Saddiq Bey of Villanova could also make sense if Memphis were to make this move up the draft. He is much better than Williams from three (a staggering 45% from beyond the arc), and he is an upgrade defensively at this stage. But you’re taking Williams for his potential, whereas Bey is more prepared to contribute to winning basketball now.
The Pros inaugural season was a success on the floor finishing 3rd in the ABA Western Division with a 41-43 record. This was due in part to hosting the number one defense in the league with a team defensive rating of 101.9 and holding teams to 109.9 points per game. The team produced three All-Stars in Steve Jones, Jimmy Jones and rookie Wendell Ladner.
What does that mean for the likes of John Konchar and Yuta Watanabe, the two two-way players for the Grizzlies this past season who spent a majority of their time before the NBA Bubble in Orlando with the Memphis Hustle, the team’s G-League affiliate in Southaven. Both have the ability to be give qualifying offers in restricted free agency, but the market for both men - especially Watanabe, who has more experience than Konchar - may not be robust.