Gasol is not a power forward. How can you compete playing with two slow Big men. Portlands one of the few teams that I think get's away with it in Oden/Pryzbilla and Aldridge, but the thought of Gasol sliding into the 4 and Thabeet stepping into the 5 makes little sense to any sense in me.
2. You don't draft a guy to play the bench. Which is what I think will ultimately happen with Thabeet if he's drafted by Memphis. Imo Thabeet is a great talent on the defensive end, but Marc Gasol is the better player at this point in both of their careers.
3. You are a run and gun team in Memphis with minimal high post play and spot up shooting. I don't see Thabeet being comfortable playing at the High post offensively.
Now the right pick here, but not the popular one is Jordan Hill. He's a young developing Big man who I think has an overall higher ceiling than Thabeet does., If you can't get a trade done with Sacramento You take Hill at two and just run with it. You drafted conley and traded pau for marc so just build around what your going for. Conley-Mayo-Gay-Hill-Gasol sounds pretty legit in a few years to me.
All in all I rate the three choices they have as Rubio-Hill-Thabeet. If you can move conley you draft Rubio. If you cant you take Hill and just run with it.
Memphis lacks height? They got 7' 7'1 and 7'2. The players may not be all that Milicic, Gasol, Haddadi, but they most def got height. I agree with you though, take Thabeet because IMO he's a lock to be at least a top 7 center and that's valuable. I have my questions on his pick and roll d. This most important thing about the Grizzlies is the owner DOESNT spend money. Gay and Mayo will be gone after their rookie contracts, unless what'shisname steps it up.
Mayo went to USC because he felt it could market him best so, there is no way he stays there no way. He wants a big market team. I don't see Gay staying there either.
I like your thinking as far as the PFs in next years draft. Great point b/c there is exactly ONE big time PF this yr, whereas there may be 4-6 next yr.
Butttttt...w/ Gasol, said PF next yr, AND Darrel Arthur (who probly has the same type upside as those HS PFs)...why take Thabeet?
I think they should maximize on Rubio's hype and make a deal thinking more long term.
Trade down to a team like Minnesota (picks 6,18, and 28) or a bad team dumb enough to give up this year's and a future #1 (The Knicks, i wouldn't doubt it)
Got to respectfully disagree on many of these posts. Being from Tennessee, the consensus on everybody's list here is Rubio. He brings enough flare and hype to finally put Memphis on the map and potentially into the playoffs in 3 years or so. He is exactly what Memphis needs to get Tennesseans excited about Grizzlies basketball. If anybody has watched ANY Memphis games (went to 12 this year) it's clear Marc is a stud (a legitamite 15 ppg 10 reb Center) and Mike Conley is definitely not the answer (although he did FINALLY show signs of life the latter part of last season). Drafting Hasheem Thabeet will put us in a dilemma with two slow centers that will not mesh well with the run n' gun offense that Hollins has installed. Like you said, next year's big man draft class is unlike we have seen in a long time which is all the more reason to wait (if the Grizz can't sign Varejao, Birdman, Millsap, or even Boozer in free agency this year). The Grizz have size, they have 7 footers. Thabeet is soft, he got pushed around all NCAA tourney by bigger, bulkier big's which are a dime a dozen in the NBA. Jordan Hill is drastically over-rated, was highly unimpressed with his game all year at Arizona, and watched many. Don't see the logic in trading down because this draft is so thin in talent. Just a few of my opinions. Peace
your right, memphis needs a shot blocker to help thier d, but........., they have gaoul who is stronger and a much more all-around player who is a center not a pf, while there is a good core of pf in next years draft, i'm not a huge beliver in the idea of waiting for another year to get a dynamic scorer in the post, which leads me to my next point, the grizz need to draft Hill, they have conley who will be good so there is no need for rubio when you need a pf. Hill is very explosive, and if his jumper developes, he could be like amare, but honstly the grizz biggest problem, is that their owner won't spend any money to build a good team, gay, mayo will prolyy be gone soon, conley, gasoul, and just about anyone else could leave also, but I like your point though.
Chris Anderson in Memphis would be something fun to watch in a starting role. I don't think it will happen, but numbers wise I think you can say per 48 minutes he is the best shot blocker in the league. He was second behind Dwight Howard while only playing under 20 minutes per game. he's a cheap answer to complement Hill/Arthur. I think they do end up going Rubio and playing the waiting game if they can't move Conley. I'm a big fan of Rubio, but Hill just makes that much more sense to this team. You can't draft a guy like Thabeet knowing Marc Gasol is a pure center. The two would never be able to mesh on the court.
I completely agree with FaintingGoat. Rubio would fit perfectly into Memphis' uptempo style and would be a tremendous upgrade over Conley who I'm not sure is good enough to be a starting pg. I see Rubio having the kind of impact Rose had this year. The only problem would be to convince Rubio not to head back overseas if memphis drafts him since he said he doesn't want to play for memphis or oklahoma city. I agree that you can't throw away another season just to get a lottery pick and there is one player I can't believe FaintingGoat didn't have on his list, David Lee. It would take a 10 - 11 million per year deal to pry him away from the Knicks but the grizzlies have the cap space and just need to convince the management to spend the money. A starting lineup of Rubio, Mayo, Gay, Lee, Gasol; that would be scary.
WOW! Can't believe I forgot about Lee. He would be a prefect fit. I agree with kkessler33 on the fact that Heisley is a cheap skate. He won't fork up the money for anyone other than Darko or Brian Cardinal. On the contrary, at the end of the season Grizz front office said signing Gay to an extended contract was first on the priority list and Gay said he wants to return as a Grizz so Gay is more than likely sealed in for the future. We need offense just as much as we need defense considering we ranked next to last in total offense last season. We need a distributor to get Mayo and Gay more involved and Conley's 4 assists a game doesn't cut it. I am more confident Hill will be a bust than any other player listed as potential top 10 picks but that's just my opinion. If you are in Memphis' position you have to take the best talent on the board not just a player that fits a needed position although I could argue the Grizz need a PG just as bad as a PF considering we acquired Arthur in the draft last year and are more than likely going to sign Hak back. If Memphis makes the wise decision and takes Rubio I am certain that we will not only be a better team for the future but ticket sales and general income will rise dramatically. I say this because if we do I will be front row the first home game sporting a Rubio jersey and a Beatles' wig ha.
mr. goat you know oh so much about a dwindling franchise that will more than likely be moved unless ticket sales pick up this year and for this you deserve a standing ovation( im standing and applauding). i mean they better with memphis tigers no longer being a hometown hero. you have fun with your rubio jersey and beatles wig in that fron row im sure tickets wont b much more than 10 bucks.ill be up in the nose bleed section where they pay you to sit and ill sharpie rubio in on the back of my shirt. go grizz. oh but yeah i sure do hope that they get rubio he looks like a mix of tony parker,steve nash, and chris paul. how could you pass on that? oh wait its the grizz!
the smart thing for the grizzlies to do would be drafting rubio and be ready for some trades. or even just keep him to play with conely and mayo. THEY DON'T NEED ANOTHER CENTER...GET IT THROUGH EVERYBODY'S HEAD.
Dear Anybody Who Thinks Thabeet Should Go To Memphis,
Marc Gasol is a Center not a Power Forward.