2022 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Can the Toronto Raptors make a move?

LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 26: Chet Holmgren #34 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after being called for a foul against Paolo Banchero #5 of the Duke Blue Devils (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
LAS VEGAS, NV - NOVEMBER 26: Chet Holmgren #34 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs reacts after being called for a foul against Paolo Banchero #5 of the Duke Blue Devils (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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COLLEGE PARK, MARYLAND – JANUARY 29: Trayce Jackson-Davis #23 of the Indiana Hoosiers (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) /

Michigan State. Max Christie. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. SG. 31. 38

The Magic will kick off the second round by adding a former 5-star recruit with a silky-smooth jump shot in Christie. After a slow start, the 6-6 Christie is starting to flex his creative muscles on offense, which should get an Orlando team in need of wing depth interested.

Pick Analysis. Trayce Jackson-Davis. 32. player. Scouting Report. PF. Indiana. 29

A shot-blocking machine with a surprising array of post moves that should translate to the pros, Jackson-Davis would end up under a master developer of big men in Popovich. Don’t be surprised if he becomes a rotation contributor in his first season given his production with the Hoosiers.

Pick Analysis. SF. 33. 156. Scouting Report. UCLA. Peyton Watson. player

While Watson has seen his playing time shrink on a very deep UCLA team, he’s still a premium athlete with defensive skills, and the Cavaliers would be wise to take a gamble on his potential.

Julian Champagnie. player. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 34. 149. SF/SG. St. John's

The younger brother of Raptors forward Justin Champagnie, Julian will appeal to teams looking for a bigger wing with a reliable jumper and the ability to create on offense. He’ll get minutes instantly in Oklahoma City.

Scouting Report. C. Spain. 84. Pick Analysis. Yannick Nzosa. 35. player

Drafting Nzosa is a bet on your developmental staff, as he is currently a liability on the offensive end. Even if that will take a very long time to properly correct, Nzosa could be an intriguing defensive chess piece.

38. Scouting Report. SF. LSU. 36. player. Pick Analysis. Tari Eason

A switchable defender with the physicality and quickness to line up at multiple positions, Eason has emerged as a terrific interior scorer for the Tigers this season. Orlando ends a solid draft by getting a quality defender for the bench.

Roko Prkacin. 37. player. 156. PF. Pick Analysis. Croatia. Scouting Report

Prkacin took his name out of the 2021 Draft to improve his stock, yet he finds himself right back in this tier. His offensive game in the post still merits consideration for a high second-round selection, and Cleveland will oblige in this mock.

Bryce McGowens. 170. Pick Analysis. PG/SG. Nebraska. 38. player. Scouting Report

McGowens is extremely skinny and looks like a bit of a tweener given his iffy jump shot, but if the Hornets can help him pack on some pounds, he profiles as an ideal bench presence with the long arms and athleticism needed to stick in the pros.

Hugo Besson. player. Pick Analysis. PG/SG. New Zealand. 39. 34. Scouting Report

Besson has translated his production from France to New Zealand. A crafty scorer with size and playmaking ability, Portland could give him the same developmental attention that turned Anfernee Simons into a stud.

Jeremy Sochan. 27. Scouting Report. Baylor. 40. player. Pick Analysis. SF

Sochan is a bet on versatility and athletic ability more than immediate production, as he has started just one game in college. A switchable defender with hops, Sochan is a nice second-round gamble for New York.

SF. New Zealand. Ousmane Dieng. Scouting Report. 41. player. 86. Pick Analysis

Dieng ends up falling a bit due to some awful production in Australia, but ending up in Minnesota will allow him to learn behind some experienced veterans and help him harness his overall potential. His leaping ability and ball-handling make him worth taking.

NBA Mock Draft: Walker Kessler could be a rim protector.

C. Auburn. Walker Kessler. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. 42. player. 29

The UNC transfer is swatting away over four shots per game next to Jabari Smith, and that defensive potential will get NBA teams interested. With Jakob Poeltl’s future up in the air, why not draft a clone of him in the second round?

Christian Braun. 43. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. SG. Kansas. player. 125

Braun has hit some big shots for the Jayhawks this year, and his combination of scoring and rebounding will be promising enough to where Atlanta could take him despite a lack of amazing explosion.

44. player. 77. Pick Analysis. PG/SG. Caleb Love. Scouting Report. North Carolina

Love is a very poor finisher at the moment, but he possesses a quality jumper, on-ball and off-ball versatility, and enough defensive tools to work with. The Clippers have a surprising history of developing backup guards.