NBA Mock Draft 2022: How 3 trades could shake up the lottery | Launderer’s report

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21. Denver Nuggets: MarJon Beauchamp, SF, G League Ignite

Beauchamp’s offense needs work and could always be capped by his limited outburst. Still, he sets the tone on defense, and the Nuggets need more of those players. Plus, he’s smart on the ball, which is a necessity for anyone sharing the floor with reigning two-time MVP Nikola Jokic.

22. Memphis Grizzlies (via Jazz): Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite

The Grizzlies are deep enough to swing big up top — like using last year’s No. 10 pick over Ziaire Williams — and Hardy has a lot to offer as an effortless isolation scorer with a deep arsenal of moves. He was considered one of the top five prospects in this category last summer.

23. Brooklyn Nets (via 76ers): Mark Williams, C, Duke

If the Nets keep that pick — they can defer and get Philly’s 2023 first round instead — they could race to the podium if Williams is still on the board. Bolstered by athleticism and a towering 9’9″ standing reach, he could be an impact rim runner right away.

24. Milwaukee Bucks: Kennedy Chandler, PG, Tennessee

The Bucks are light on playmakers and could use Chandler to fill that void. He’s undersized at 6’0″ but makes up for it to some degree with length and athleticism. He’s got a smooth grip, limits his mistakes, and has shooting range beyond the arc.

TRADE at 25 years old. Charlotte Hornets (via Spurs): Wendell Moore Jr., SG, Duke

Charlotte should base every decision on her impact on LaMelo Ball. Moore’s drafting would give Ball both a long-range shooter and secondary playmaker to help ease his offensive burden.

26. Dallas Mavericks: Nikola Jovic, SF, Mega Mozart

The 6’10” Jovic grew up playing guard, and it shows in his skills. He can shoot, manipulate and create, which could be a strong enough package for the Mavs to overlook his athletic limitations.

27. Miami Heat: Blake Wesley, SG, Notre Dame

Wesley needs more development, but he couldn’t land in a better place to find it than Miami. If the Heat sprinkle their player development dust on him, he could help unlock their half-court offense with off-dribble separation, three-tier scoring and on-target passing.

28. Golden State Warriors: Andrew Nembhard, PG, Gonzaga

The Dubs could use more depth behind Stephen Curry, and Nembhard has the IQ and ability to step into a reserve role. Last season he splashed 38.3% from his threes and more than tripled his 1.9 turnovers with 5.8 assists.

29. Memphis Grizzlies: Walker Kessler, C, Auburn

The Grizzlies could be in the market for a Steven Adams replacement very soon, and Kessler could look good in the role of inside enforcer. The 7’1″, 245-pounder shot 60.8 percent from the field and averaged an absurd 4.6 blocks in 25.6 minutes last season.

30. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Suns): Kendall Brown, SF, Baylor

Brown is one of the most explosive athletes in this draft. The Thunder has plenty of time to see what else it can become with the right amount of seasoning.

Statistics courtesy of NBA.com and Basketball Reference, except where noted.

Zach Buckley covers the NBA for Bleacher Report. Follow him on Twitter, @ZachBuckleyNBA.

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