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

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2022 NBA Draft, Chet Holmgren
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2022 NBA Draft mock #1: Houston Rockets: Chet Holmgren

Holmgren is the favorite to go number one overall entering the 2021-2022 season. He won MVP at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup as he led Team USA to the gold medal. The 19-year-old averaged 11.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 3.3 assists, and 2.7 blocks in 21.3 minutes per over seven games at the event.

Holmgren is a unique prospect. The seven-footer can handle the ball, make plays, space the floor, knock threes, and protect the rim. The teenager is already drawing the unicorn label and will be one of the most interesting players to watch this season at Gonzaga.

Holmgren has incredible basketball skills, but there are some questions. He is listed under 200 pounds and is going to need to add some serious size to be able to hold up playing center in the NBA. Holmgren could also see his rim protection decline as the opposition gets bigger and more physical. He will need to prove that he can get it done on both ends of the floor in the paint at the NCAA level as the teenager continues to add size.

Chet Holmgren is too skilled not to be a top draft pick, but going number one overall is not a slam dunk. Some scouts will question his ability to quickly translate his game to the NBA. His potential as a modern stretch five will have teams lining up to draft him, but there could be a change at the top of this draft at some point this season.