20. Memphis Grizzlies (via Phoenix Suns) take Bobi Klintman
Klintman had a disappointing freshman season at Wake Forest but was invited to the 2023 NBA Draft combine and was garnering some late first-round buzz before withdrawing his name. It is difficult to find a 6’10 forward with his athletic and shooting abilities. He made 36.8 percent from 3-point range last season and can guard multiple positions.
Klintman turned pro and will be playing in the NBL for Cairns Taipans this season. How will he hold up facing adults? The 20-year-old is oozing potential as a 3-and-D wing plus, but is he anywhere near ready for NBA minutes? He played just 20.5 per game as a freshman at Wake Forest. The 6’10 forward has a new opportunity this season and must take advantage.
Klintman averaged 13.7 points, 5.8 rebounds, 1.7 assists, 2.2 steals, and 1.0 block in 24.3 minutes each night over his first six contests this season. That stat line could make him a lottery selection next June. NBA teams love his potential but need him to prove it on the floor over a full season.
The Memphis Grizzlies are loaded with young talent, so they shoot for upside with this selection. If things break right, Bobi Klintman is a difference-making forward for a decade in the NBA, but there is bust potential.