Grizzlies take Jaren Jackson Jr. with No. 4 pick



Well, at the end of the day, it was a safe pick. Which, if you wanted the Grizzlies to swing for the fences with their No. 4 pick, probably means you’re disappointed.

With DeAndre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, and Luka Doncic going 1-2-3 as predicted, the Memphis Grizzlies selected Michigan State PF Jaren Jackson Jr. at No. 4. Jackson is a solid pick there, if not a sexy one. Grizz fans were hoping that Doncic would slip to No. 4; and absent that, that GM Chris Wallace would take a high-risk potential superstar like Michael Porter Jr. (Missouri) or Trae Young (Oklahoma).

But if it holds — remember, trade fireworks often go off overnight on Draft night — Jackson immediately casts doubt on the future of current Grizzlies power forwards JaMychal Green and Jarell Martin. Honestly, Memphis could use an upgrade at the PF spot; but if you’re trying to goose fan excitement, we’ll have to wait and see what Jackson brings to the table.

TSD’s Damichael Cole gives his quick reactions from the Draft Watch Party at FedExForum:

As I write this in the basement of FedExForum, I’m not quite convinced that the Grizzlies won’t make a move overnight. And as I’ve mentioned before in this space, the Draft is just the beginning of roster tinkering this summer. When the dust settles a little more, I will weigh in with a little more analysis.

The Grizzlies are expected to introduce Jackson and their No. 32 pick on Friday afternoon in the Grand Lobby of FedExForum. Stay tuned to and our Facebook page for the latest coverage!