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

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22.   Portland Trail Blazers (from New York Knicks): DaRon Holmes II, Dayton Flyers

To actually contend with Damian Lillard, the Blazers need a center who can defend the rim and dunk on the other end, two of Holmes’ best qualities.

23.   Brooklyn Nets: Terquavion Smith, NC State Wolfpack

Even with Cam Thomas, the Nets would do well to add a springy offensive guard like Smith who can put up a boatload of points in a hurry.

24.   Memphis Grizzlies: Colby Jones, Xavier Musketeers

The Grizzlies seem to love jack-of-all-trade wings who can hit shots and create for others, which makes Jones all too easy of a draft fit.

25.   Sacramento Kings: Jordan Walsh, Arkansas Razorbacks

Even though he hasn’t had a chance to shine, Walsh’s repeated defensive flashes and untapped potential make him a worthy choice for a Kings team that can let him develop.

26.   Indiana Pacers (from Cleveland Cavaliers): Marcus Sasser, Houston Cougars

One of the best upperclassmen in the draft, Sasser would give the Pacers a proven sparkplug off of the bench who could pair with anyone on the roster.

27.   Utah Jazz (from Philadelphia 76ers): Noah Clowney, Alabama Crimson Tide

Clowney is one of the biggest risers this draft cycle, as his length and shot-blocking somehow went under the radar, but that won’t stop the Jazz from snapping him up.

28.   Charlotte Hornets (from Denver Nuggets): Jordan Hawkins, Connecticut Huskies

No team needs a bigger influx of offensive weapons than the Hornets and Hawkins would immediately become the best shooter on the team.

29.   Indiana Pacers (from Boston Celtics): Reece Beekman, Virginia Cavaliers

To supplement their burgeoning defensive core, Indiana takes a veteran star in Beekman who can torture opposing perimeter players on drives and cuts.

30.   LA Clippers (from Milwaukee Bucks): Brandin Podziemski, Santa Clara Broncos

Just like Jalen Williams last year, Podziemski has emerged out of thin air to be a first-round draft wing with a well-rounded offensive arsenal.

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