NBA Mock Draft: LaMelo Ball headlines a class of unknown prospects

NBA Draft prospect Lamelo Ball (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)
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21. Denver Nuggets (via Houston) – Isaiah Stewart, F, Washington

The Denver Nuggets are one of the best and deepest teams in the Western Conference but if there’s one weakness on the team’s depth chart, it comes in the frontcourt. While Nikola Jokic has been a consistent staple over the last few seasons, and the emergence this season of Michael Porter Jr. has been encouraging, the team could use some added depth at the power forward season.

Isaiah Stewart could be a candidate to fill the void. During his freshman season at Washington, Stewart averaged 17 points, nine rebounds, and two blocks per game. In the right system and in the right development system, there’s no question Stewart could be a hidden gem at this point in the draft.

22. Philadelphia 76ers (via Oklahoma City) – Aaron Nesmith, F, Vanderbilt

The Philadelphia 76ers need shooting and there’s no really anyone that would deny that. So, it makes sense that the team would search for it in the draft. At this point in the draft, Aaron Nesmith could be a steal. During his sophomore season at Vandy, Nesmith averaged 23 points and five rebounds on 52 percent from 3-point range on an outlandish eight deep attempts per contest.