Friday, June 25, 2010

2010 NBA Draft: Memphis Grizzlies Draft Grade

Memphis Grizzlies Draft Picks

Xavier Henry 6'6'' Shooting Guard

Xavier Henry, the 6'6" shooting guard out of the University of Kansas.
If the rule of high school players to the NBA was still intact, I doubt I would have witnessed Henry on the KU campus this season. Rather he would have been taken as a lottery pick in last year's draft.
He is 6'6" and 210 pounds which is ideal size for an NBA shooting guard.
Henry has a nice stroke on his three point jump shot, and his offensive mindset is just outstanding.
Some scouts nag about his lack of aggression, me included, but as he progresses into a full NBA player that won't be a problem.
Going to college one year, Bill Self helped Henry gain the defensive fundamentals needed to excel at the next level. Henry is committed to playing defense, a very long defender, and is a thief I tell you. He jumps passing lanes, and times blocks well.

Grevis Vasquez 6'6'' Point Guard

Grevis Vasquez was the recipient of the Bob Cousy Award this year, and earned every bit of it. Vasquez was a great player on and off the court. He is the type of player someone could coach even while sitting on the bench.
Vasquez is an inspirational player. He is the player who brings a lot of leadership and compassion to the game of basketball.
He went out there and wanted every single game he played. He didn’t want to lose—that was the last thing on his mind.
Vasquez is listed at 6'6" and has the skills to play point guard at the next level. He is equipped with a nice mid-range stroke and the ability to get to the rim.
What scares me the most about Vasquez is his inability to consistently finish around the rim at the college level. Seeing as he is much smaller in weight than most NBA players, it’s going to be tougher finishing at the rim in the pros.
However, he is a good guard who displays very good court vision and passing skills. Vasques can definitely excel in this league, if given a chance.


The main concern coming in for the Grizzlies was to get bench scoring. With Xavier Henry and Grevis Vasquez you do just that. Henry can be a starter with his aggressive NBA ready body and shooting at the wing position, it will depend on the position he plays.

Draft Grade: B-

Written by DeAnte Mitchell

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