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

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TyTy Washington, 2022 NBA Mock Draft
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. Kentucky. Point Guard. . TyTy Washington. 17. player. 169

Though it seems Houston has its starting guard tandem of the future, the group still needs a floor general to set the table for his teammates. That would be TyTy Washington, a 6-foot-3 Wildcat whose shifty dribbling and high-intensity style inject life into his team. A versatile passer who sees the floor clearly, Washington is the type of guard who prioritizes his teammates’ strengths and mitigates their weaknesses.

Washington is a swift decisionmaker who isn’t afraid to take the ball up against big-time defenders. He enjoys attacking the basket and showing off his acrobatic creativity to finish around contact. At times, he’s known to punch an inspiring dunk or maneuver through the trees to finish difficult shots at the rim.

However, Washington also knows how to leverage his own momentum into a smooth pass for his teammates. He’ll often catch defenders off guard by tossing a lob that looks like a floater or vice-versa. His handle is fearless, using a wide array of dribbles and hesitation moves to alter the flow of a possession.

He may not be a lights-out shooter at this point, but Washington’s jumper is respectable when coupled with the awareness of when he should and shouldn’t be pulling. However, if that jumper comes to fruition, it’s going to be dangerous for his competition. His draft stock has fluctuated quite a bit compared with the rest of the class, but when his time comes, Washington will be one of the top guards off the board.

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