2022 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: Final first-round predictions and analysis

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 29: A general view of the board after the first round of 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: A general view of the board after the first round of 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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TAMPA, FLORIDA – MARCH 11: Kennedy Chandler #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the quarterfinals of the 2022 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Amalie Arena on March 11, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

169. . Point Guard. Houston Rockets. Kennedy Chandler. 26. player

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 26. Kennedy Chandler, Houston Rockets

School: Tennessee

Height: 6’1″

Kennedy Chandler is an explosive playmaker with excellent instincts and feel for the game. Despite his lack of size, the 19-year-old has impressive athleticism and a high motor, both of which help make him a productive asset as a ball-handler and on-ball defender. The Rockets need depth at point guard and Chandler would be more than a worthy selection in the back end of the first round.

player. 110. . Power Forward. Miami Heat. David Roddy. 27

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 27. David Roddy, Miami Heat

School: Colorado State

Height: 6’5″

David Roddy could sneak into the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft due to his efficient scoring ability as an intense offensive weapon. He’s naturally a forward but plays like a guard. Roddy shot 45.5 percent from three last season while leading Colorado State to a bid in the NCAA Tournament. His superior shooting at the forward position would uplift the Miami Heat offensively and his non-stop work ethic would fit seamlessly into the Heat culture.

Golden State Warriors. Nikola Jovic. 28. player. 41. . Small Forward

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 28. Nikola Jovic, Golden State Warriors

Pre-Draft Team: KK Mega Mozzart

Height: 6’10”

The Golden State Warriors are widely expected to trade this pick, and there could be a team that trades up to this spot in favor of taking a flyer on Nikola Jovic, an intriguing “point forward” prospect from Serbia that can produce in many different ways. He’s mostly a supersized playmaker with raw skill and true potential to become a dominant forward with proper development.

211. . Shooting Guard. Memphis Grizzlies. Christian Braun. 29. player

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 29. Christian Braun, Memphis Grizzlies

School: Kansas

Height: 6’6″

Christian Braun is a reliable two-way wing who can space the floor, score from beyond the arc and at the basket, and defend at a consistent pace. He’s a hard worker with a win-first mentality and does all the little things that coaches admire, all of which helped Kansas win the NCAA title. His skill set and mindset would help the Grizzlies contend for an NBA championship.

Point Guard. Denver Nuggets. Andrew Nembhard. 30. player. 73.

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 30. Andrew Nembhard, Denver Nuggets

School: Gonzaga

Height: 6’4″

With the last pick of the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, the Denver Nuggets should use this pick to select a backup point guard. Andrew Nembhard is an experienced and trustworthy ball-handler and playmaker that’s NBA-ready. The 22-year-old showed out at the NBA Combine in front of executives and really impressed. Nembhard worked out for the Nuggets last week and would seem like an ideal fit while the Nuggets are reportedly shopping Monte Morris.

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