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

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Blake Wesley, 2022 NBA Mock Draft
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. Notre Dame. Wing. Blake Wesley. 18. player. 24.

Entering the league, Blake Wesley is a shifty crossover artist whose tempo and ball-control make for a dangerous combination. At 6-foot-5, Wesley is amongst the most smooth and silky ball-handlers in his class. Between his dynamic side-to-side dribbling and a buttery pull-up jumper, Wesley has a ton of potential to pop as a microwave scorer.

He’s an extremely creative player whose phenomenal body control is used to create separation in unusual ways. Wesley has sharp footwork that enables him to exploit his defender’s positioning and generate wiggle room to get his shot off. Because of that isolation scoring upside and one-on-one aptitude, he’d make an excellent understudy to Chicago’s star, DeMar DeRozan.

It’s easy to picture him coming off the bench as a spark plug alongside Ayo Dosunmu—a gritty defender with great instincts and a will to win. Wesley and Dosunmu make for a solid guard tandem using long wingspans and tenacious effort to stick with perimeter players. In particular, Wesley’s long reach and lateral quickness allow him to defend positions one through three quite effectively.

Wesley’s shooting consistency wasn’t up to par at Notre Dame, but his form is workable. It helps that he nailed catch-and-shoot 3-pointers at an above-average rate. His preference is to drain jumpers, but that doesn’t mean he’s unwilling to drive. Just don’t expect many fouls to be drawn as Wesley showed a fondness for maneuvering through contact instead of embracing it. Chicago’s bench play wasn’t very consistent last season, so adding a new dimension to the second unit should benefit everyone involved.

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