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2022 NBA Draft mock 2.0: Who will Dallas Mavericks select?

2022 NBA Draft, Chet Holmgren
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2022 NBA Draft, Marcus Bagley
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2022 NBA Draft mock #30: Memphis Grizzlies (via Jazz): Marcus Bagley

The Jazz have just a top-six protection on this selection, so expect the Grizzlies to snag their first-rounder this year. This will be the third first-round pick for Memphis in this mock draft as they continue to build around their two young stars.

Bagley is 6’8 with an NBA-ready body and athleticism. He showed flashes during his freshman season at Arizona State but was limited to just ten games because of injuries. His defense brings scouts to the table as Bagley profiles as a versatile and switchable option with size that can hold his own inside and defend on the perimeter.

Bagley proves he is one of the best 3-and-D wings in this class if he consistently knocks down his jumpers over a larger sample size this season. He was 25 of 72 in just 12 games last season. Bagley has the confidence to fire and strong mechanics, so there is no reason the threes should not fall at a strong clip during the 2021-2022 campaign.

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The Memphis Grizzlies round out the first round by selecting Marcus Bagley. Remember, there is still a ton to be learned about the 2022 NBA Draft class, but there is already no shortage of intriguing prospects.