Undrafted Free Agents Who Would Be Steals for Memphis Grizzlies
Despite taking two guys in the draft, the Memphis Grizzlies still have a bit of room for rookies on their roster. That gives them the opportunity to take an undrafted prospect to fit in the mix.
If the Grizzlies put both Jordan Adams and Jarnell Stokes on the roster, they would have 12 men in the group. That would leave room for one or two undrafted free agents.
Indeed, most of the rookies the Grizzlies bring in the fold would either be stashed internationally or with the Iowa Energy of the NBA D-League.
Still, a few prospects merit examination. Niels Giffey could be a nice catch-and-shoot marksman from downtown. DeAndre Kane can attack the basket.
Follow along for the full list.
While the Grizzlies could use all the scorers possible, they still will have a place for a pressure release valve once Tayshaun Prince is gone. Niels Giffey serves such a role, playing a low-usage role and hitting jump shots.
The German doesn't create his own shot and isn't much of a ball-handler, which may tend to move him toward a catch-and-shoot role. However, as DraftExpress.com notes, he finished at the basket with a 71 percent mark at the rim last season with UConn and 64 percent in transition.
He's mostly a three-point shooter, taking 3.0 of his 5.3 field-goal attempts per game from beyond the arc.
Giffey will also help defensively with his athleticism, high energy and reasonable 6'10" wingspan.
The Grizzlies may be able to fit another big man on their roster, and Jordan Bachynski may be the right guy. The former Arizona State Sun Devil was the biggest player at the NBA Draft Combine at 7'1.25" without shoes, as The Arizona Republic's Paul Coro tweeted.
Bachynski is a paint protector who's a dangerous shot-blocker. He swatted four blocks per game, improving on a Pac-12 record set the year before. His drawbacks defensively are his strength and lateral agility, per DraftExpress.com. If he develops his body, he would become an intimidating matchup.
The Calgary, Alberta, native is a nice shooter with a solid hook shot, having hit 54.5 percent last season. He mostly takes the ball in the post but has the shooting touch to knock down shots beyond his home territory.
Sean Kilpatrick is a nice little guy with great scoring ability. He averaged 20.4 points per game in his last year at Cincinnati. He has great length for his size at 6'4".
His passing is a concern because he averaged 2.5 assists per game. He's largely a jump-shooter and needs work on defense.
DeAndre Kane may not make an instant leap to the NBA, but his toughness and scoring ability could eventually push him into a rotation.
Kane is a small combo guard at 6'4.5", but compensates with a 6'8" wingspan.
Kane produces impressive figures, having averaged 17.1 points per game on 48.3 percent shooting. His three-point shooting (39.8 percent) is helpful. He would be helpful for the Grizzlies in transition, as 30 percent of his offense came in that situation, per DraftExpress.com.
In his last season at Iowa State, he worked more on scoring at the basket and creating for others while shying away from his off-balanced jump shot. His passing is a work in progress.
He sometimes turns it over, forcing passes and favoring his right hand in attacking.
After Kane worked out for the Grizzlies, Fox sideline reporter Rob Fischer tweeted that head coach David Joerger said Kane has "a little Tony Allen in him. He'll get after you."
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