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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Scotty Pippen Jr, NBA Mock Draft
GAINESVILLE, FLORIDA – JANUARY 22: Scotty Pippen Jr. #2 of the Vanderbilt Commodores (Photo by James Gilbert/Getty Images) /

86. Scouting Report. 45. player. Pick Analysis. PG. Vanderbilt. Scotty Pippen Jr.

It doesn’t matter what his last name is. Pippen can play. A consistent scorer with the Commodores that has a great feel for the game on offense, Pippen is a knockdown 3-point shot away from becoming an impact bench player for the Timberwolves.

Max Abmas. player. 170. Scouting Report. PG. Oral Roberts. 46. Pick Analysis

Abmas put the whole country on notice during his tournament run with Oral Roberts, and he’s kept up his hot shooting by making 42% of his triples despite attempting 10 per game. He was born to be a backup for LaMelo Ball in Charlotte.

C. Kofi Cockburn. 47. player. 18. Scouting Report. Illinois. Pick Analysis

At nearly 300 pounds, Cockburn might be the strongest player in this draft. Brad Stevens has taken on an oversized center at the back end of the roster before in Tacko Fall, and Cockburn’s dominance for the Fighting Illini makes him a superior prospect.

NBA Mock Draft: Oscar Tshiebwe is a tremendous rebounder.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Kentucky. Oscar Tshiebwe. 41. C. 48. player

When you’re averaging 15.1 rebounds per game in the SEC, you’re doing something right. Getting him in the Golden State development pipeline is a good way to work on his ancillary skills while benefitting from his muscle beneath the basket.

Scouting Report. PF. 86. Pick Analysis. Colorado. Jabari Walker. 49. player

A 6-9 combo forward with a nice shooting stroke, Walker has been an impact rebounder and defender for the Buffaloes. He’ll fall to Minnesota here thanks to some concerns about his ability to handle the ball and become an above-average passer.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. UCLA. Johnny Juzang. player. SG/SF. 50. 79

Juzang hasn’t put capitalized on his red-hot NCAA Tournament from a year ago, but the former top recruit will still get drafted at some point. A smooth scorer and fearless gunner, Juzang on the iffy Dallas bench has a nice ring to it.

64. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. SG. Texas Tech. player. Terrence Shannon Jr.. 51

Shannon has suffered some injuries this year, which has made it hard for him to be a consistent shooting threat. Still, he can fly to the rim and cause turnovers on defense, which could be all it takes to sell the Pistons on his potential.

Scouting Report. SF. 69. Pick Analysis. UCLA. Jaime Jaquez Jr.. 52. player

A hard-nosed player with a nice-looking jumper, Jaquez offers intriguing two-way potential. The Pelicans may overlook his average athleticism and burst and take a chance on him here.

Pick Analysis. C. Zach Edey. 53. Scouting Report. Purdue. player. 69

At 7-4 and nearly 300 pounds, prospects don’t come much bigger than this. Edey’s production in a limited span of minutes against some tough Big Ten matchups will get the league interested. He could back up Jonas Valanciunas in New Orleans.

Fardaws Aimaq. 54. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Utah Valley. 100. C. player

Aimaq is as consistent a double-double threat as there is in college basketball, and the Pacers might look to snatch him up here. The level of competition he played against might turn some teams off.

PF. Gonzaga. player. Pick Analysis. Drew Timme. 55. 84. Scouting Report

Being a poor athlete without much of an outside game will hurt Timme’s stock, but he’s been so productive and consistent in the post for the Zags that Sacramento may want to roll the dice on him.

Rutgers. Ron Harper Jr.. Pick Analysis. SF. 56. player. 118. Scouting Report

The son of the 90s sensation, Harper is a wide-bodied wing with a solid shot from deep and the strength to move around on the defensive side. He’s a perfect fit for Utah’s bench.

Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. PG/SG. 41. player. Detroit Mercy. Antoine Davis. 57

Davis, who was coached by his father in college, has averaged over 24 points per game over four years and has shown off a deadly 3-point shot. Golden State could roll the dice and see if any of that production translates to the NBA.

Pick Analysis. SG. Georgetown. 58. Scouting Report. Aminu Mohammad. player. 66

Phoenix will close out the draft by adding a nice two-way guard that can crash the boards in Mohammad. Improving his interior finishing will be key if he wants to stick in the NBA.

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