Memphis Grizzlies: Picking Tony Wroten in Draft Will Negate Loss of O.J. Mayo

Tom FirmeAnalyst IIJune 14, 2012

NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 06:  Tony Wroten #14 of the Washington Huskies drives to the basket against Jamil Wilson #0 of the Marquette Golden Eagles during the Jimmy V Men's Basketball Classic at Madison Square Garden on December 6, 2011 in New York City.  (Photo by Nick Laham/Getty Images)
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O.J. Mayo has given the Memphis Grizzlies a refreshing scoring boost off the bench over the last four years. Now, Mayo is a free agent, and the Grizzlies have little chance of re-signing him. Drafting Tony Wroten from Washington would be a wonderful move to fill the void left by Mayo.

Wroten is somewhat similar to Mayo. He's an aggressive offensive player who shoots fairly well and puts up a good number of points. Like Mayo, he's a scorer who's capable of playing shooting guard or point guard. Also, like Mayo, he's a good rebounder at the guard position.

Both Wroten and Mayo really like to shoot. Wroten took 16.9 field goal attempts per 40 minutes. Mayo took 15 field goal attempts per 36 minutes.

Mayo was the type to jump off the bench and take charge of the offense. He was the major shooter and ball-handler of the Grizzlies' second unit, holding a usage rate of 23.9 percent.

Mayo was a major scorer off the bench. In 26.8 minutes per game, Mayo averaged 16.9 points per 36 minutes. He scored in double figures 47 times in 66 games, including six games with 20 or more points.

Wroten would be able to pile up points in a modest number of minutes the way Mayo did for the Grizzlies. Wroten can also create shots for himself, just as Mayo can.

Like Mayo, Wroten does very well when he can do what he wants on offense. While Mayo mostly succeeds when he can get his way on the perimeter, Wroten does well when he can attack the basket.

Wroten needs to be able to go left when driving to the basket. His profile notes that he is around one-and-a-half times more successful driving to the left than he is going right.

While he has to improve his ability to go right to avoid becoming extremely predictable, Wroten is an explosive, hard-nosed attacker. He'll be able to affect games with his slashing ability if he needs to.

Also, like Mayo, he's a scorer who can also pass well. He has good court vision and can make difficult passes.

Mistakes are abound for Wroten, who averaged 3.8 turnovers per game.

However, he's talented enough to overcome these deficiencies. At age 18, Wroten has a great deal of growth ahead of him. He'll be able to refine his attacking style and become more versatile.

With a modest amount of money to spend before the luxury tax threshold, the Grizzlies need to add shooting with their only draft pick at No. 25 instead of free agency. Fortunately, they will be looking at someone who does some of the same things Mayo did for them.

By drafting Wroten, the Grizzlies will be able to fill most, if not all, of the 12.6-point void left by Mayo.