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

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2022 NBA Draft, Kennedy Chandler
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2022 NBA Draft mock #18: Houston Rockets (via Heat): Kennedy Chandler

Chandler was one of the top high school point guards last season. He is an explosive athlete that sees the floor well. The 18-year-old can handle the ball, pass, make plays, and create off the dribble. An outstanding freshman season at the University of Tennessee could have Chandler primed to be a top ten draft choice next summer.

Chandler’s transition game is impressive as he does well at finding the right teammate and creating a ton of easy buckets off turnovers. Putting the teenager on a fast-paced team should allow his skill set to pop.

The biggest question mark is his size. The 6’1 guard is not so small that he cannot be a force in the NBA, but it likely depresses his draft stock a bit. Chandler does not offer the versatility to guard multiple positions or the ability to switch. His defense is something to watch in college. Can he hold his own at the point of attack or will NBA teams be forced to hide him on the least threatening options?

The Houston Rockets are in the early stages of a rebuild and will be just looking to amass high-end talent. Kennedy Chandler is one of the best point guards in the class and a nice fit here.