2022 NBA Mock Draft

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OKC Thunder pick no.2 — Rockets pick no.3 — Kings jump up to no.4

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1MagicJabari Smith Jr.PF – Auburn – HT: 6-10 – WT: 220 – WING: 7-0 – Fr – The Magic land the no.1 pick and will have a hard choice between Jabari and Chet. Jabari has a chance to be an elite scoring forward and would pair well with the young Magic core. Big Board #1JJJ, Rashard Lewis+
2ThunderChet HolmgrenC – Gonzaga – HT: 7-0 – WT: 195 – WING: 7-6 – Fr – Chet is an ideal fit for the Thunder, with tons of upside, length and he fills a need in the frontcourt. ArticleDirk, Marcus Camby on D.
3RocketsPaolo BancheroPF – Duke – HT: 6-10 – WT: 250 – WING: 6-10 – Fr – The Rockets might be disappointed but can still land a big time player at a position of need. Paolo and Sengun would be an interesting frontcourt with a lot of talent. 1on1 InterviewChris Webber, Blake
4KingsShaedon SharpeSG – Kentucky (Canada) – HT: 6-6 – WT: 200 – WING: NA – Fr – The Kings rise up to no.4 and have a chance to land one of the elite talents in his class. Sharpe is a mystery man but has massive upside.Brandon Roy

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5PistonsJaden Ivey SG – Purdue – HT: 6-4 – WT: 200 – WING: NA – So – The Pistons don’t land in the top 3 but still have a chance to draft a star. Ivey is an insane athlete would will pair well with Cade.D.Wade, Ja Morant
6 PacersKeegan MurrayPF – Iowa – HT: 6-8 – WT: 215 – WING: NA – So – The Pacers seem like an ideal fit for Murray. He’s a bit older than the others but still has a lot of upside to develop into and has a skill-set that looks very NBA ready.Obi Toppin, Pascal Siakam
7BlazersJalen DurenC – Memphis – HT: 6-11 – WT: 250 – WING: 7-5 1/4 – Fr – The Blazers are rebuilding and could go with the best long-term upside prospect on the board in Duren. February UpdateDwight Howard
8Pelicans (from Lakers)Dyson DanielsSG – G League Ignite (Australia) – HT: 6-8 – WT: NA – WING: NA – Int.03 – The Pelicans are building something special and could look to add the toolsy PG/SG Daniels to the mix. He has a ton of upside and has reportedly grown to 6-8. International Elite 15
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9SpursOusmane DiengSF – New Zealand Breakers (France) – HT: 6-9 – WT: NA – WING: 7-0 – Int.03 – The Spurs are rebuilding with young and can swing for the upside here. Dieng had an up and down season in the NBL but his skills are tantalizing.
10WizardsAdrian Griffin Jr.SF – Duke – HT: 6-6 – WT: 200 – WING: 7-0 – Fr – The Wizards are stuck in no-man’s-land and need to nail this draft pick. Griffin Jr. is a lights-out shooter with upside but there are some health concerns and questions about him regaining his explosiveness.Jimmy Butler
11KnicksBennedict MathurinSG – Arizona (Canada) – HT: 6-6 – WT: 210 – WING: NA – So – The Knicks have a need at PG but that’s the weakest position in this draft. Mathurin would bring more shot-making and scoring punch.Q. Richardson
12Thunder (from Clippers)Johnny Davis SG – Wisconsin – HT: 6-5 – WT: 195 – WING: NA – So – The Thunder have been drafting for upside in recent years but could go with the safer, pro-ready pick in Davis who would help establish a winning culture. He might not be a superstar at the next level but has a high floor.Manu Ginobili
13HornetsMalaki BranhamSG – Ohio State – HT: 6-5 – WT: 180 – WING: NA – Fr – The Hornets went with a SG last year but still have a need at the position, after a slow start for Bouknight.Calbert Cheaney
14CavsTyTy Washington PG – Kentucky – HT: 6-3 – WT: 180 – WING: NA – Fr – The Cavs could pair TyTy with Garland to form an awesome young backcourt. TyTy was banged up late in the season but looked like a top 10 pick before that.Brandon Knight+
15Hornets (from Pelicans)Jeremy SochanPF – Baylor (England) – HT: 6-9 – WT: 230 – WING: NA – Fr – If Sochan falls to no.15 the Hornets should waste no time making the pick. He showed an elite skill-set this season and emerged as one of the most intriguing prospects in this draft.Chuma Okeke

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16HawksMark WilliamsC – Duke – HT: 7-0 – WT: 220 – WING: 7-7 – So – A defensive minded center with a great NBA frame. A high level rebounder and enforcer in the middle. ArticleMichael Olowokandi, D. Jordan
17Rockets (from Nets)Tari EasonSF – LSU – HT: 6-8 – WT: 215 – WING: NA – So – A long, athletic and versatile play maker who can guard all over the court.OG Anunoby
18BullsJaden HardySG – G League Ignite – HT: 6-5 – WT: 185 – WING: 6-10 – Fr – Hardy had a rough start but a solid second half of the G League season. He looks to be squarely in the mid first round conversation.Anfernee Simons
19T-WolvesNikola JovićPF – Serbia – HT: 6-10 – WT: NA – WING: NA – Int.03 – Jović is a 6-10 point-forward who can score inside and out and excels at passing the rock. International Elite 15Billy Owens
20Spurs (from Raptors)Blake WesleySG – Notre Dame – Ht – 6-5 – Wt – 185 – Wing – NA – Fr – One of the top athletes in the class, Wesley is a truly explosive player but lacks a 3pt shot. ArticleR.J. Hampton, Larry Hughes
21NuggetsJohn ButlerPF – Florida State – HT: 7-1 – WT: 190 – WING: NA – Fr – Crazy fluid and agile for a 7-1 player and has a great 3pt shot. The draft is about upside and Butler has a lot of it.taller Channing Frye
22Grizzlies (from Jazz)Ochai AgbajiSG – Kansas – HT: 6-5 1/2 – WT: 214 – WING: 6-10 – Sr – Ochai is a well built athlete who is dripping with upside and showing flashes of being a solid NBA level wing.Felipe Lopez

23Nets (from 76ers)EJ LiddellPF – Ohio State – HT: 6-7 – WT: 240 – WING: NA – Jr – A versatile all around talent, fundamentally sound and efficient.Antoine Walker
24BucksLeonard MillerSF – Canada – HT: 6-10 – WT: NA – WING: 7-3 – HSsr – One of the fastest rising prospects in the country who has elected to enter the 2022 draft. A 6-10 wing with handles and a 3pt shot.Paul George
25Spurs (from Celtics)Kendall BrownSF – Baylor – HT: 6-6 – WT: 205 – WING: NA – Fr – A versatile player who brings it on both ends of the court. Has elite above-the-rim ability, is a world class defensive player and underrated passer. 1on1 interviewCorey Maggette+
26MavsBryce McGowensSG – Nebraska – HT: 6-7 – WT: 179 – WING: NA – Fr – A long, wiry athlete with a smooth game and intriguing upside. Has awesome bounce and above the rim ability. Nebraska hasn’t had a prospect like this in a long time.Latrell Sprewell
27HeatMoussa Diabate  PF – Michigan (France) – HT: 6-10 – WT: 210 – WING: NA – Fr – Diabate is an incredibly versatile defender who makes energy plays all over the court. He has an elite frame and an emerging game. Jonathan Issac lite
28WarriorsIsmael KamagateC – France – HT: 6-11 – WT: 220 – WING: NA – Int.01 – A powerful and explosive post player with above the rim ability.Kevin Seraphin
29GrizzliesWalker KesslerC – Auburn – HT: 7-1 – WT: 245 – WING: NA – So – Kessler is a unique talent with his size, shot blocking, high skill level on the offensive end. February UpdateJustin Patton+
30Thunder (from Suns)Terquavion Smith PG – NC State – HT: 6-4 – WT: 165 – WING: NA – Fr – A combo guard who had a breakout season for the Wolfpack.Bones Hyland

2022 Draft Key Dates

  • April 13-16 – The 2022 Portsmouth Invitational Tournament
  • April 24 – Early entry deadline
  • May 17 – NBA Draft Lottery!
  • June 1 – Early Entry Withdrawal Deadline (NCAA deadline)
  • June 23rdThe 2022 NBA Draft!

2022 Traded Draft Picks

  • Blazers get Pelicans 1st if it lands between 5-14 (C.J. McCollum trade)
  • Grizzlies get Jazz 1st, top 6 protected (Mike Conley trade)
  • Hornets get Pelicans 1st (Devonte’ Graham trade)
  • Pelicans get Lakers 1st (Anthony Davis trade)
  • Nets get 76ers 1st, unprotected (Harden/Simmons trade)
  • Rockets get Nets 1st, unprotected (James Harden trade)
  • Rockets get the two most favorable picks of the Nets, Heats, and Rockets and the Heat will receive the least favorable of the three.
  • Spurs get Raptors 1st, lottery protected (Goran Dragic trade)
  • Spurs get Celtics 1st, top 4 protected (Derrick White trade)
  • Thunder get Clippers 1st pick, unprotected (Paul George trade)
  • Thunder get Suns 1st round pick (Chris Paul trade)

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