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

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2022 NBA Draft mock #30: Memphis Grizzlies (via Jazz): Mark Williams

Williams returns for his second season at Duke after averaging 7.1 points, 4.5 rebounds, and 1.4 blocks in 15.2 minutes per game as a freshman. The seven-footer is a traditional center that profiles as a strong roll man, rim protector, and lob threat, but he needs to prove he can do it in a larger role for the Blue Devils this season.

The market for a traditional big man figures to be limited, but the 19-year-old has the upside to be a starter and impactful role player in the NBA. He may get played off the floor in the playoffs, but winning in the regular season matters too.

The Grizzlies traded Jonas Valanciunas for Steven Adams this offseason, but they could be searching for a long-term answer at the five. Mark Williams offers them a strong rim protector that should perform well in the pick and roll with Ja Morant.

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The 2022 NBA Draft is still nine months away and plenty will change before it arrives. This is just a first look at 30 of the best prospects in this class. Expect plenty of movement and updates throughout the process. Keep it locked to The Smoking Cuban for all the latest on the draft and the Dallas Mavericks.