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

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Washington Wizards. Johnny Davis. 10. player. 142. . G

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 10. Johnny Davis, Wizards

The Wizards started Raul Neto at point guard last season. The backcourt needs a facelift, whether Bradley Beal stays or not. Johnny Davis would be a sensible pick, supplying them with another talented on-ball scorer who can defend at a high level and elevate the team’s competitive spirit.

11. player. 27. . C. New York Knicks. Jalen Duren

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 11. Jalen Duren, Knicks

Mitchell Robinson might leave in free agency, which would leave a rather large hole at center for New York. The Knicks are very traditionally built, and a player with Duren’s measurements (6-foot-11, 7-foot-5 wingspan, 250 pounds) and shot-blocking instincts would no doubt appeal to Tom Thibodeau. He can finish everything at the rim and he could be the best rim protector in the draft.

149. . F. Oklahoma City Thunder. Jeremy Sochan. 12. player

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 12. Jeremy Sochan, Thunder

OKC continues to prioritize length and athleticism, this time in the form of Jeremy Sochan. The Baylor prospect is a legitimate five-position defend who displays impressive instincts and effort on that side of the ball. On offense, he’s the perfect in-between player — screen-setting, quick decisions, interior finishes. He needs to become a better 3-point shooter, but the early results are promising and OKC has one of the best player development programs in the NBA.