August 13, 2022

When the Memphis Grizzlies drafted David Roddy out of 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 their eyes on throughout the pre-draft process.

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

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

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

Kevin Lytle on Grizzlies draft pick David Roddy

CALIFORNIA: Which NBA position do you think David Roddy is best suited to and why?

Lytle: It’s going to be interesting to watch because his main position at Colorado State was on the four, but they used him a lot on the five. I don’t really see him playing five in the NBA. I think he will bounce the most between 3 and 4, depending on matchups and defensive responsibilities. It will be interesting to see because he kind of went through training at Colorado State.