What: 2022 The NBA Draft (Grizzlies select 22nd, 29th and 47th … for now)
Where: Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York
When: Thursday June 23, 2022 7:00 PM CT
How to Watch: ESPN (first round on ABC)
Betting Information: Draft Kings
The 2022 NBA Draft is almost here! Just 7 days after the NBA Finals conclude, the NBA’s focus shifts to next season, with the NBA Draft kicking things off. The NBA Draft is always the first event to start the next NBA season. Although the new league year does not begin until a week after the draft, teams select their rookies in just a couple of days.
The timing of the draft and the new league year creates some oddity for the NBA with the prospect of wearing the wrong hats and not being able to play with their new teams until contracts are finalized. Time will affect which team GMs discuss in their media availability after the draft. Last year, after the Grizzlies traded Jonas Valenciunas and Steven Adams to New Orleans for the 10th pick, Zach Kleiman couldn’t discuss much about Zier Williams or Santi Aldama.
The Grizzlies are currently slotted to make their choices with the 22nd and 29th picks in the first round and the 47th picks in the second round. Rumors are already flying about the Grizzlies’ intentions in the 2022 NBA Draft, with every Climan selection from Ja Morant. In a recent Stubstock piece, Mark Stein reported that the Grizzlies had conversations with the Sacramento Kings about the 4th overall pick in the draft.
Going to the Top 4 is ambitious, but it shows that the Grizzlies are definitely aggressive in their draft night pursuits. GBB Site Manager will have Parker Fleming and I will cover the draft on FedExForum and speak with Kleiman at the conclusion.
Things move quickly for the Grizzlies after the draft, separating the draft and the summer league’s edge for just a week and a half. Throw in free agency and a crazy offseason for the Grizzlies starting June 30, and the NBA will start quickly. Stick with the Grizzly Bear Blues because we cover all the madness of the NBA offseason.
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