NBA Draft 2022: Why Jay Bilas loves Warriors ‘sleeper’ Ryan Rollins

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ESPN’s Bilas raves about Warriors second-round pick, Rollins originally appeared on NBC Sports Bayarea

The Warriors liked Toledo guard Ryan Rollins enough to trade seven spots to ensure they could draft him with the 44th pick in the second round of the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday.

ESPN analyst Jay Bilas co-signed the decision.

“I love that pick,” Bilas said on the show immediately after Rollins was selected.

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Bilas called Rollins – who is 6ft 4in with a wingspan of 6ft 10in – a “skilled combo guard who I think is a sleeper in this second round.”

“Height. Length. Handles it. And a great pick-and-roll scorer,” Bilas said of Rollins. bounces off his position. And he’s a very active defender. He’s a great pick in the second round.

The Warriors traded the No. 51 pick and $2 million in cash to the Atlanta Hawks to move to No. 44.

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Rollins averaged 18.9 points, 6.0 rebounds and 3.6 assists per game in his second season at Toledo. This followed a freshman campaign where he won the MAC Rookie of the Year award.

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Rollins joins Patrick Baldwin Jr. (#28) and Gui Santos (#55) as the Warriors’ three draft picks. While Santos is likely to be tucked away overseas, Rollins and Baldwin Jr. will try to grow as rookies on the defending champions.

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Neither will see much game time right away.

But their potential seems sky-high, and having college basketball pundits like Bilas rave about Rollins’ selection can only make Warriors fans salivate for the future.

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