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

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211. . G. Memphis Grizzlies. Blake Wesley. 22. player

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 22. Blake Wesley, Grizzlies

A talented scoring guard who can slice through the defense with springboard athleticism, Blake Wesley could elevate the Grizzlies’ already-great second unit. If there’s anything missing from Memphis’ roster, it’s another player who can create offense from scratch. Wesley is a great jailbreak scorer who could loosen up the offense around him.

93. . F. Philadelphia 76ers. E.J. Liddell. 23. player

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 23. E.J. Liddell, Sixers

A big 240-pound forward who can defend in the post or on the perimeter, E.J. Liddell is the exact kind of player Philadelphia needs. He adds size, toughness, and athleticism to the second unit, with a reliable 3-point shot and the skill necessary to run some Embiid-like actions with the second unit as needed.

89. . G. Milwaukee Bucks. Kennedy Chandler. 24. player

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 24. Kennedy Chandler, Bucks

A twitchy 6-foot guard who can attack the rim with blinding speed, Kennedy Chandler would have the chance to carve out a role in Milwaukee’s rotation right away. He’s the perfect fit next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, and the Bucks’ core: he can drain spot-up 3s, torch a rotating defense with his speed, and make the extra pass to open shooters.