The 2022 NBA Draft incorporates a star-studded class with 4 respectable choices to go No. 1 total on the prime of the board. The Orlando Magic are on the clock with the primary choose, adopted by the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Detroit Pistons to spherical out the highest 5.
SB Nation has been protecting this draft class all 12 months, and now we’ll lastly know who’s going the place as draft evening arrives.
Auburn ahead Jabari Smith Jr., Gonzaga large man Chet Holmgren, and Duke ahead Paolo Banchero offers this draft three gamers standing at the very least 6’10 with distinct ability units on the prime of the category. Smith is the very best shooter, Holmgren is the very best defender, and Banchero is the very best passer and shot creator. There’s additionally Jaden Ivey, the 6’4 Purdue guard who is likely to be the very best pure athlete accessible.
We’ll be retaining you up to date with each choose, in addition to hyperlinks to the entire nice protection across the SB Nation communities beneath the desk. As a reminder, there are solely 58 picks within the draft this 12 months as a substitute of the traditional 60 complete, because the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Warmth each misplaced their second-round picks as a part of their respective punishments for tampering fees handed down by the league.
NBA Draft 2022 tracker: Each choose on this 12 months’s draft
|1||Orlando Magic||Paolo Banchero||Duke||Ahead||Freshman|
|2||Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder||Chet Holmgren||Gonzaga||Ahead/Huge||Freshman|
|3||Houston Rockets||Jabari Smith Jr.||Auburn||Ahead/Huge||Freshman|
|4||Sacramento Kings||Keegan Murray||Iowa||Ahead||Sophomore|
|5||Detroit Pistons||Jaden Ivey||Purdue||Guard||Sophomore|
|6||Indiana Pacers||Bennedict Mathurin||Arizona||Guard||Sophomore|
|7||Portland Path Blazers||Shaedon Sharpe||Kentucky||Guard||Freshman|
|8||New Orleans Pelicans||Dyson Daniels||G League||Wing||Born 2003|
|9||San Antonio Spurs||Jeremy Sochan||Baylor||Ahead||Freshman|
|10||Washington Wizards||Johnny Davis||Wisconsin||Guard||Sophomore|
|11||Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder||Ousmane Dieng||France||Ahead||Born 2003|
|12||Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder|
|20||San Antonio Spurs|
|25||San Antonio Spurs (through Celtics)|
|28||Golden State Warriors|
|34||Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder|
|35||Los Angeles Lakers|
|38||San Antonio Spurs|
|41||New Orleans Pelicans|
|42||New York Knicks|
|46||Portland Path Blazers|
|51||Golden State Warriors|
|52||New Orleans Pelicans|
|55||Golden State Warriors|
|57||Portland Path Blazers|
We’ll be linking out to SB Nation’s crew website protection beneath because the draft strikes alongside.
1. Orlando Magic – Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
By selecting the 6-10 ahead out of Duke, the Magic received arguably the highest offensive prospect of the three gamers who have been presumed to be in competition for the highest total choose, doubtlessly giving the Magic a sorely-needed creator.
Banchero possess superior ball-handling and playmaking expertise for a giant, displaying a capability to create that Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren didn’t constantly present on the collegiate degree. That ought to assist a Magic crew that was among the many worst groups within the league in lots of key offensive classes final season. — Mike Cali, Orlando Pinstriped Put up
2. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder – Chet Holmgren, F, Gonzaga
Holmgren was our No. 2 prospect within the class, and seems like a fantastic match for the Thunder’s long-term rebuild. Oklahoma Metropolis already has two gifted younger guards who can create beauty for others however have shaky exterior photographs in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey. Holmgren offers them a entrance courtroom participant with excessive size (7’6 wingspan), the flexibility to house the ground to three-point vary on offense, and unbelievable shot-blocking expertise on protection. He was one of the crucial productive gamers within the nation as a freshman at Gonzaga, and has basically aced each take a look at he’s confronted since first rising as a prime prospect in the highschool ranks. It’s simple to query Holmgren’s translation due to his skinny body, however his instruments, statistical output, and relentless motor makes him a straightforward participant to wager on. The Thunder received a great one. — Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation
3. Houston Rockets – Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn
This was an surprising situation for the Rockets, however a great one, for my part, as I really feel Smith was the clear greatest participant within the draft. He has elite taking pictures and elite protection and ought to be a complement to Jalen Inexperienced and if he reaches his ceiling, will likely be all the things the Rockets had hoped Christian Wooden can be.
That is an absolute win for the Rockets so far as I’m involved, as Smith is the type of man who can slot in nearly wherever, particularly a crew just like the Rockets who want the entire expertise that Smith brings to the desk. — Darren Yuvan, The Dream Shake
4. Sacramento Kings – Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
Murray is an efficient match alongside Domantas Sabonis within the frontcourt, along with his taking pictures and protection, two expertise Sacramento lacks roster-wide.
The largest query with this choose is whether or not Sacramento drafted based mostly on want reasonably than total expertise. Most draft prognosticators had Jaden Ivey out of Purdue as one of many top-four gamers on this class, with Murray on the surface trying in. Murray has typically been thought of one of the crucial “NBA-ready” prospects within the draft, which possible factored into Sacramento’s calculus with this choose… It’s clear that almost all of NBA Draft media disagree with the choose, however solely time will inform if this was the right choice. — Leo Tochterman, Sactown Royalty
5. Detroit Pistons – Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
With Ivey the Pistons are additionally including one thing they’ve lacked for practically a decade, which is a participant that will get to the rim and the free-throw line with ease. Ivey averaged 7.3 free throws per 40 minutes final season and had each 200 shot makes an attempt on the rim and over 200 free throws.
Whereas Ivey is 6-foot-4, he’s not a pure level guard however is ready to take a few of the creation and ball-handling duties off of Cunningham shoulders as a succesful secondary playmaker and self-creator. — Sean Corp, Detroit Dangerous Boys
6. Indiana Pacers – Benedict Mathurin, G, Arizona
Mathurin steps in following his sophomore 12 months with the Wildcats, scoring 17.7 factors per sport, averaging 5.6 rebounds. Being linked so lengthy within the draft course of with the Pacers, Caitlin Cooper and Mark Schlindler introduced a fantastic breakdown to Indy Cornrows simply days after the Lottery.
One factor the Pacers need to get with Mathurin is his shot-making means. Although he shot 45% from the sector and 37% from three, he excelled in contested makes an attempt however did wrestle with isolation. Mathurin did have a profitable March, scoring 27 factors within the Pac-12 Championship and 30 in an extra time thriller towards TCU to information Arizona to the Candy 16 within the NCAA Match. — Nathan S., Indy Cornrows
7. Portland Path Blazers – Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky
Sharpe burst into the highlight along with his multi-faceted offensive sport within the 2021 EYBL classes. On the perimeter, Sharpe has the framework and athleticism of a contemporary first choice. He creates house with ease off the dribble and round screens. Sharpe has a easy, rise-and-fire shot type from past the arc. His mechanics ought to permit him to create for himself from all three ranges as soon as he develops. Contained in the arc, Sharpe is a superb finisher. He can full highlight-worthy dunks and defend the ball from defenders with nifty layups… Sharpe has the body and ball expertise to blossom right into a dominant drive on the NBA degree. He might additionally flame out towards more durable competitors on the subsequent degree. When you think about these two potential outcomes, it’s clear that Sharpe has a chasm between his flooring and ceiling. — Steve DeWald, Blazer’s Edge
8. New Orleans Pelicans – Dyson Daniels, Wing, G League
For a crew with CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram and Zion Williamson as apparent focal offensive stars, with Jonas Valanciunas and Trey Murphy in help, there’s going to be a necessity for extra connectors who do nearly all the things else on the courtroom than rating in quantity. Herb Jones and Jose Alvarado are improbable, however the Pelicans want extra gamers of this ilk. Daniels matches this mould, with the expertise and dimension to develop into one thing extra down the street.
If all the things goes proper, he might finally turn out to be what the Pelicans have been in all probability hoping that Lonzo Ball would grow to be: a giant guard who can rating at each degree, contain teammates, particularly in transition, and defend nearly anybody on the courtroom. — Oleh Kosel, The Hen Writes
9. San Antonio Spurs – Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor
Sochan is the very best defensive ahead within the class. At 6’9 with a 7-foot wingspan, Sochan is an extremely disciplined defender who can wall off driving lanes, contest photographs, and use his energetic fingers to drive takeaways. Sochan additionally has some ability with the ball in his fingers, exhibiting the flexibility to deal with the rock and make simple passing reads. The massive query in his sport is his taking pictures means, each from three-point vary and the free throw line. If Sochan can turn out to be a league common shooter, he’s going to be a fantastic choose for the Spurs. We’re not tremendous optimistic on his offensive impression, however he’s so versatile defensively that he’ll probably discover a approach to succeed both means. — Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation