2022 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: New Names Enter the Top 30

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player. 89. . . 26. Duke. . Wendell Moore Jr.

With the 26th pick in the draft, the Milwaukee Bucks are finally on the clock and select Duke’s Wendell Moore Jr.

If I’m in the Milwaukee Bucks front office, I’m disappointed that EJ Liddell and Christian Braun are already off the board but think Moore is a perfectly good option at this point in the draft. Moore is likely the best option if the Bucks are looking for a 3-and-D wing late in the first round with all other choices off the board, barring a few unorthodox selections like Gabriele Procida, Justin Lewis, or Vince Williams. 

Moore didn’t ever quite live up to the hype of what he was advertised as coming into his first season with the Blue Devils, but he ended his junior season having produced very consistent numbers. He averaged 13.4 points, 5.3 rebounds, 4.4 assists, and 1.4 steals per game on the season and has 50/41/81 shooting splits and should be able to at least come in and play some minutes as an okay-sized 3-and-D wing that can guard two or three positions.

What I think the Bucks would like most about Moore, though, is that he managed to figure out how to play next to better players at Duke. He will need to come into the league and immediately accompany the likes of Giannis Antetokounmpo, Jrue Holiday, and Khris Middleton and have a good understanding of his role. Being that he’s already done this for a few different Duke teams, this is something the team likely wouldn’t have to worry about.