Kennedy Chandler Draft Scouting Report: Pro Comparison, Updated Grizzlies Roster

Mike Chiari@@mikechiariFeatured Columnist IVJune 24, 2022

INDIANAPOLIS, IN - MARCH 19: Tennessee Volunteers guard Kennedy Chandler (1) sets up the offense during the NCAA Division I Mens Basketball Championship Round 2 game between the Michigan Wolverines and Tennessee Volunteers on March 19, 2022, at Gainbridge Fieldhouse in Indianapolis, IN. (Photo by Zach Bolinger/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images)
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After an impressive freshman season at the University of Tennessee, point guard Kennedy Chandler is NBA-bound, as the Memphis Grizzlies landed him with the 38th overall pick of the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday.

Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium noted Memphis acquired him via trade:

Shams Charania @ShamsCharania

Sources: San Antonio will pick Kennedy Chandler at No. 38 and trade him to Memphis.

Bleacher Report Draft Expert Jonathan Wasserman's Scouting Report

Player: Kennedy Chandler

Position: PG

Height: 6'0"

Pro Comparison: Darius Garland

Scouting Report: Chandler's game is predicated on creativity and speed. Becoming a more consistent pull-up shooter could unlock starting point guard potential if he continues to succeed as a pick-and-roll ball-handler, crafty finisher and pesky defender.

Kennedy Chandler, PG: Rookie scale contract

Jake LaRavia, PF: Rookie scale contract

David Roddy, SF/PF: Rookie scale contract

Jaren Jackson Jr., PF: $26.2M (2026)

Steven Adams, C: $17.5M (2023)

Dillon Brooks, SG: $11.7M (2023)

Danny Green, SG: $10M (2023)

Ja Morant, PG: $9.9M (2023)

Ziaire Williams, SG: $5M (2025)

Brandon Clarke, PF: $3M (2023)

Santi Aldama, PF: $2.6M (2025)

Desmond Bane, SG: $2.5M (2024)

John Konchar, SG: $2.3M (2024)

Killian Tillie, PF: $1.9M (2023)

Xavier Tillman, PF: $1.5M (2024)

Kyle Anderson, SF: UFA

Tyus Jones, PG: UFA

Jarrett Culver, SG: UFA

Yves Pons, G: RFA

Chandler made an instant impact for the Volunteers last season, averaging 13.9 points, 4.7 assists, 3.2 rebounds, 2.2 steals and 1.4 three-pointers per game while shooting 46.4 percent from the floor and 38.3 percent from long range.

In addition to being named to the SEC All-Freshman Team and All-SEC second team, Chandler was named SEC tournament MVP after he averaged 14.7 points, 5.0 assists, 2.7 rebounds, 2.0 three-pointers made and 1.3 steals in three games.

Chandler is among the best pure point guards in the draft, and he has all the makings of being a future floor general for the Grizzlies.