NBA Draft: Mock 3.0 – NY Knicks load up on offense

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F. Memphis Grizzlies. Jalen Johnson. 17. player. 211.

2021 NBA Draft Mock 3.0: Memphis Grizzlies select Jalen Johnson

Memphis is ready to move on up in the Western Conference.

With such a solid roster in place, the Grizzlies can go in many different directions with the 17th pick.

I think Memphis ideally wants to get a boost from their wings, particularly on offense. Jalen Johnson has the ceiling to be a big-time scorer in the league.

At 6’9 220 lbs, Johnson is going to be eager to show that he belongs in the NBA after appearing in just 13 games in his collegiate career.

Johnson was a highly touted recruit and is worth the gamble for Memphis. He can bring scoring elements to the Grizzlies’ offense that Dillon Brooks and Kyle Anderson cannot.

If Johnson can scratch his ceiling and grow into a full-time starter alongside Ja Morant and Jaren Jackson Jr., watch out.

Oklahoma City Thunder. Cameron Thomas. 18. player. 149. . G

2021 NBA Draft Mock 3.0: Oklahoma City Thunder select Cameron Thomas

Outside of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, the Oklahoma City Thunder don’t have many bucket-getters.

Enter Cam Thomas.

LSU’s Cameron Thomas may be a bit of an underrated prospect because of his lack of point guard skills and projection to be the “lead guard”. Almost a throwback type of scorer, Thomas knows how to create his own shot. Think of a guard in the Lou Williams, Collin Sexton, Jamal Crawford mold.

He’s just 19-years-old but Thomas has solid size for a guard at 6’4, 210lbs. His shooting numbers across the board were phenomenal – he shot 41.7% from 3 on 208 attempts.

At the very least, he can be an effective shooter at the next level that can be placed off-ball as a spot-up shooter.