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2022 NBA Mock Draft 4.0: Dust settles on an unpredictable class

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. EJ Liddell. 19. player. 86. . Ohio State.

Right around this point in the draft is when team need and situation could begin to play a much larger role in who comes off the board and that is true with this pick. While there are some higher-upside plays still on the draft board, I have the Minnesota Timberwolves selecting Malaki Branham's teammate E.J. Liddell.  

The Timberwolves tend to look really good or really bad on the floor without much of a middle ground. When their offense—particularly Karl-Anthony Towns and Anthony Edwards—are firing on all cylinders, they can be difficult to stop. But the team’s lack of polish on the defensive end (and some questionable coaching moments) make for some wild swings and disappointing losses. E.J. Liddell is a high-feel prospect and was one of the best shot blockers in college basketball for his size. He grabs lots of rebounds, can space the floor, and has some flashes of impressive playmaking. 

If the Timberwolves are looking for a high-end role player in the draft, it won’t get much better for them than Liddell. Their likely next best option beyond him at this point would be to explore the market for a team willing to trade down. If the Timberwolves would be willing to part with D’Angelo Russell, this could be a team that makes a big move on draft night.