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

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Wisconsin. . Johnny Davis. 8. . . player. 69

If the New Orleans Pelicans’ front office is on the clock and both Dyson Daniels and Johnny Davis are still up for grabs, then the draft should already be seen as a success in their eyes. In this scenario, I have them opting for Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis. While Daniels’ fit in New Orleans may be slightly more ideal, allowing Davis to fall on the board much further than this could be seen as a big mistake in retrospect. 

By selecting Davis, the Pelicans would be adding another suffocating perimeter defender that can be played alongside Herb Jones, but he's also a player that can get tough buckets on the other end of the floor. Davis is very effective at getting to the free-throw line, is underrated both as a passer and distance shooter, and will have the opportunity to study under CJ McCollum. On a team that could already turn out to be very good next season, this would be a great developmental situation for Davis. 

While I think Johnny Davis is the best player available at this spot and would be the best pick for the Pelicans, Dyson Daniels is another very realistic possibility at this spot if the team has lost hope in Kira Lewis Jr. I think this is also around where teams will begin to consider Jaden Hardy as a possibility. In this scenario, though, I think the Pelicans would be smart to go with a player that has little to prove in the way of talent, and at this point, Davis has the least to prove.