Fans may mistake the Memphis Grizzlies' strained march much of the way through the first two games of the Western Conference Finals for that of a team that doesn't belong in the conference finals. However, the Grizzlies have earned their way to the conference finals.
The first team includes LeBron James of the Miami Heat, Tim Duncan of the San Antonio Spurs, Kevin Durant of the OklahomaCityThunder, Kobe Bryant of the Los Angeles Lakers and Chris Paul of the Los Angeles Clippers.
When it comes to the NBA draft, the average fan perceives the process as one of maximizing value and landing the best player available. Outside of the lottery, however, the strategy often changes as the stars disappear and teams target the players that fit their most specific needs.