2022 NBA Mock Draft: Auburn's Jabari Smith is new top pick by Magic, Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren slips to No. 2

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Auburn

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 220 pounds

Projected Team

Orlando

POSSIBILITY RNK

Fourth

POSITION RNK

Second

PPG

16.9

RPG

7.4

APG

2

3P%

42%

Kevin Durant just recently stated on Twitter that “size for position, shot-making, efficiency, IQ” and being a multipositional protector is crucial in figuring out the very best gamer in the NBA. Smith checks almost every box there as a possibility. Great positional size, elite shooter for his position, capable protector and simply scratching the surface area of his All-Star capacity. Both a safe choice by Orlando AND a substantial swing at a future star.

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Gonzaga

• Fr

• 7’0″

/ 195 pounds

PPG

14.1

RPG

9.9

APG

1.9

3P%

39%

I get it, I get it, my fellow Oklahomans: the slim frame is an issue (together with the injury stresses that occurred with it). I simply … do not care! Holmgren is an elite protective possibility due to the fact that of his capability to obstruct shots and impact shots around the rim. He’s likewise a knockdown shooter who at 7-foot can be additive on offense as a developer also. If you focus more on what he can do and less on issues over what-ifs of the slim frame, Holmgren’s plainly a top-two possibility in this class.

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 250 pounds

Projected Team

Houston

POSSIBILITY RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

First

PPG

17.2

RPG

7.8

APG

3.2

3P%

33.8%

Houston gets a future star to contribute to its frontcourt to couple with 2021 No. 2 choice Jalen Green, among the most electrical young guard potential customers in the NBA. Banchero was an All-American in his only season at Duke whose playmaking and total polish on offense at 6-10 can include another amazing vibrant to this young Rockets core.

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Purdue

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 195 pounds

Projected Team

Sacramento

POSSIBILITY RNK

First

POSITION RNK

First

PPG

17.3

RPG

4.9

APG

3.1

3P%

35.8%

Sacramento will be perhaps where the draft might switch on its head. Anyone remains in play here, I’d believe, however if they’re simply taking finest offered skill, Jaden Ivey ought to get approval as an appealing prospective future lead guard with elite athletic capability. He and De’Aaron Fox sharing the backcourt would be must-see television.

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Iowa

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 225 pounds

Projected Team

Detroit

POSSIBILITY RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

23.5

RPG

8.7

APG

1.5

3P%

39.8%

Upside or flooring? If you’re taking a substantial swing, it’s Shaedon Sharpe. If you’re comfy including an actually, truly strong gamer, Murray is the response. He was the very best gamer in the Big Ten last season and among the most vibrant forwards on offense in the sport, striking almost 40% from 3-point variety and balancing 23.5 points per video game. The Cade Cunningham-Keegan Murray would be electrical.

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Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 200 pounds

Projected Team

Indiana

POSSIBILITY RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

Second

Sharpe did not play a video game last season at Kentucky however his prospective as a 6-6 wing with elite athletic capability — he has almost a 50-inch vertical — is factor enough to gamble on him here for the Pacers. The previous No. 1 total hire quickly represents the very best bet-the-house alternative at No. 6 if he’s on the board.

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 222 pounds

Projected Team

Portland

POSSIBILITY RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

First

PPG

10.4

RPG

3.9

APG

1

3P%

44.7%

Portland’s in the middle of something of a restore and it needs restacking the cabinet with skill. In Griffin, they include a gamer who fits the archetype of potential customers they usually long for and they get one who ought to be a constant two-way factor.

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Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 197 pounds

Projected Team

New Orleans

POSSIBILITY RNK

Sixth

POSITION RNK

First

PPG

12.5

RPG

3.5

APG

3.9

3P%

35%

New Orleans ranked 27th last season in the NBA in 3-point shooting portion, something Washington ought to instantly have the ability to fix. He’s not just a knockdown shooter, however the range with which he can consistently make tough shots look not so tough ought to be a game-changer in the NBA. Really like his playmaking prospective also — something that was mainly concealed at Kentucky as he took a larger function off the ball.

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Dyson Daniels


SG

G League Ignite

• 6’6″

/ 175 pounds

Projected Team

San Antonio

POSSIBILITY RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

11.3

RPG

5.9

APG

4.4

3P%

25.5%

Daniels is rising boards and plainly into lotto area after a strong G League Ignite season and a strong pre-draft procedure. He’s an imaginative live-dribble passer with excellent size and unbelievable protective chops as one of the very best on-ball boundary protectors. Still requires to establish his video game, especially as a shooter, however the feel and IQ make me positive in his video game equating.

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Baylor

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 230 pounds

Projected Team

Washington

POSSIBILITY RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

Fourth

PPG

9.2

RPG

6.4

APG

1.8

3P%

29.6%

The raw statistics do not justify the effect Sochan made at Baylor and can possibly make in the NBA. He’s a combination forward who can safeguard numerous positions, plays wing, power forward and center, and has actually playmaking capability to boot. His adaptability has him as a most likely lotto choice months after not even being thought about a certain one-and-doner.

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Arizona

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 210 pounds

Projected Team

New York

POSSIBILITY RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

Fourth

PPG

17.7

RPG

5.6

APG

2.5

3P%

36.9%

New York was 10th in its conference in 3-point shooting portion this season, so Mathurin’s an apparent gap-filler here in a fantastic variety. He shot nearly 37% from the 3-point line as a sophomore with Arizona this season and has a fast, easily-projectable outdoors shot that will make him an important role-player for several years to come.

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Ousmane Dieng


SF

France

• 6’9″

/ 185 pounds

Dieng had a strong near to the NBL season with the New Zealand Breakers, a group from the exact same NBL league that as soon as produced LaMelo Ball. He’s a combination forward with guard abilities. If his outdoors shot begins falling with consistency he might become a borderline star on the wing, the specific kind of possibility OKC ought to be taking swings on in its reconstruct.

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Memphis

• Fr

• 6’11”

/ 250 pounds

Projected Team

Charlotte

POSSIBILITY RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

Second

PPG

12

RPG

8.1

APG

1.3

FG%

59.7%

Charlotte has actually waited patiently in resolving the center area in current drafts, however here, they get a high-flying star in Duren who can safeguard the rim, run the flooring and score it effectively inside the arc. His lob-finishing capability makes him an ideal fit beside LaMelo Ball.

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Wisconsin

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 194 pounds

Projected Team

Cleveland

POSSIBILITY RNK

10th

POSITION RNK

Second

PPG

19.7

RPG

8.2

APG

2.1

3P%

30.6%

This would be a larger slip than anticipated for Davis, among college basketball’s real breakout stars this previous season. He’s perhaps the most sleek possibility from the guard area whose three-level scoring and protective adaptability might quickly thrust him into a huge function upon arrival in the NBA.

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LSU

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 216 pounds

Projected Team

Charlotte

POSSIBILITY RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

16.9

RPG

6.6

APG

1

3P%

35.9%

Eason, a huge combination forward who can area the flooring as a shooter, open the offense as a straight-line chauffeur and truly effect the video game on defense as a do-it-all weapon is a challenging one to determine here. He’s raw and his offense isn’t rather NBA-ready however the physical tools and defense alone might get him into the teenagers of this draft on capacity.

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Duke

• Soph

• 7’0″

/ 242 pounds

Projected Team

Atlanta

POSSIBILITY RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

11.2

RPG

7.4

APG

0.9

FG%

72.1%

Potential insurance coverage for Clint Capela down the roadway for Atlanta. Williams fits a comparable mold as a more modern-day huge who does not area the flooring, and while his jumping capability is no place near to that of Capela’s, he brings huge worth as a rebounder and elite rim-protector.

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Kansas

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 215 pounds

Projected Team

Houston

POSSIBILITY RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

18.8

RPG

5.1

APG

1.6

3P%

40.9%

A year back, Agbaji checked the draft waters and eventually returned to school in a mission to enhance his stock. And, well, objective achieved. As a senior with KU this season he shot above 40% from 3-point variety, accepted his function as the group’s alpha scorer and — oh, by the method — led the Jayhawks to a nationwide title. His NBA-ready body, protective strength and outdoors shooting shriek NBA function gamer, all possibly making him a great fit on a young and amazing Rockets core.

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Jean Montero


SG

Overtime Elite

• 6’2″

/ 180 pounds

Projected Team

Chicago

POSSIBILITY RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

7th

After just recently enjoying more movie of Montero from the Overtime Elite league this season, it’s clear Montero has practical lotto skill. He’s a fast professional athlete who plays lead guard with pizazz and has playmaking abilities as both a developer and shooter. I truly like how he can assault the rim, and believe his offense can equate to the NBA.

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Jaden Hardy


SG

G League Ignite

• 6’4″

/ 185 pounds

Projected Team

Minnesota

POSSIBILITY RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

Sixth

PPG

17.7

RPG

4.6

APG

3.2

3P%

26.9%

Hardy’s stock slipped a bit this season with the G League Ignite — he mishandled and his decision-making left something to be wanted on the court — however you need to like his total production. He’s a talented scorer who is just 19 years of ages and has lots of space to grow and establish. Still like his skill as a certain first-rounder.

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Ohio State

• Fr

• 6’5″

/ 180 pounds

Projected Team

San Antonio

POSSIBILITY RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

13.7

RPG

3.6

APG

2

3P%

41.6%

Ohio State relied on Branham as one of its go-to choices down the stretch run of the season, and he reacted by balancing 17.3 points and 3.8 rebounds in the 2nd half of the year. He’s a huge wing who can torch the web and ratings it at an actually high level, and now that he’s devoted to remaining in the draft, ought to remain in the mix as a possible lotto choice.

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Baylor

• Fr

• 6’8″

/ 205 pounds

Projected Team

Denver

POSSIBILITY RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

Fourth

PPG

9.7

RPG

4.9

APG

1.9

3P%

34.1%

We never ever got the full-blown freshman breakout from Brown in the exact same method we did from colleague Jeremy Sochan, however Brown’s definitely going to remain in the mix as a possible lotto choice this summertime. Has a huge frame, safeguards the wing like insane and can extend the flooring as a shooter also.

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MarJon Beauchamp


SF

G League Ignite

• 6’6″

/ 199 pounds

Projected Team

Memphis

POSSIBILITY RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

15.1

RPG

7.3

APG

2.3

3P%

24.2%

Beauchamp’s an older possibility by contrast to the majority of this preliminary — he’ll be 22 years of ages later on this year — however he has actually verified first-round factor to consider after a strong season with G League Ignite. Quality protector with a 7-1 wingspan and an establishing offending weapons to match it.

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Ohio St.

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 240 pounds

Projected Team

Brooklyn

POSSIBILITY RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

8th

PPG

19.4

RPG

7.9

APG

2.5

3P%

37.4%

Liddell does not rather suit a conventional pail as a possibility — he’s a little bit undersized for a huge — however it’s tough to overlook his production. He’s a talented scorer who discovers methods to produce and he ranked amongst the leading 5 of all Big Ten gamers in blocks and scoring. His enhanced outdoors shot and rebounding perseverance must assist him stick in the league.

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Tennessee

• Fr

• 6’0″

/ 171 pounds

Projected Team

Milwaukee

POSSIBILITY RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

13.9

RPG

3.2

APG

4.7

3P%

38.3%

Chandler is the tiniest of any possibility in the leading 60 of our rankings, so that stands apart as a possible issue forecasting him into the NBA. But if anybody can get rid of that, it’s him. Chandler’s a lightning-quick skill who can blow by protectors and understands how to masterfully control defenses with the rock in his hands.

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Leonard Miller


SF

Fort Erie Int’l

• 6’9″

/ 195 pounds

Projected Team

San Antonio

POSSIBILITY RNK

69th

POSITION RNK

20th

This is an upside bet the Spurs. Miller’s extremely raw as a possibility and not all set to be an NBA factor right now, however he’s got the physical tools to be a vibrant two-way gamer in time. Low danger (choices in the late 20s do not strike all the time) however high benefit (Miller might be a legitimate rotation gamer in a couple of years).

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Milwaukee

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 220 pounds

Projected Team

Dallas

POSSIBILITY RNK

37th

POSITION RNK

9th

PPG

12.1

RPG

5.8

APG

1.5

3P%

26.6%

Two successive seasons ending with Baldwin Jr. hurt — very first in high school then as a freshman in college — have actually emerged prospective toughness issues for him. But as a previous leading hire in his class, Baldwin Jr. likely still enters Round 1 due to the fact that of his 6-9 frame and shooting upside.

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Santa Clara

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 195 pounds

Projected Team

Miami

POSSIBILITY RNK

51st

POSITION RNK

16th

PPG

18

RPG

4.4

APG

4.2

3P%

39.6%

Williams has actually been the fastest-rising draft possibility the last month. He determined 6-6 at the integrate with a 7-2 wingspan, is coming off a season in which he shot almost 40% from 3-point variety, and ranked out in the 97th percentile last season according to Synergy as a spot-up shooter.

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Nikola Jovic


SF

Serbia

• 6’10”

/ 210 pounds

Projected Team

Golden St.

POSSIBILITY RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

12.0

RPG

4.8

APG

3.6

3P%

31.5%

Jovic stays among this draft’s most special potential customers due to the fact that of the mix of his size, shooting and developing. He’s an actually great passer and Mega has actually utilized him sometimes as its main initiator, something you seldom see from a gamer that high, which speaks with his vision on the whole. The point forward prospective is most likely not practical at the NBA level however, like Josh Giddey in in 2015’s draft, vision and development capability despite level tend to equate up. He’s a port, and an actually great one at that.

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’4″

/ 221 pounds

Projected Team

Memphis

POSSIBILITY RNK

43rd

POSITION RNK

13th

PPG

11.5

RPG

3.4

APG

2.7

3P%

31.2%

Another season at Duke might do Keels’ draft potential customers some great — at simply 18 years of ages, he might fairly enhance a fair bit next season and launch himself into the lotto — however for now we’re anticipating he remains in the draft. Tough two-way guard who flashed some guarantee, however the disparity throughout the season is most likely going to keep him in the late 20s or early 30s if he remains in the draft.

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Michigan

• Fr

• 6’8″

/ 205 pounds

PPG

10.1

RPG

4

APG

1.4

3P%

35.5%

Houstan was among just 2 potential customers to decrease a welcome to the NBA Draft Combine, immediately resulting in speculation in the market about a possible guarantee for the previous first-class hire. OKC, which has 3 first-round choices, would be a possible suitor here at 30 and is most likely than many to handle larger swings as it restores.



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