2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks land defensive stopper, Warriors add another shooter

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16. Utah Jazz draft Kobe Bufkin

After selecting the best player available with the ninth overall pick in Taylor Hendricks, the Jazz decide to go with a guard at 16th overall and select Kobe Bufkin from the University of Michigan.

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Bufkin averaged 14 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists, and 1.3 steals per game in his second year at Michigan. He improved tremendously in between his freshman and sophomore seasons and is ready to make another jump into the NBA.

The best part about Bufkin's offensive game is his ability to score when going downhill. Bufkin uses hesi's and crossovers to get to the rim and finish with a layup or a floater. He has great touch around the basket, and he gets to the rim effortlessly.

Defensively, Bufkin hustles and guards ball handlers tight. He often gets steals on the ball and is an instinctual defender off the ball. Utah will benefit from having him in the lineup as he brings effort and defense to the guard position. He may struggle a bit with bigger guards as he only weighs 195 pounds, but once he adds muscle, he'll be an ideal two-way guard for the Jazz.

He can play point guard when he needs to but can also play off the ball. He shot 35.5 percent from downtown and would be great at shooting guard as well. This would be a great pick if he falls to 16, and Jazz fans would be happy to end up with Hendricks and Bufkin with their first two picks.