2022 NBA Mock Draft — 28. Walker Kessler, Warriors
Kevon Looney has been a serviceable starting center for years now, but the big man situation behind him is somewhat murky. Is Jonathan Kuminga really a small-ball five? Is James Wiseman going to play for the Warriors? There’s reason to believe Walker Kessler could pay off late in the first round. He was one of the most dominant rim protectors in college basketball last season, so he would add a different flavor to Golden State’s elite defense.
2022 NBA Mock Draft — 29. Bryce McGowens, Grizzlies
Bryce McGowens has size and scoring upside on the wing. The Grizzlies need more players who can generate offense in the halfcourt. Too often in the playoffs, Memphis’ offense simply went by the wayside in critical moments. McGowens is too much of a one-man show right now — he needs to improve his shot diet and develop as a playmaker — but the fluid handles and projectable jumper provide a strong basis for success.
2022 NBA Mock Draft — 30. Wendell Moore Jr., Thunder
Wendell Moore Jr. checks a lot of boxes late in the first round. He provides size and versatility on the wing. He’s a skilled playmaker for his position, using his strong frame to tumble downhill and find open shooters. If he needs to finish at the rim, he has plenty of ways to do that too. The defense could be more consistent, but the physical tools are there. OKC using this draft to stockpile big, skilled, multi-faceted players is a good move.