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Johnny Davis, 2022 NBA Mock Draft
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Wisconsin. Combo Guard. Johnny Davis. 11. 27. . player.

If Johnny Davis entered the league in the mid-90s, he’d be a no-brainer top 10 pick. Unfortunately, that’s not the basketball era we live in today, and some of his best talents aren’t the ones scouts and GMs prioritize anymore. Still, the combo guard is a gifted scoring option who slays in the mid-range and finishes at the basket through a union of strength and finesse.

Davis is the type of player who will score no matter the context surrounding him. Whether he’s the first, fifth, or last scoring option, he’s adept at reading the defense and exposing gaps to generate shot opportunities. This should be an interesting wrinkle for a New York Knicks team that hasn’t quite uncovered its offensive identity.

Still, Tom Thibodeau’s Knicks know who they want to be on defense—even if they couldn’t replicate their success from the prior season. Davis melds with New York's culture because of the intensity he applies to that side of the game. The Wisconsin native pushes himself to compete against ball-handlers by fighting through screens and disrupting plays with active hands and agile feet. 

Court vision isn’t one of his specialties, but Davis is a willing passer who performs with a winning spirit and competitive demeanor. He’d pair nicely with Immanuel Quickly in the Knicks' backcourt as the team reestablishes its essence. Last season's crash back to Earth was tough to swallow for Knicks fans, but after enduring hardships, this group of emerging players is ripe to compete.

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