2024 NBA Mock Draft: Grizzlies add key piece in lottery, Pistons get future star

The Grizzlies select a high-upside forward in this mock draft.
2024 NBA Draft, Alex Sarr
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14. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Rockets) snag Kevin McCullar Jr.

NBA teams are always searching for more wing depth, especially versatile options that can guard multiple positions. Having another 6’6 floor spacer capable of defending at the point of attack is something every contender wants.

McCullar Jr. played three seasons at Texas Tech before transferring to Kansas in 2022. He is taking advantage of his fifth year and showcasing a massive leap. The 22-year-old is averaging 19.8 points, 4.5 assists, 6.7 rebounds, and 1.5 steals in 34.7 minutes per game over his first 15 contests. His 3-point shooting has taken a massive leap to 38.1 percent.

Fans should not expect McCullar Jr. to see that type of offensive role in the NBA, but it is a positive that he has been successful in expanding his game. He will be more of a 3-and-D wing at the next level. There are questions about his jumper after shooting 29.8 percent from 3-point range in his first four NCAA seasons combined, but the volume and shot mechanic tweaks make the breakout seem real.

The Thunder are ready to contend and could add someone ready to jump into their rotation immediately. Kevin McCullar Jr. could be a key role on a deep roster. Oklahoma City shoots for Stephon Castle’s upside and safety from McCullar with their two lottery selections in this mock draft.