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NBA Mock Draft 2022: predictions in 2 rounds and latest buzz | Launderer’s report

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31. Indiana Pacers (via Rockets): Christian Braun (Kansas, SG/SF, Junior)

32. Orlando Magic: Andrew Nembhard (Gonzaga, PG, Senior)

33. Toronto Raptors (via Pistons): Bryce McGowens (Nebraska, SG, freshman)

34. Oklahoma City Thunder: Trevor Keels (Duke, SG/SF, Freshman)

35. Orlando Magic (via Pacers): Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Milwaukee, PF, freshman)

36. Portland Trail Blazers: Christian Koloko (Arizona, C, Junior)

37. Kings of Sacramento: Kendall Brown (Baylor, SF, freshman)

38. San Antonio Spurs (via Lakers): Jaylin Williams (Arkansas, PF, sophomore)

39. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Spurs): David Roddy (Colorado State, PF, Junior)

40. Minnesota Timberwolves (via Wizards): Ryan Rollins (Toledo, PG/SG, Sophomore)

41. New Orleans Pelicans: Max Christie (Michigan State, SG/SF, Freshman)

42. New York Knicks: Justin Lewis (Marquette, SF, redshirt freshman)

43. Los Angeles Clippers: Jean Montero (Elite Overtime, PG, 2003)

44. Atlanta Hawks: Josh Minott (Memphis, SF/PF, freshman)

45. Charlotte Hornets: JD Davison (Alabama, PG, freshman)

Braun, Nembhard in 1st round Mix

Braun appears to be on the first-round fence. Scouts see a pro, even if there is no visible path up. In the 20s, it will come down to a team’s willingness to just add a rotational player rather than swing bigger.

He helped himself to the combine, where he continued to strengthen his case as a winger who can make plays for his teammates on ball screens. It’s worth watching how the early years of his career go if he lands with a playoff team rather than a rebuilding team like the Oklahoma City Thunder.

There is plenty of evidence that teams take stock of combined scrums. Nembhard’s performance of 26 points and 11 assists in Chicago caught everyone’s attention given the freedom he had from the role of facilitator he played for Gonzaga. He’s generating buzz as an option in the 20s. Playoff teams could see an NBA-ready backup they can trust to run the offense and make good decisions and enough open shots.

Players slip

Rising prospects mean others must fall. Brown, Baldwin and Montero appear to be the most vulnerable among the players expected to be selected in the first round.

Brown’s lack of offense grew more alarming as the season progressed, and his defense didn’t seem strong enough to make up for his lack of creation and poor shooting. His speed and quickness test results in Chicago were disappointing.

Baldwin is making scouts nervous about his brutally ineffective season, historically low vertical numbers and seemingly laid-back approach.

The comments about Montero are mostly about the Scouts wanting to see more and hear more positive things from the overtime staff.

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