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

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2022 NBA Draft mock #29: Oklahoma City Thunder (via Suns): Mike Miles

Miles was arguably the best point guard on Team USA’s gold medal-winning squad at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup where he averaged 9.1 points, 3.3 rebounds, 3.9 assists, and 1.4 steals in 20.9 minutes per game. The teenager will be hoping to use it as a springboard into a monster sophomore season at TCU that vaults him into the top 20.

Most do not even have Miles as a first-round draft choice, but that could quickly be changing. He looks like a late bloomer that keeps putting down better tape every time out.

Last season, the 6’2 guard averaged 13.6 points, 3.5 rebounds, 3.1 assists, and 1.0 steal in 32.9 minutes per game. He shot 36.0 percent from 3-point range over 114 attempts. Do not be surprised to see those numbers improve drastically in his second college season.

The Oklahoma City Thunder are still in the early phases of their rebuild, and they have amassed a massive stockpile of first-round picks. Adding an every improving guard in the high 20s that can handle the ball and make plays is a massive win. His size has some scouts shying away, but Mike Miles showed what he can do with talent around him at the Under-19 World Cup.