• Memphis Grizzlies land 4th pick in 2018 NBA Draft

    By: Ben Rainwater , Marius Payton


    MEMPHIS, Tenn. - The Memphis Grizzlies will pick 4th in the 2018 NBA Draft.

    Their order was decided earlier Tuesday evening as the league held its annual NBA Draft Lottery.

    FOX13 kept an eye on those ping pong balls as they were drawn.

    The Grizzlies were hoping to get at least one of the top 2 picks. Having the 4th pick was a little disappointing,  this after having a 20 percent chance to go top 2.

    Despite the outcome, who the Grizz draft could mean positive changes for the city.

    The Grizzlies entered Tuesday's NBA Draft Lottery with the second best odds of landing the number one pick.

    "Obviously this is a great draft. There's you know 5 or 6 players that are probably gonna be just agents of change in the NBA in the next few years," said Kevin Kane, President and CEO- Memphis Conventions and Visitors Bureau.

    Memphis was plagued by injuries to its biggest stars during the 2017-18 season.

    Point guard Mike Conley missed the majority of the year with an achilles injury, Chandler Parsons was in and out of the lineup, Marc Gasol did not play the second half of back-to-backs, and Tyreke Evans was absent for personal reasons down the stretch run.

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    The Grizzlies finished the season with a 22-60 record. Only the Phoenix Suns were worse in 2018.

    The last time the Grizzlies drafted this high was 2009. It's a draft many fans would like to forget.

    "The city is always thirsty for a star-studded player. We have some stars and we always want more stars so we are very excited about tonight", Kane said.

    Memphis selected Hasheem Thabeet second overall. It is regarded as one of the worst picks in recent draft history given the talent available.

    James Harden, Stephen Curry, and Demar Derozan were selected between picks 3 through 9. All have gone on to make All-NBA teams and multiple All-Star games, while Thabeet is no longer in the league.

    The Grizzlies are hoping for better luck with this selection. The NBA Draft will be held June 21 at 6 p.m.

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