Orlando Magic Daily 2022 NBA Mock Draft 3.0
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Tari Eason is a versatile forward who showed good defensive acumen and the potential to grow his offensive game. Jeremy Sochan has passed him in terms of versatile fours. Watch this pick to be on the move though. The Atlanta Hawks need veteran help to shake up and move their roster forward. Whether they stick with John Collins and De’Andre Hunter or move somewhere, filling in some defense would help them.
Jalen Williams has been the biggest riser of this draft. The 6-foot-6 guard really zoomed up boards with a strong junior year at Santa Clara and a good showing at the Combine. He is good at getting to the basket and has some playmaking skill. A good young player to add to any team (regardless of what the Houston Rockets do with this pick).
The Chicago Bulls have the biggest intrigue at this spot in the draft. They are heavily reported to be ready to trade this pick along with Nikola Vucevic and Patrick Williams to acquire Rudy Gobert. This pick is very much in play (although I would doubt the Chicago Bulls want anything to do with the Orlando Magic).
These picks are about the range that trades will happen.
No matter whether this pick ends up with Utah or Chicago, both teams need a steady hand and someone who will provide consistency. That is where Christian Braun and his championship experience should fit in. He works hard defensively to overcome his physical shortcomings and he looks like his shooting will translate to the NBA.
Kennedy Chandler is a really interesting prospect. He is dynamic getting to the basket and can hit a bit from the outside — 38.3-percent. Chandler is great finishing at the rim. But all the other parts of his game are huge question marks. He is 6-feet tall and is just small for the guard position despite all his efforts defensively. His poor free throw percentage — 60.6-percent! — is not a good harbinger of his ability to hit from deep.