Will the Memphis Grizzlies Choose Rubio with Second Overall Pick?

A. Enslen ButlerContributor IMay 19, 2009

BEIJING - AUGUST 24:  Ricky Rubio #6 of Spain lays the ball up past Dwight Howard #11 of the United States in the gold medal game during Day 16 of the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games at the Beijing Olympic Basketball Gymnasium on August 24, 2008 in Beijing, China.  (Photo by Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

The Memphis Grizzlies got lucky and landed the second overall pick in the 2009 NBA Draft after the draft lottery, which was held Tuesday night.


The Los Angeles Clippers won the top pick and is expected to select Oklahoma power forward Blake Griffin. Based on their 2008-09 record, Memphis was slated to pick sixth overall.

Now that the lottery position is determined, we can talk about who the team will pick. The team needs a power forward, but Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio will be tough to overlook.

Rubio is a 6'4" guard averaged 10 points and six assists in 22 minutes per game, playing in the Spanish League last year. The experts tend to agree that Griffin and Rubio are the top two players in the 2009 draft class.

The Washington Post says, "Ignoring Rubio could be like taking a pass on Chris Paul, Deron Williams, Derrick Rose, or Steve Nash; all are in the 'team-changing' category."

Memphis starting point Mike Conley was on the trading block last year. So the front office might not be sold on the Ohio State product. But he did improve late in the season and averaged 10.9 points, 4.3 assists, and 3.4 rebounds.