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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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James Bouknight - Maryland v UConn / Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

James Bouknight. player. 149. Shooting Guard. UConn. . . 6

I think Oklahoma City's sixth overall pick is where some big shake-ups could begin in this year's draft. Numerous mock drafts from major media outlets have assumed that the Thunder would select Jonathan Kuminga with this pick, but I'm not completely convinced of that. Rather, with the sixth overall pick, I have the Thunder selecting UConn's James Bouknight.

Kuminga is certainly a pick that would make sense for the team, especially since Sam Presti seems to really like athletic wing players like him. But I think there's a chance that the Thunder will gamble on a shooting guard to put next to Shai Gilgeous-Alexander to cement their long-term backcourt duo.

Before the NBA Draft Combine last month, there seemed to be some concern surrounding Bouknight's jump shot, particularly from three. According to ESPN's Jonathan Givony, though, he put on an incredible display at the combine and supposedly "shot the cover off the ball." Bouknight is quite athletic and already had a ton of scoring upside even without a consistent three-point jumper. Even well before the end of the NCAA season, he was being compared to the likes of Donovan Mitchell, Devin Booker, and Zach Lavine.

Because Bouknight's jump shot is one of his swing factors, if it's true that his jumper is now as good as some make it out to be, his draft stock could rise dramatically. If he can tap his potential, seeing him pair up with Gilgeous-Alexander could mean seeing the league's next superstar backcourt form before our very eyes.

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