2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks dream draft choice falls, Rockets shock at 4

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12. Oklahoma City Thunder take Jordan Hawkins

The Thunder have a young roster that is loaded with talent, but they would love to add another shooter around Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey. The return of Chet Holmgren should help, but OKC could put another key floor spacer around them.

Hawkins had a breakout sophomore season at UConn where he helped the Huskies win the NCAA championship. He played just 14.7 minutes per game as a freshman before becoming a starter and key contributor in year two. Hawkins averaged 16.2 points, 3.8 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 29.4 minutes each night as he shot 38.8 percent from 3-point range.

The 6’4 guard hit nearly three 3-pointer each game last season and his ability to do it on the move makes him intriguing in the lottery. Hawkins compared himself to Klay Thompson, and that could be the Thunder’s dream if they make this selection.

Jordan Hawkins measured at 6’4 with a 6’7 wingspan at the combine. He competes hard on the defensive end of the floor, but there are some questions because he is not an elite athlete.

The 21-year-old is a bit older and lacks playmaking ability, but the Thunder have plenty of ball-handlers on their roster. Oklahoma City is the perfect fit because Hawkins can just focus on making shots and defending.