Given the success rate of prior Los Angeles Clippers first-round selections, can anyone blame Oklahoma’s Blake Griffin if he’s contemplating continuing his college education? After the Clips managed to win, well, the only thing they ever do manage to win, the Memphis Commercial Appeal’s Geoff Calkins hails the end of what he calls “roughly 1,000 years of lottery misery” for the Grizzlies, and suggests his local side might consider wheeling and dealing for Griffin.
Just imagine the scenarios between now and draft day. The Grizzlies could:
1. Take a run at Griffin anyway: The Los Angeles Clippers got the No. 1 pick. They’re one of the few teams that might just as soon have Spanish point guard Ricky Rubio (above). The Baron Davis experiment hasn’t worked out. Rubio is flashy enough for Los Angeles and will appeal to their Hispanic fans. If Wallace can give the Clippers a good reason to take Rubio instead of Griffin, they might just go for it.
2. Trade Rubio for a package of picks and players: Would the Knicks be willing to give up the No. 8 pick and David Lee for Rubio? Put Lee in the power forward slot and draft Davidson’s Stephen Curry to fill it up off the bench.
3. Stay at No. 2 and take Rubio: Yes, take Rubio. The guy can flat play. Before Griffin went crazy this year, the ’09 draft was known as the Rubio draft. What’s wrong with taking an electric prospect at the most important position in the game? Trade Mike Conley to Portland for Travis Outlaw. Trade Rudy Gay and the Grizzlies other No. 1 pick to Phoenix for Amare Stoudemire. Next year’s starting lineup: Outlaw, Marc Gasol, Stoudemire, O.J. Mayo and Rubio.
Sure, it’s a dream. But dreams are possible now. The Grizzlies aren’t sitting at No. 7 and wondering if they should take Demar Derozen or Jordan Hill. They’re sitting at No. 2 with everything still in play.