2022 NBA Mock Draft: How 3 Trades Can Shake Up the Top 10 | Bleacher Report

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

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

22. Memphis Grizzlies (via Utah Jazz): MarJon Beauchamp, SF, G League Ignite

Potentially losing Kyle Anderson in free agency opens up the need for a wing defender for Memphis, and Beauchamp can guard all over the floor with a 7’1″ wingspan. He won’t need to score much for a talented Grizzlies team, who will need Beauchamp to become a defensive-minded role player.

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

The Sixers desperately need center depth, and Kessler is the best available at this point. The 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, Tennessee

Milwaukee needs playmakers around Giannis Antetokoumpo, and Chandler would help keep starting point guard Jrue Holiday fresh for the postseason. The freshman guard averaged 13.9 points and 4.7 assists, knocking down 38.3 percent of his threes.

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

After adding some perimeter help in Dyson Daniels and Nikola Jovic, the Spurs spend their third first-rounder on paint protection. Koloko is a mobile big man who gets to learn behind Jakob Poeltl and could eventually earn the starting center job in San Antonio as early as next year.

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

A 6’6″ wing who shot 39.6 percent from three as a junior, Williams gives the Mavs another outside threat next to Luka Doncic. A 7’2″ wingspan and high energy level should help turn him into an NBA-ready defender soon as well.

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

This is a home-run pick for Miami, with Hardy representing the best star potential of anyone left on the board. If Tyler Herro joins the starting lineup next year, the Heat could use Hardy’s scoring pop off the bench, even if his outside shooting needs work.

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

Getting Wesley this late would be a terrific value for the Warriors, as he can become an athletic ball-handler off the bench. He’s not a plug-and-play option yet at 19, but after seeing what Jordan Poole became with a few years of development in Golden State, Wesley could become a rotation member soon.

29. Memphis Grizzlies: Andrew Nembhard, PG, Gonzaga

With Tyus Jones becoming an unrestricted free agent this summer, Nembhard could fill his role as a backup to Ja Morant. The 6’5″ point guard averaged 5.8 assists and 1.6 steals and, at 22, should be able to contribute right away.

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

OKC was the worst three-point shooting team in the NBA last season (32.3 percent) and could use Moore’s outside prowess. The junior drilled 41.3 percent of his triples for Duke last season while also showing off an improved playmaking ability.

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