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#2 – Ja Morant – Memphis Grizzlies

With the 2nd overall pick in the 2019 NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies have selected Ja Morant.

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With the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, the Memphis Grizzlies select guard Ja Morant of Murray State.

In the wake of the franchise trading its cornerstone Mike Conley Jr. to the Utah Jazz yesterday, the Grizzlies are fully embracing their rebuild by drafting Morant as its point guard of the future.

Many speculated that this draft only had one elite prospect in Zion Williamson, but after the NCAA tournament concluded, it was clear that Morant deserved much of the same recognition.

The upstart sophomore exploded onto the scene, averaging 24.5 points and 10 assists on 50/36/81 splits. Morant’s athleticism and explosiveness drew oohs and aahs from everyone in the NCAA. His efforts got the school some recognition as well, as Murray State, who had the 12th seed in the tournament, upset the fifth-seeded Marquette University in the first round.

As exciting as he is, Ja has flaws that he does need to work on. His jumper still is a little questionable and his 5.2 turnover average needs to be improved on if he is to reach his potential. Needless to say, he has plenty of time to work on that. With him on board, he and Jaren Jackson Jr. are the new pillars of youth in Grind City.

After months of being stuck between a rock and a hard place, the Grizzlies now have a more than a solid foundation of youth as they transition away from the Grit-and-Grind era.

Matt John is a staff writer for Basketball Insiders. He is currently a Utah resident, but a Massachusetts native.

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From time to time we have open chairs at Basketball Insiders for writers looking to gain experience, grow their brand and to be part of an aggressive up-tempo content team.

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From time to time we have open chairs at Basketball Insiders for writers looking to gain experience, grow their brand and to be part of an aggressive up-tempo content team.

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#17 – Aleksej Pokusevski – Oklahoma City Thunder

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With the 17th pick in the 2020 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Aleksej Pokusevski from Serbia. The Thunder completed a trade with the Minnesota Timberwolves to acquire the pick.

Pokusevski is a long term project, but one that has has an intriguing skillset. A 7-footer with good speed and quickness, Pokusevski plays like a wing and can pass like a guard. But, to truly thrive at the next level, Pokusevski will need to put on some serious weight.

Again, he’s a project. But Pokusevski’s ceiling is sky-high. And, with a rebuild ahead of them, the Thunder have more than enough time to work with him and ensure he reaches it.

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2020 NBA Mock Draft – The Final 60-Pick Mock

What a long and winding road the 20201 NBA Draft has been. While this draft cycle has seen its ups and down, the moment of truth if finally upon us.

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What a long and winding road the 20201 NBA Draft has been. While this draft cycle has seen its ups and down, the moment of truth if finally upon us.

Here is a final look at the 2020 Draft, and how it may play out in this final 60-pick Mock Draft of the 20202 NBA Draft process:

 

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