25. Memphis Grizzlies acquire Rayan Rupert
The Memphis Grizzlies' offseason has been filled with drama after getting bounced from the first round of the playoffs by the Los Angeles Lakers. Ja Morant got caught with a gun on Instagram Live again and then tried to say that the gun was a toy.
Not the best look.
Memphis is also not bringing back Dillon Brooks this offseason, and that will be a big change for them as he typically guards the other team's best player. The Grizzlies need more depth at shooting guard, and that's why I have them selecting Rayan Rupert with the 25th pick in the 2023 NBA Draft.
Just like Brooks, Rupert has high defensive upside and could turn into the Grizzlies' next defensive stopper. Kevin O'Connor even compared him to former Memphis Grizzlies guard, Tony Allen, on his annual pre-draft big board. He has a 7'3 wingspan and brings full effort on and off the ball.
He looks like an NFL defensive back in the passing lanes as he anticipates where the ball will go and flies over there. Rupert pokes the ball away often and can pick up opponents full court if needed.
Offensively, Rupret is a good ball-handler and passer. He isn't a true point guard, but can handle his own if he needs to bring the ball up. His shooting numbers aren't there yet, and he's streaky.
This pick would be a great pick to help their defense, and he could develop into being a 3-and-D option over time.