Memphis Grizzlies draft pick David Roddy from Colorado State’s point of view


When the Memphis Grizzlies drafted David Roddy from Colorado State with the 23rd pick in the NBA Draft, it came as a surprise to most fans. However, Roddy was a player Memphis had in its sights throughout the entire pre-draft process.

The Grizzlies liked Roddy so much that they were willing to trade De’Anthony Melton to return to the first round for the 6-foot-5, 255-pound combo forward.

Roddy was the Mountain West Conference Player of the Year last season and played the majority of his minutes at power forward and center. He averaged 19.2 points, 7.5 rebounds, 1.2 steals and 1.1 blocks.


The Commercial Appeal caught up with Kevin Lytle, who covers Colorado State basketball for the Coloradoan and has watched Roddy for the past three seasons.

Kevin Lytle on Grizzlies draft pick David Roddy

CALIFORNIA: In which position in the NBA do you think David Roddy fits best and why?

Lytle: It’s going to be interesting to watch because his primary job at Colorado State was four, but they actually used him a lot at five. I really can’t see him playing five in the NBA. I think he’s going to rebound more between 3 and 4, depending on matchups and defensive responsibilities. It will be interesting to watch because he moved up and down the lineup at Colorado State.