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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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Sharife Cooper - Auburn v Arkansas / Wesley Hitt/Getty Images

125. . Point Guard. Auburn. Sharife Cooper. player. . 20

Seeing that the Knicks selected Miles McBride with their previous pick, I think the Atlanta Hawks will be ecstatic to select Auburn's Sharife Cooper with the 20th overall pick.

With this pick, I'm fairly confident that the team will be looking for the best available player, but up to this point, many high-upside players have already been taken. While there are certainly some questions about Cooper's shooting and defense, he has enough skill elsewhere to make the pick worth the possible downside.

As a freshman at Auburn, Cooper averaged 20.2 points, a ridiculous 8.1 assists, and a surprisingly good 4.3 rebounds per game. He was also able to make his way to the free-throw line nearly nine times per game and made about 83% of his shots from the line. This is a very promising sign that he can make some serious improvements to his jump shot after tweaking his mechanics a bit.

On the offensive end of the floor, Cooper simply has gobs of upside. Other than his shooting, in the ways I described, I think he's actually quite comparable to Trae Young. With Lou Williams' future on the Hawks being pretty uncertain at this point, I think selecting Cooper would be the best-case scenario for the team.

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