The Memphis Grizzlies had a lot of pressure on the 17th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft. The uncertainty of next year’s roster, and the recent history of bad draft selections made this draft particularly important. And with that 17th pick of the 2016 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select Wade Baldwin IV from Vanderbilt University.

Wade Baldwin IV

Baldwin averaged right at four rebounds and five assists both years at Vanderbilt. He did up his scoring average in the 15/16 season from 9.3 PPG, to 14.1 PPG.

His career numbers at Vanderbilt are 11.6 PPG, 4.8 APG, and 4.1 RPG.

He is 6’3, 195 lbs and thinks his game could one day compare to Russell Westbrook.

Here is a look at a few scouting report videos on Baldwin. The first video highlights his strengths, the second video highlights his weakness’, while the final video is a pre-draft workout interview…

 

 


The Memphis Grizzlies recent history of draft picks is underwhelming to say the least. Last year’s 25th pick, Jarrell Martin, played 380 minutes in 27 games last season. I honestly don’t remember any of it. The Grizzlies 2014 pick, Jordan Adams, has only played 263 minutes in two seasons. He has had multiple knee surgeries and it was announced last week he needs to have cartilage transplant surgery. I don’t even know what that is exactly, but it doesn’t sound good. I would be very surprised if his NBA career ever starts. In the 2013 NBA Draft, the Grizzlies walked away with Jamaal Franklin, Joffrey Lauvergne, and Janis Timma. Exactly!

The draft could have’s and what if’s for the Grizzlies is too painful to reflect on. But to be fair, a lot of teams get it wrong. The difference is, occasionally, they get it right. For a team like Memphis, in a small market, they must build through the draft. Free agents are not coming to Memphis. This may never change. As bad as a team like the Lakers are, they will forever be a desirable landing spot for top name free agents.

I will say, the Grizzlies have needed scoring for the last three drafts, so at least they had the right idea in mind. It just feels, to me, like we just drafted a replacement for Jordan Adams. I am no more excited about the selection of Wade Baldwin IV, than I was for Jordan Adams.

I’m not sure what pick would have “excited” the Memphis fan base. Maybe Malachi Richardson, Skal Labissiere, Brice Johnson, or Malcolm Brogdon . I guess I would have preferred Richardson in hindsight…maybe Brice Johnson. I’m pretty sure that exciting pick was not Wade Baldwin IV.

This pick also concerns me at the moment. Baldwin is listed as a PG, so does that mean the Grizzlies do not feel comfortable about the chances of Mike Conley returning? Do they think Baldwin can take over for Conley if he does leave? Are they simply thinking we need to replace the pick of Jordan Adams from two years ago? Or do they really believe that Wade Baldwin IV was the best available?

SO, are we due for a guy to surprise us and make the Grizzlies look like draft genius’?

These are a lot of questions to answer. Only time will tell who the Grizzlies sign in free agency, and who they lose in free agency. Only time will tell who the NBA version of Wade Baldwin IV is.

 

Brandon Reid covers the NBA and Memphis Grizzlies for MyFantasySportsTalk.com | Follow him on Twitter @New_Breid

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