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

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2022 NBA Draft, Allen Flanigan
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2022 NBA Draft mock #21: Chicago Bulls (via Blazers): Allen Flanigan

Flanigan is entering his junior season at Auburn University where he continues to improve. The 20-year-old went from playing just 13.8 minutes per game as a freshman to being a key starter last season and averaging 14.3 points, 5.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 0.9 steals in 30.4 minutes per game. His jumper improved significantly as he shot 33.8 percent from 3-point range over 130 attempts. NBA teams will be hoping Flanigan’s shooting takes another leap this season.

Scouts are intrigued by his defense because the 6’6 wing offers the versatility and ability to switch that every organization is searching for in the modern NBA. Flanigan has an NBA-ready body and the potential to make a significant impact on the defensive end.

His jumper is the only thing holding him back from being a lottery pick. If he can shoot 37 percent or higher this season, Allen Flanigan will jump up draft boards.

The Chicago Bulls remade their roster this summer by adding Lonzo Ball and DeMar DeRozan, but they need depth and defense to take the next step. Flanigan is a fantastic fit because he will be ready for a role right away and should be able to hold his own on the defensive end of the floor.