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ATH NBA Mock Draft: Picks 22-24

A couple upperclassmen and a shooter go as we reach the late stages of the first round.

NCAA Basketball: Wyoming at Boise State Brian Losness-USA TODAY Sports

The first round is winding down as we approach the actual NBA Draft. The Bulls and a couple playoff teams look to add some immediate help.

Picks 1 - 3

Picks 4 - 6

Picks 7 - 9

Picks 10 - 12

Picks 13 - 15

Picks 16 - 18

Picks 19 - 21

22. Chicago Bulls (From New Orleans Pelicans): Chandler Hutchison

Dylan Jackson - It’s been rumored that Chandler Hutchison has a draft promise from a team picking in the 20s and it’s possible the Bulls are that team. The Bulls look to add a solid piece to a very young core and Hutchison brings scoring ability along with defensive upside.

Hutchison averaged 20 points, eight rebounds, and four assists for Boise State in an impressive senior season. If developed correctly, he could be a great two-way player moving forward. The one major concern with Hutchison is his age. He turned 22 last spring and was a senior in college.

23. Indiana Pacers: Kevin Huerter

Dylan Jackson - Bojan Bogdanovic has a team option in his contract worth more than $10 million this offseason. If the Pacers want to free up more cap space, they may decline his option. That said, Kevin Huerter may be his replacement if Indiana decides to go that route.

Huerter has drawn many comparisons to Klay Thompson for his offensive game and defensive versatility. With Indiana’s developmental-minded staff, he would be an amazing selection for the Pacers, should he be there on draft night.

24. Portland Trail Blazers: Jacob Evans

Laieke Abebe - Jacob Evans, the small forward from Cincinnati, is another one of the prototypical NBA wings in this years draft class. With the Bearcats, Evans was arguably the teams best defensive player and he displayed a high I.Q. on both ends of the floor. In his junior season, he averaged 13 points, 4.7 rebounds, 3.1 assists, 1.3 steals, and 1 block per game while shooting 37 percent from three. At his best, he was a stalwart for a Cincinnati team that won the 2018 American Athletic Conference championship.

While he’s capable of being a solid 3&D player at the next level, his consistency has been called into question a few times. In addition to that, he isn’t elite at one specific aspect of the game. Instead, he is solid at just about everything. Despite that and his passiveness on the offensive end at times, he is still a smart basketball player and the Trail Blazers first pick has to be a wing player that can help with the scoring load that Damian Lillard and C.J. McCollum. Evans can be that guy if he is consistent and continues to display his smart decision making in the NBA.