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

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22. player. 20. . . Davion Mitchell. Combo Guard. Baylor

I have consistently seen Davion Mitchell mocked in the top half of the first round of the draft for months now, with some mocks even placing him in the top ten. I have him falling very far in this mock draft, but at the 22nd overall pick, this should be a no-brainer for the Los Angeles Lakers.

Many have touted Mitchell as one of the best guards in this draft, and I don't necessarily disagree with that assessment, but there are a couple of red flags that are difficult to ignore. Specifically, he is a career 66% free-throw shooter and his efficiency has gotten worse every season in college. Simultaneously, he averaged 29% and 32% from three in his first two years of college only for that percentage to drastically improve this past season, as he shot 45% from beyond the arc.

In terms of shooting projection, that is about as big of a red flag as red flags can get. To be truly worthy of a top 15 pick in this draft, there should not be any doubt around his shooting, and I can't confidently say that the shooting numbers he put up last year will translate.

That being said, the Lakers will be in win-now mode for the foreseeable future and desperately need guard depth. Mitchell is a fantastic on-ball defender, is a strong finisher around the rim, and he's lightning fast. To be clear, if his shooting does translate to the next level, he will be one of the best guards in the draft. While that's a big "if," it would be a good gamble for the Lakers as, regardless of his shooting, his defense and playmaking ability will be helpful to the team.