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

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2022 NBA Draft mock #26: Denver Nuggets: Marcus Bagley

Bagley would have been drafted in 2021, but he decided to go back to school for his sophomore season. The 19-year-old was limited to just 12 games as a freshman by calf and ankle injuries. He returns to Arizona State and is hoping for a healthy and productive season that vaults him into the lottery.

Bagley profiles as a 3-and-D wing that can make an impact on both ends of the floor. At 6’8, he can guard multiple positions and rebounds well. His jumper is still improving, but he connected on 34.7 percent of his three last season. It was his 38.7 percent from the field and 71.9 percent from the foul line that hurt his draft stock.

Health and consistency are the keys for Marcus Bagley this season. If he avoids injury and showcases his skill set, NBA teams will be interested in taking him in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft.

The Denver Nuggets can afford to take a gamble on a 3-and-D wing in the late first round. Bagley could be a rotation player in the NBA for the next 15 years or never play a meaningful role. The team that drafts him will have to believe they can help him reach his ceiling.