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

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2022 NBA Draft mock #7: Toronto Raptors: Nikola Jovic

Jovic is in the running to be the top international prospect selected after he averaged 18.1 points, 8.3 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.7 blocks in 31.0 minutes per game at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup. Jovic made the All-Tournament team as Serbia finished fourth at the event.

The 6’10 forward can handle the ball, pass, and play on the perimeter. He has shown flashes as a rim protector and defender, but he will need to add some mass to excel in the NBA. Jovic's jumper and free throw shooting are areas that need improvement, but the teenager still has plenty of room to grow.

Jovic is entering his third year of professional ball with Mega Basket in Serbia. Last season, the 18-year-old averaged 11.8 points, 5.5 rebounds, 1.0 assist, and 0.5 blocks in 24.7 minutes per over four league games with their senior team. He will be looking for a larger role before he makes the jump to the NBA.

The Toronto Raptors are planning on being back in the playoffs this season, but if they end up in the lottery, expect them to be looking to add talent and upside. Jovic has shown he can be a standout at the age-group level, and with a strong season, he could push his way into the top five in the 2022 NBA Draft.