2022 NBA Draft mock #14: Memphis Grizzlies (via Lakers): Bennedict Mathurin
After a rough start that includes multiple losses to lottery projected teams, the Lakers are projected to miss the playoffs, but they will not have their first-round pick this year. They owe it to the Pelicans if it falls inside the top ten or to the Grizzlies if it lands from 11 to 30.
Memphis just select Yannick Nzosa at 12th overall in this mock draft, so they are likely in the market for a guard or a wing that can share the backcourt with Ja Morant. There is no shortage of options, and much will depend on how the players perform this season.
Mathurin is just about to start his sophomore season at the University of Arizona. As a freshman, he averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 1.2 assists in 25.0 minutes per game. The 19-year-old is a strong shooter that has all the makings of a 3-and-D wing.
Bennedict Mathurin could climb up draft boards in this uncertain class because of his safety. He should consistently knock down shots and be able to play plus defense. Teams that want to win need those players, so the Memphis Grizzlies do not pass up a second chance to draft the 6’6 wing from Canada.