Surprises sneak into the Top 10

2022 NBA Mock Draft

UW-Milwaukee. . 100. . . Patrick Baldwin Jr.. 19. player

The Indiana Pacers are back on the podium after selecting Keegan Murray fifth overall, and with the 19th overall pick, they select Patrick Baldwin Jr.

When I noticed the Pacers were comfortable making a safer choice with their lottery pick, that’s precisely why. Assuming their second 1st round pick stays between their late teens and early twenties, I expect the Pacers to have a few options to choose from that are considered “highly positive” picks despite a year down and/or another year in college.

Chances are a team will take a flyer on Patrick Baldwin Jr. earlier in the draft, but given the tumultuous season he had with his dad in Milwaukee, there’s just as much of a chance that he makes a big slip. Baldwin was considered a consensus high lottery pick at the start of the season and was announced as a Klay Thompson type shooter at 6’10”, but ultimately ended his own season early after a poor performance in just about nearly all departments.

To be fair to Baldwin, he was in a really bad spot in Milwaukee on a team that was completely lacking in NBA talent (let alone top NCAA talent) and Synergy stats suggest he had very few open shot attempts during his season. While his defence, drive and maybe even his attitude will be a concern at the next level, if he can exploit his attacking potential that he showed in his FIBA ​​U19 games, he could be a very good choice. , although risky. at the end of the first round.

A few other names the Pacers might be interested in with this pick are Jaden Hardy, Malakai Branham, Bryce McGowens, Max Christie and Blake Wesley.

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