Apparently in need of a talented scorer, the Memphis Grizzlies used their 22nd draft pick to select UCLA Bruins shooting guard Jordan Adams.
Adams spent two years at UCLA, the first playing under former head coach Ben Howland. Adams quietly put together a stellar freshman campaign alongside former lottery pick Shabazz Muhammad, but his sophomore run this past season was even better under Howland's successor, Steve Alford. Adams averaged 17.4 points, 5.3 rebounds and 2.3 assists per game and improved his three-point shooting to 35.6 percent. He's efficient, too, having shot 48.5 percent overall.
Though the 6-foot-5, 209 pound guard lost some weight heading into the draft combine, he tested poorly athletically with a 29.5 inch max vertical leap. But Adams knows how to score without elite athleticism. He can bull his way to the basket and is slippery in getting his hip by his defender. Equally as unassuming, Adams is an elusive defender who averaged 2.6 steals per game.
The Grizzlies made the playoffs in 2014 as the 7 seed in the West before falling to the Oklahoma City Thunder. Adams will add some firepower to the Memphis offense that ranked 27th in points per game last season while also strengthening an already solid team defensively.