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

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2022 NBA Draft, Patrick Baldwin Jr.
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2022 NBA Draft mock #8: Sacramento Kings: Patrick Baldwin Jr.

Baldwin Jr. is another gifted wing that could push his way into the top five with a strong season. The 18-year-old will play for the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee this year where his father is the head coach. Baldwin Jr. needs to take the Horizon League by storm and lift his team into the NCAA tournament if he wants to consider at the top of the 2022 NBA Draft.

The 6’9 forward offers plenty of potential on both ends of the floor. He has a smooth shooting stroke that works off the dribble and the catch, plus his size, length, and athletic ability give him defensive potential. Baldwin Jr. will be looking to improve his handle and shot creation this season to increase his versatility.

He played a key role on Team USA’s gold medal-winning team at the FIBA Under-19 World Cup where Baldwin Jr. averaged 7.7 points, 5.0 rebounds, and 1.9 assists in 17.2 minutes per game.

The Sacramento Kings need to shake up their roster, and this could be the season where they make the moves. Expect the Kings to be back in the lottery where they would love to add a strong 3-and-D wing like Patrick Baldwin Jr.