Orlando Magic Daily 2022 NBA Mock Draft 3.0
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Bennedict Mathurin is a good wing that has a lot of raw tools that have coalesced very quickly. He could be a really dynamic player. For the New Orleans Pelicans, he would help their defense tremendously, giving them a willing defender for every wing position. His 3-point shot has come a long way and he would do well with the space the Pelicans’ main attackers create.
It has been a while since the San Antonio Spurs have had a top-10 pick. But they will go with someone that fits their ethos. I go with Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan. He is a good intangible player, able to defend and finish around the basket. the kind of player the Spurs feel like they can mold.
Shaedon Sharpe is the mystery man of this draft. He may end up being he best player in this group. He is that talented. But everything seems to be full of contradictions — some reports say his workouts have gone horribly, others say he has done fine.
When you get down to it, Sharpe has all the tools a modern wing is supposed to have. He has the ability to explode to the basket quickly. He can get to his spots and score. And he has good range.
It is just nobody has seen it played at the intermediary level between the dominant athleticism of high school and the extreme detail of the NBA. Not playing at college is a major question mark.
The Washington Wizards have to start planning for either surrounding Bradley Beal with some real talent or to start planning for life without Beal. Sharpe may give Washington the best chance for both.
At one point, Johnny Davis felt like a surefire top-10 pick. He was a dominant scorer at Wisconsin able to hit off the dribble and from all three levels. Then he got hurt and struggled to find his footing. And when he hit rock bottom, he hit rock bottom. Davis would give the New York Knicks another scorer to help try to spread the floor and attack. But the whole team seems a bit lost like Davis was late in the season.