2022 NBA Mock Draft: How three deals can rock the top ten | Ovarian Report

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21. Denver Nuggets: Jake Lavia, F, Wake Forest

The Nuggets used 35-year-old Jeff Green as a starting power in 63 games last year. Even with Michael Porter Jr.’s hopeful return, Denver could use some front-end depth here with LaRavia. At 6’9″, he can shoot from outside (38.4 percent this year) and is a talented passer who would play well for Nikola Jokic.

22. Memphis Grizzlies (via the Utah Jazz): Margonne Beauchamp, SF, J-League Ignite

Kyle Anderson’s loss in free agency would likely open up the need for a wingman for Memphis, and Beauchamp could guard all over the ground with a 7’1-inch wingspan. He wouldn’t need to score much for the talented Grizzlies, who need Beauchamp to become a defensive-minded player.

23. Philadelphia 76ers: Walker Kessler, C, Auburn

The Sixers desperately need center depth, and Kessler is the best available at this point. Naismith Defensive Player of the Year blocked 4.6 shots in just 25.6 minutes per game and should become a solid backup behind Joel Embiid.

24. Milwaukee Bucks: Kennedy Chandler, PG, TN

Milwaukee needs playmakers around Giannis Antetokoumpo, and Chandler will help keep starting point guard Jrue Holiday fresh for post-season. The new goalkeeper averaged 13.9 points and 4.7 assists, dropping 38.3 percent from a hat-trick.

25. San Antonio Spurs (via Boston Celtics): Christian Colocco, C, Arizona

After adding some help around Dyson Daniels and Nikola Jovic, Spurs spent their first driver protecting the paint. Koloko is a big, mobile guy who could learn behind Jakob Poeltl and could eventually land a starting center job in San Antonio early next year.

26. Dallas Mavericks: Galen Williams, SG, Santa Clara

The 6’6″ winger, who shot 39.6% of three when he was young, is giving the Williams Mavs another outside threat beside Luka Doncic. His 7’2″ wingspan and high energy level should help turn him into an NBA ready defender soon we will.

27. Miami Heat: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite

This is a local pick for Miami, with Hardy the best potential superstar for anyone who has stayed on the board. If Tyler Herro joins the starting lineup next year, the Heat could use Hardy’s record off the bench, even if his outside shot needs work.

28. Golden State Warriors: Blake Wesley, SG, Notre Dame

Getting Wesley late would be of great value to the Warriors, as he could become a ball-sportsman off the bench. It’s not a plug-and-play option yet at 19, but after seeing what Jordan Ball has become with a few years of development in the Golden State, Wesley could soon become a rotating member.

29. Memphis Grizzlies: Andrew Nymbard, PG, Gonzaga

With Tyus Jones turning into an unrestricted free agent this summer, Nembhard could fill his role as Ja Morant’s backup. The 6’5″ point guard averaged 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals, and by the age of 22 he should be able to contribute straight away.

30. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Phoenix Suns): Wendell Moore Jr., SG, Duke

The OKC was the worst 3-point shooting team in the NBA last season (32.3 percent) and could use Moore’s outside prowess. The rookie drilled 41.3 percent of his three-pointers with Duke last season while also showing an improvement in his playmaking ability.

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