Drawing puts Grizzlies in 8th position heading into May 14 NBA Draft Lottery

Grizzlies have less than 50% chance to convey this year's pick to Boston

By Updated: April 15, 2019 10:11 AM CT | Published: April 12, 2019 4:29 PM CT

The Memphis Grizzlies will be in the eighth position going into the May 14 NBA Draft Lottery to determine where they pick in the June 20 draft or if they convey their top-eight protected pick to the Boston Celtics.

There is now a 42.6% chance they send the pick to Boston this year.

On Friday, the NBA broke the three-way tie among the Grizzlies, New Orleans Pelicans and Dallas Mavericks, who all put up 33-49 records, with a random drawing using Ping Pong balls bearing each team’s logo. The ball with the Pelicans’ logo was drawn first, giving them the No. 7 position heading into the lottery. The ball with the Grizzlies’ logo came up next.

This doesn’t guarantee the Grizzlies will have the eighth overall pick in June’s draft, however, because that won’t be determined until the May 14 NBA Lottery.

What it did do is clarify some of the odds: They will have a 6% chance of gaining the No. 1 pick, a 19% chance of landing a pick in the top three, and a 26.2% chance of getting a top-four selection. They have a 31.8% chance of staying in the eighth slot.

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Ending up ninth from the bottom would have given the Grizzlies very strong odds of conveying the pick they owe to Boston this year (yes, this is from the infamous Jeff Green trade).

Because this year’s draft is considered rather weak after the top four selections – Duke’s Zion Williamson is roundly considered the obvious No. 1 pick – the Grizzlies might be better off to convey now.

Next season, the owed pick to Boston would only be “protected” 1-6, and is unprotected in 2021 when the draft is projected to be deeper. 

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The Grizzlies made headlines Thursday, when hours after their annual day of media exit interviews, they announced the firing of coach J.B. Bickerstaff and that general manager Chris Wallace had been re-assigned to the scouting department.

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C.J. Miles opts in for $8.7 million

Swingman C.J. Miles, whom the Grizzlies acquired in the February Marc Gasol trade with Toronto, on Friday submitted the paperwork to opt in for $8.7 million and remain in Memphis for the 2019-2020 season.

Miles, 32, played in 13 games after the trade, averaging 9.3 points per game and shooting 36.4% from 3-point range. His career averages are 9.6 points and 35.9% from deep.

At Thursday’s media exit interviews, Miles had more than tipped his hand by saying, “I look forward to being here.”

Although the Grizzlies had much turnover and many players, including Miles, missed time due to injury, he believed the players found some chemistry down the stretch.

“Everybody was so in tune with trying to win,” he said hours before the Grizzlies announced Bickerstaff had been fired and Wallace re-assigned.


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Don Wade

Don Wade

Don Wade has covered Memphis sports since 1998, voted on Baseball's Hall of Fame and the Heisman Trophy, and remains stunned his Kansas City Royals won a second World Series in his lifetime.

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