Orlando Magic Daily 2022 NBA Mock Draft 3.0
The Middle of the Draft
The one thing this draft seems short on is perimeter shooting. The one skill that is most valuable in this league. Shooting is always at a premium. Malaki Branham made 41.6-percent of his 3-pointers and 83.3-percent of his free throws. Branham is the perfect pick for this stage of the draft and would give the growing Thunder some important shooting to start the climb out of the basement.
The Charlotte Hornets have been in a never-ending quest for a center. It seems like every year they are looking for that defensive anchor. Considering Mike D’Antoni is about to become the coach (maybe), the Hornets may not need a traditional center.
Nevertheless, Mark Williams is a strong center prospect to run with LaMelo Ball and their high-powered offense. He has an incredible wingspan and good defensive instincts. He can block shots and finish at the rim. He may not have much else offensively, but he is a great pick and roll partner.
The Cleveland Cavaliers have to be thinking about pushing some chips in. They were knocking on the door for a playoff spot and fell short in the Play-In Tournament. Getting a veteran wing like Ochai Agabaji who can fit in defensively and hit from the outside would be a valuable chip for Cleveland.
Ousmane Dieng is one of the more interesting prospects in this draft. He was a 6-foot-10 point forward. He came on strong to end the season for the New Zealand Breakers after struggling to start the year. He has the dynamic athletic ability to get into the paint and finish with the basket. He just needs to improve the other aspects of his game. He would work really well in Charlotte’s wide-open style.