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2022 NBA Mock Draft 3.0: Pre-lottery look at every team's best option

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Mark Williams, 2022 NBA Mock Draft
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Mark Williams. 15. player. 170. . . Center. Duke

The Hornets swung on upside with their first pick in this round, but with the second, it’s time to finally get a legitimate center prospect in the building. You can only string together Mason Plumlees, Cody Zellers, and Montrezl Harrells for so long—it’s time to bring on a big man who can grow with LaMelo Ball and put in work at the rim.

That’s where Mark Williams enters the equation. He’s a no-nonsense center whose top priorities are to contest virtually every shot near one rim and dunk on the other. A legit seven-footer, Williams has shown an aptitude for detonating on the basket when tossed a well-placed pass or fresh off an offensive rebound. Boxouts are plentiful in Williams’ paint as he times his jumps well to corral boards on both sides of the floor. 

He’s also unafraid to dish the ball off to cutters when attention is drawn his way. It’s one small example of the larger appeal that comes with Williams—he’s a high-IQ player who doesn’t solely rely on his athletic feats to influence the flow of the game. Charlotte won’t benefit from forcing him to shoot jumpers, although he made a high percentage of his very limited attempts and hit a decent number of free throws too.

Williams makes for a seamless fit on a Hornets team vying to break through the glass ceiling of the Play-In Tournament.

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