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

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Christian Koloko, 2022 NBA Mock Draft
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Center. 28. player. 41. . . Arizona. Christian Koloko

One of the elite shot blockers of his class, Koloko is a lean big man who’s still learning his basketball fundamentals. Despite being a late bloomer, Koloko understands how to fill his role within a team context. His third collegiate season was a breakthrough as he bloomed in a key role for one of the nation’s best programs. Being drafted by Golden State, Koloko benefits from joining an organization where his role would be clearly outlined and established over years of development.

A solid finisher who operates nicely as a screener and roller, Koloko can seal off defenders when generating layups or baby hooks. His limited jump shot attempts were encouraging and his free throw shooting has vastly improved over the years in Tucson. With a consistent shooting form and moldable qualities, there’s a chance Koloko will develop 3-point range.

For the Warriors, Koloko would make sense as Kevon Looney insurance. The Cameroonian big man is agile for his size and capable of making useful reads to hit teammates for outside jumpers. He can rotate within 10 feet of the basket to alter shots and provide a boost for perimeter defenders who are drawn near the paint.

At times, Koloko can be outmatched and outhustled by other competitors on the glass. But when engaged with a high effort level and consistent role, Koloko can leave a lasting impact in the minutes he logs. 

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