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

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Wing. Kessler Edwards. 28. player. 93. . . Pepperdine

With the 28th overall pick in the draft, the Philadelphia 76ers select Pepperdine's Kessler Edwards.

If the Sixers have any intention of keeping Ben Simmons on the team past this offseason, they need to continue to place shooters around him. While there are potentially other shooters that the team could still choose from including Quentin Grimes, Nah'Shon Hyland, and Isaiah Livers, Edwards has the most defensive versatility of the three and would make the most sense in the Sixers' system.

Since Edwards played three full seasons for Pepperdine, he also brings a good amount of NBA readiness to the team that they would value. In his three years with the team, he's a career 40% three-point shooter on over four attempts per game each year. The sheer volume of shots he took does not lie and I'm very confident in his shooting translating to the NBA.

Edwards is also a phenomenal defender and a particularly good shot-blocker for his position. He has the size, length, and athleticism to reasonably defend the 1-4 in the NBA.

Despite an underwhelming performance in his NBA Combine scrimmages, this is yet another player that I think could be a good fit for the Spurs if they were to acquire a late first-round pick. While his unorthodox jumper may worry some people, he knows how to find space on the perimeter and the numbers indicate that he should be able to shoot it consistently well. If he's able to improve his rudimentary ball-handling skills, he could turn out to be one of the steals of the draft.