NBA Mock Draft Pick #6 - De’Andre Hunter, Forward, Virginia
SB Nation’s Memphis Grizzlies blog Grizzly Bear Blues explains the pick:
Trading away Mike Conley hurts. But man oh man, did we get a haul for him. T.J. Warren instantly becomes a starter for Memphis at the 4, moving Jaren Jackson Jr. to the 5. Josh Jackson can be a reserve forward and develop. Tyler Johnson can play some backup point, or he can sit next to Chandler Parsons and enjoy the pay days (which will end next summer, same as Chandler. The Grizzlies are about to have a LOT of cap space.) That also includes the #6 pick in this draft, and we were OK with that number because we assumed one of Jarrett Culver or De’Andre Hunter was going to fall to us.
The biggest knock on Hunter is his ceiling is low. You know what isn’t low? His basketball IQ. Or his shooting percentages. Or his understanding of team defense. In a way, he’s the perfect fit alongside Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ja Morant - a starter that can be anything you need him to be...except a star. And that’s OK - Memphis hopefully already has two young ones. What they need is help, and Hunter is almost assuredly that.
These are the terms of the trade in our Blogger Mock Draft between the Phoenix Suns and Memphis Grizzlies:
Suns receive: Mike Conley, Dillon Brooks, C.J. Miles
Grizzlies receive: 6th Pick, T.J. Warren, Josh Jackson, Tyler Johnson