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Mock Draft 2.0: Final mock before Thursday's 2021 NBA Draft

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. 10. player. Moses Moody. 69. . Wing. Arkansas

To be totally upfront, I'm not sure what the New Orleans Pelicans do with this pick. The organization was clearly unhappy about not finding any lottery luck, and they're in a precarious position now that rumors of Zion Williamson being unhappy are floating around.

Several mocks have had the Pelicans selecting Corey Kispert with their 10th overall pick due to the team's lack of shooting, but I think that could be a tremendous miscalculation on their part given the uncertainty around a few players on their roster. While I can easily envision this pick being moved in a trade, for now, I have the Pelicans selecting Arkansas' Moses Moody 10th overall.

There's optimism around Moody's three-point shooting, he has the length and athleticism to be a versatile defender, and he'll fit with the timeline of the Pelicans' other young stars, assuming most or all of them stay with the team. While his jumper isn't as impressive as several other prospects at this point, he can certainly catch up with them in due time.

While adding Moody to the roster would likely mean that Brandon Ingram is asked to play the 2 rather than the 3, he's shown that he's capable of doing so. Having a versatile defensive wing could tremendously benefit the Pelicans in the next few years, and outside of Kuminga, Moody would be their best option in the draft.