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

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Auburn. JT Thor. player. 169. . . Power Forward. 24

Keeping with their theme of drafting young players with high upside, with the 24th overall pick in the draft, the Houston Rockets select Auburn's JT Thor.

Standing at a lanky 6'10" with a 7'3" wingspan, Thor is another one of the youngest and highest-upside players going through the draft process. Thor's combination of size, athleticism, and shooting potential is very difficult to come by and, despite still being very raw, is worth a first-round pick.

On the defensive end of the floor, for only being 18, he's very situationally aware and has the tools to be a versatile defender. He has the foot speed to keep up with smaller guards on the perimeter, the verticality to be an effective rim protector, and the quick decision-making that's required in emergency help defense situations.

On offense, Thor still has quite a bit of refining to do. While the mechanics on his jumper mostly look good already, he only shot about 30% from beyond the arc. He has several common issues associated with inexperience, including poor decision-making, frequent turnovers, and coming in underweight. While these issues could take a few years in the league (and weight room) to iron out, having him and Christian Wood on the floor together could be very difficult for other teams to defend if he improves.