2022 NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Surprises Sneak Into Top 10

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Wendell Moore Jr. - North Carolina v Duke / Jared C. Tilton/GettyImages

Wendell Moore Jr.. 25. 147. . . Duke. . player

The Brooklyn Nets are next up at the podium for pick #25, and with that pick, they select another Duke Blue Devil in Wendell Moore Jr.

It’s a bit difficult to figure out what the Nets will do in the upcoming draft, let alone decide whether they’ll keep their pick in the first place. In this case, I have them selecting a player that has a balanced game on both ends of the floor and can contribute immediately in Moore. 

He doesn’t strike me as a player that has a single elite skill that he can hang his hat on, but he’s added to his game every season in his three years at Duke and has become a valuable glue guy for the team. He averages 13.1 points, 5.5 rebounds, 4.6 assists, and 1.5 steals per game and has 51/41/76 shooting splits, and should be able to at least come in and play some minutes as an okay-sized 3-and-D wing that can guard two or three positions.

I think there’s a good chance the Nets look at a similarly experienced college player like Alondes Williams, but ultimately, I think Moore’s efficiency on offense and overall versatility will make him a slightly better plug-and-play candidate for them even if this pick is a bit of a reach.