2022 NBA Mock Draft: All first-round predictions, risers, fallers

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 29: NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the 2021 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on July 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 29: NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the 2021 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on July 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images) /
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2022 NBA Mock Draft
LOUISVILLE, KY – JANUARY 22: Blake Wesley #0 of the Notre Dame Fighting Irish is seen during the game against the Louisville Cardinals at KFC YUM! Center on January 22, 2022 in Louisville, Kentucky. (Photo by Michael Hickey/Getty Images) /

21. player. 73. . Shooting Guard. Denver Nuggets. Blake Wesley

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 21. Blake Wesley, Denver Nuggets

School: Notre Dame

Height: 6’5″

Blake Wesley could attract the Denver Nuggets with his scoring prowess and high motor. The 19-year-old guard can handle the ball, direct an offense, and thrive in transition. Denver would be a favorable landing spot for Wesley with back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic, making it much easier for him offensively and he’d have a comfortable role in head coach Mike Malone’s system.

211. . Shooting Guard. Memphis Grizzlies. Marjon Beauchamp. 22. player

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 22. Marjon Beauchamp, Memphis Grizzlies

Pre-Draft Team: G League Ignite

Height: 6’6″

After an unbelievable season full of exceeding expectations, the Memphis Grizzlies should be looking to upgrade its perimeter defense as they aim to build a title contender moving forward. Shooting guard is also a position of need for the Grizzlies, so G League Ignite wing Marjon Beauchamp would be a thrilling addition. Beauchamp will excel on the defensive end for the most part throughout his NBA career with his versatility, lateral quickness, and an impressive wingspan, but there’s offensive upside to him, too, especially off the ball, which would suit Memphis well.

Philadelphia 76ers. Malaki Branham. 23. player. 93. . Shooting Guard

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 23. Malaki Branham, Philadelphia 76ers

School: Ohio State

Height: 6’5″

Malaki Branham is a three-level scoring wing that can punish you with his smooth craft and proper shooting mechanics. He’s an attack-minded guard that can thrive in the half-court offense and in transition. If the Philadelphia 76ers keep this pick, Branham would be a productive fit alongside Joel Embiid, James Harden, and Tyrese Maxey.

player. 89. . Point Guard. Milwaukee Bucks. Dalen Terry. 24

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 24. Dalen Terry, Milwaukee Bucks

School: Arizona

Height: 6’7″

Dalen Terry’s flashy athleticism, solid playmaking ability, and high upside defensively would immediately bring value to the Milwaukee Bucks. Terry mostly played point guard for Arizona, but also played on the wing due to his versatility and seven-foot wingspan. The Bucks lacked another playmaker and switchable wing during their second-round playoff loss to Boston, and Dalen Terry would kill two birds with one stone as a lengthy prospect with promising two-way abilities and high energy that could earn him a rotation spot right away for this title-contending team.

25. player. 29. . Center. San Antonio Spurs. Walker Kessler

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 25. Walker Kessler, San Antonio Spurs

School: Auburn

Height: 7’0″

As a seven-foot shot-blocking machine, Auburn center Walker Kessler is an intelligent rim protector that will benefit any team in need of a defensive-minded center. Kessler is limited offensively, outside of being a lob threat, and must develop more physically. However, the Defensive Player of the Year in college basketball that averaged 4.5 blocks per game last season should have a clear role in the NBA. The San Antonio Spurs should be interested in a rim protector with starting center Jakob Poeltl on an expiring contract.