25. Memphis Grizzlies take Maxwell Lewis
The Grizzlies have excelled at developing talent, and they will have zero fear of taking a high-upside prospect with this selection. Dillion Brooks becomes a free agent this summer, which could push Memphis to search for a wing in the draft.
Lewis started off the season white hot and looked like a surefire first-round pick before struggling down the stretch. He averaged over 20 points per game while shooting over 51 percent from the field and 42 percent on his threes over the first 17 games of the season. Those numbers dipped to 13.4 points on 39.6 percent from the field and 22.4 percent on his 3-point tries over the final 14 contests.
Which Lewis will his NBA team get? He is a 6’7 wing with a plus wingspan, but he can still get exposed on the defensive end. Lewis needs time to develop, but he could become a coveted 3-and-D wing with the versatility to guard multiple players.
Memphis seems like the right fit. They can afford to give Maxwell Lewis time to develop with the hopes that he can become another 3-and-D wing to add to their rotation in two years. Can the Grizzlies improve his consistency and unlock his potential? It has not been wise betting against their player development in recent years.