Navarro to Play in Spain
Perhaps buried in the news, but with
the potential to be significant fantasy-wise, was Juan Carlos
Navarro signing a five year contract to play in Spain . Last season
Navarro played 26 minutes per game, playing in all 82 games for the
The removal for Navarro from the
backcourt rotation will open more playing time for
Mike Conley and
Both are young talented players who have been somewhat hidden
playing on the small market Memphis team that was buried in the
Western Conference last season. Conley's profile was further
lowered by missing many games early in the season with injuries.
But Conley, the 4th overall
pick in the 2007, is considered a cornerstone of the Grizzlies
franchise. His game progressed last season, finishing on a strong
note offensively. Over his last eight games he averaged 14 points
per game and made 1.6 treys per game at 45%. As a point guard, he
will provide assists and his output in the steal category should
improve. Over the last eight games his assist to turnover ratio was
a very good 3.3-1. Conley will be a top 100 player next season.
Lowry showed offensive potential
scoring 9 or more points over his last fifteen games. He is strong
from two-point range as a guard shooting 49%, but he would be
well-advised to be more selective from three point range as he took
140 attempts and made only 36. He also needs to figure out what
went wrong at the free throw line as he went from 89% his rookie
year to 70%. Adding to his fantasy appeal is his ability to get
some assists and steals. His fantasy potential has a cap to it with
Conley slotted to man the point guard and considering the Grizzlies
would be a small backcourt with both on the floor at the same time.
For that reason look for him after 120 players are taken.
The Grizzlies have the fifth overall
pick, and it is expected they will find their frontcourt more
important to improve, keeping Conley and Lowry safe from seeing
additional competition via a high draft pick.