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The 14-man USA Basketball Select Team includes Jarrett Allen (Brooklyn Nets); Marvin Bagley III (Sacramento Kings); Mikal Bridges (Phoenix Suns); Jalen Brunson (Dallas Mavericks); John Collins (Atlanta Hawks); Pat Connaughton (Milwaukee Bucks); Craig; De’Aaron Fox (Sacramento Kings); Joe Harris (Brooklyn Nets); Jonathan Isaac (Orlando Magic); Jaren Jackson Jr. (Memphis Grizzlies); Mitchell Robinson (New York Knicks); Derrick White (San Antonio Spurs); and Trae Young (Atlanta Hawks).
According to league sources, Memphis’s leadership has not come to a firm decision on this pick yet, with R.J. Barrett still a candidate for No. 2. The widespread expectation at the draft combine in May was that the Grizzlies had zeroed in on Morant with this selection. Morant recently had a minor knee procedure done and won’t be working out for anyone, but he did visit with the Grizzlies at their facility on Sunday. Although Barrett will not work out for the Grizzlies, the thought is that it won’t keep them from making the pick, if they deem him the best choice—Memphis did just that when selecting Jaren Jackson a year ago. Morant still appears to be the likely choice for the Grizzlies at this point in time, but things could still shift over the course of the next week.
After the lottery, Gentry also hugged Grizzlies director of player support Elliot Perry, who told The Undefeated he got more than 50 text messages after Memphis landed the No. 2 pick. Perhaps the rebuilding Grizzlies can now trade veteran point guard Mike Conley with the expected addition of Ja Morant, who averaged 24.5 points, 10 assists and 5.7 rebounds for Murray State last season. “I love the way he plays,” Perry said of Morant. “I will leave the selecting up to the guys that make the pick. But if you look at the way he played, with a lot of excitement, passion and toughness, that is what we need. You pair him with J.J. [Jaren Jackson] and you got two young guys with our franchise that we can build around.”
Jensen, who has been with the Jazz since 2013, is regarded as a tactician who played a major role in developing star center Rudy Gobert. The Jazz won 25 games during his first season. Five seasons later, Utah is coming off three consecutive 48-plus win seasons and playoff berths. If hired by the Grizzlies, one of Jensen’s primary tasks will be developing big man Jaren Jackson Jr., who is entering his second season and is viewed by many within the organization as a franchise centerpiece.
Noah has made an impact behind-the-scenes as well. He’s not only raised the energy level of the Grizzlies’ practices, but has been an influence on young bigs Jaren Jackson Jr. and Ivan Rabb as well. “He pushes them every day,” Mike Conley said. “He’s a competitor, he doesn’t take days off. He goes after them every day. He’s a constant in trying to make each point a lesson. Every time something happens, there’s a lesson to be learned. It’s cool to have another guy like that on your team who can lead and pave it forward.”
So how does Jackson get his blocks? According to a recent comment, Jackson credits his playing of the popular video game franchise NBA 2K19 with his ability to time his jumps. Seriously. “You get it from 2K. Not kidding,” smiled Jackson.
21 Jun 18
The questions came far sooner than they expected, and Miles Bridges , Jaren Jackson and Nick Ward didn’t have answers for them. All three Michigan State players didn’t say if they will leave Michigan State and enter the NBA Draft following the Spartans second-round tournament upset loss to Syracuse. “I’m thinking about my teammates,” Bridges said in the postgame locker room. “That’s it.”
03 Mar 17