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

Jalen Suggs, Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga
Jalen Suggs, Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga / Jamie Squire/Getty Images
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Jared Butler - Baylor v Gonzaga / Jamie Squire/Getty Images

Combo Guard. Jared Butler. 14. player. . Baylor. 41.

With the 14th overall pick, I have the Golden State Warriors selecting Baylor's Jared Butler.

Other than Franz Wagner, the two names I've seen mocked to the Warriors most often recently are Butler's teammate, Davion Mitchell, along with Gonzaga's Corey Kispert. Given that the Warriors are in win-now mode, these two names make quite a bit of sense, but I think that even the 14th overall pick would be a bit of a reach for both of them.

It's quite clear that the Warriors will be looking for more floor spacing, but I don't think they necessarily want to compromise on guard skills. In this way, I see Butler as a perfect blend between Kispert and Mitchell.

While he isn't quite as shifty of a defender as Mitchell, he is still very capable of defending on the perimeter. Because the Warriors selected Wagner with the seventh overall pick, though, he should automatically make up for any defensive shortcomings that Butler may cause, particularly in the paint.

That being said, Butler is every bit as good of a shooter as Kispert and brings tons of playmaking upside, which will take a lot of pressure off Steph Curry. It's also worth noting that both Mitchell and Kispert will be coming into the league at 22 years old, While Butler will only be 20. While many may not be expecting for him to be taken in the draft before his teammate, I would not be surprised one bit to see the Warriors reach for Butler.

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