2022 NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren compete for No. 1

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Nikola Jovic. 28. player. 41. . F. Golden State Warriors

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 28. Nikola Jovic, Warriors

A 6-foot-10 wing/playmaker who can run the offense or spot-up and work without the ball, Nikola Jovic brings a lot of skill to the table. Golden State puts a lot of stock in such versatility, and while there are valid questions about Jovic’s defensive position, his natural talent is enough to earn first round consideration. He would fit into several different lineup combos and he would be capable of playing several different roles depending on the personnel around him.

. C. Memphis Grizzlies. Christian Koloko. 29. player. 211

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 29. Christian Koloko, Grizzlies

Christian Koloko didn’t play basketball full-time until he was 17 years old. That’s pretty wild, but it’s also suggestive of a high ceiling. His arc of improvement at Arizona was mighty impressive. He’s one of the most explosive shot-blockers in the draft, but he’s also capable of guarding the perimeter. He finishes efficiently at the rim, and would pair nicely with either one of Jaren Jackson Jr. or Brandon Clarke.

. F. Denver Nuggets. Christian Braun. 30. player. 73

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 30. Christian Braun, Nuggets

The Nuggets add some size and shooting on the wing. Christian Braun is a bouncy athlete who can drain 3s, or cut to the rim and glide through the defense for impressive finesse finishes. Jokic’s passing would put Braun in a prime position to succeed, while his toughness and willingness to defend would be welcomed in the Denver second unit.

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