NBA Mock Draft: The Thompson Twins skyrocket up the draft board

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Jett Howard, Michigan Wolverines
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13.   Los Angeles Lakers (from New Orleans Pelicans): Jett Howard, Michigan Wolverines

A knockdown shooter like Howard who can hit shots off of the catch, off of screens, and off of the dribble is a match made in heaven for LBJ and AD.

14.   Utah Jazz: Brice Sensabaugh, Ohio State Buckeyes

Outside of Lauri Markkanen, the Jazz lack a proven scoring threat, which makes Sensabaugh a great fit for a team that is still in transition.

15.   New York Knicks (from Dallas Mavericks): Gradey Dick, Kansas Jayhawks

The last piece to New York’s offensive puzzle is a connecting shooter, which Dick fits to a T, while also offering a sly amount of off-ball defense for the team.

16.   Utah Jazz (from Minnesota Timberwolves): Dariq Whitehead, Duke Blue Devils

As he’s rounded into health, Whitehead’s started to show the same burst, creation, and shooting touch that made him a consensus top recruit heading into his season for the Blue Devils.

17.   Atlanta Hawks: G.G. Jackson, South Carolina Gamecocks

There is no prospect in this draft with a higher ceiling and lower floor than Jackson, but the Hawks could replace John Collins with a player who could be him today and better than him tomorrow.

18.   Golden State Warriors: Maxwell Lewis, Pepperdine Wave

In the post-Curry future, the Warriors will need a developed scorer to pair with Jordan Poole, which Lewis could become if he’s given time to hone his skills.

19.   Miami Heat: Jalen Hood-Schifino, Indiana Hoosiers

Kyle Lowry’s been a non-factor for the Heat in recent weeks, which makes the need for an offensive dynamo like JHS that much more important to their contention.

20.   Houston Rockets (from LA Clippers): Kris Murray, Iowa Hawkeyes

Like his brother before him, Murray’s a proven scorer from all areas on the floor, which makes him an easy fit with Scoot and the rest of Houston’s young core.

21.   Brooklyn Nets (from Phoenix Suns): Leonard Miller, G-League Ignite

Scratch G.G. Jackson, Miller is the biggest boom-or-bust prospect in years, but his consistent rebounding and interior scoring gives Brooklyn a new offensive dimension.