Draft Notes From Grizz Workout: 6/4/18 | Wallace's Thoughts On Newman, Bagley, Porter Jr., Jackson Jr. and Doncic
The Memphis Grizzlies conducted a workout today at the FedEx Forum highlighted by Malik Newman from Kansas who suffered a hand injury during the workout and was limited to participate in only three quarters of the evaluation. Theo Pinson (North Carolina) and Kostas Antetokounmpo (Dayton) who were previously scheduled to be in attendance, both pulled out prior to the workout due to injury. The workout also included Jordan Barnett (Missouri), Demetrius Dyson (Samford), Obi Enechionya (Temple), and Devon Hall (Virginia). The workout was primarily for players that could possibly be available at pick number 32 as well as potential additions to the Memphis Hustle G-League team.
Grizzlies GM Chris Wallace spoke highly of Newman in his limited action.
"He showed us he could score the ball. He was very strong going to the basket." said Wallace. He's got three-point range and should be able to extend his collegiate range out to the NBA three-point range without a great deal of drop off."
He also commented on Jordan Barnett from Missouri and his workout.
"He really shot the ball well in the drills." said Wallace. "He was not just making open shots but shots under duress. He was in great shape in all of the conditioning drills. He was impressive."
Wallace also shared his thoughts on players that could possibly be available for the Grizzlies at pick number four and said that he expects to have some of those guys in but due to the fluidity of the draft that it's best not to announce who may be coming until closer to the workout. Also noted that it's possible to draft players at 4 or 32 that the team hasn't formally worked out.
On Michael Porter Jr. and his draft process
"He's taking a physical here soon I think that (his group ) will disseminate the results of that soon" said Wallace. "We are expecting to get the results of that and go from there"
On his health being a potential red flag - "He obviously missed almost his entire freshman season so of course you have to take that into consideration but from what we understand he's back and fully engaged in basketball activities now and he'll be at his agencies pro day on Friday in Chicago.
Wallace didn't want to comment on his opinion on how his agency is handling his records but noted that he will be evaluated and that he will be in attendance to see his at his pro day.
On Marvin Bagley and if he can fit the description of a player that fit, help immediately and have high upside.
"He can play on any team. I think he's going to be a terrific player in the NBA" said Wallace. "You look at his production in what have been his senior year in high school and he led the ACC in scoring and rebounding. He was fantastic. Terrific second jump. He's going to play right away. I can't see him taking a couple of years to get ready.
On Jeran Jackson Jr.
"Some people believe he's the best defender in the draft. His shot blocking numbers were really high at Michigan St. He's got great length." said Wallace. "He's probably one of the youngest guys in the draft. You like the athletic lineage from him. His dad was an NBA player. His mom is a lawyer. He has a great family situation. He's very intelligent. Very focused and wants to be good. You couldn't help but be impressed when we interviewed him in Chicago."
On his upside and potential - "His upside is right up there at the top of the draft. There's no question about it."
On his limited playing time and production - "His production was pretty good as a shot blocker. You look at his scoring per minute basis as well as his three-point number for someone that you didn't think would shoot much from the three-point line. He played on a stacked team, so they didn't have to totally rely on him. But I think that Jaren was impressive this year. In every game that you watched, even if the numbers weren't big he did a couple things that made you stop the tape and take a second look.
On Luka Doncic possibly falling and being available for the Grizzlies to select at 4
"He's obviously someone that's in the mix for all of the teams. Not just us but teams in front of us and behind us," said Wallace. "He's a terrific player. He's as accomplished as any European player that I've ever seen I've being scouting Europe since 1990. You won't have to wait too long to hear his name get called. He's a branded, know entity, that everyone in the NBA has been watching for several years now. He was a pro at 13. So he's going to fare very well in this draft no matter where he goes.