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2022 NBA Draft mock 1.0: First look at the first round

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2022 NBA Draft, Bennedict Mathurin
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2022 NBA Draft mock #16: Memphis Grizzlies: Bennedict Mathurin

Mathurin returns for his second season at the University of Arizona where he should have a larger offensive role. As a freshman, he averaged 10.8 points, 4.8 rebounds, and 0.7 steals in 25.0 minutes per game, while shooting 41.8 percent from 3-point range over 91 attempts.

Mathurin will look to prove he is more than a 3-and-D wing this season. He shot the ball well off the catch as a freshman, but NBA scouts are hoping to see more of what he can do off the dribble. A monster sophomore season could have Mathurin vaulting into the top ten, especially with how teams are valuing threes and defense.

He was Canada’s second-leading scoring behind Caleb Houstan at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup. Mathurin averaged 16.1 points, 4.0 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 28.2 minutes per game as his team won the bronze medal in the event.

The Memphis Grizzlies keep adding talent around Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr. Bennedict Mathurin gives them another strong 3-and-D option off their bench that could fill a role immediately. Memphis is hoping better health helps them climb the standing this season, but they are likely to remain in the play-in tournament.