In case you aren’t able to watch the draft, or you want to see the picks announced earlier then they will be on TV, then this is the place for you. Plus, inevitable trades will be broken down here along with prospects and why they fit/don’t fit with the teams that drafted them.
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Note: Player descriptions and comparisons are coming from Kevin O’Connor’s Big Board. The side notes (if there are any) are my thoughts.
1. Orlando: Paolo Banchero
Seasoned prospect with the upside to blossom into a star perfectly geared for the positionless league.
2. Oklahoma City: Chet Holmgren
Massive shot blocker with guard-like skills on offense as a passer and shooter, though he needs to get significantly stronger to become the next great big.
14.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, second team AP All-American during his freshman year at Gonzaga
3. Houston: Jabari Smith Jr
Hard worker with an unblockable jump shot and elite versatility on defense, making him a safe pick who still possesses star upside.
16.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG as a freshman at Auburn
4. Sacramento: Keegan Murray
Late bloomer who was unranked in high school but now projects as a do-it-all forward with only nitpicky flaws.
23.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG as a sophomore in college at Iowa
Note: The Kings are not trading this pick. They will be keeping Murray.
5. Detroit: Jaden Ivey
Powerful guard with an elite first step and the kind of electric shot-making ability that could make him a star, but he needs to improve his defense.
Note: SPIKE LEE was seen talking to Ivey. Potential Knicks trade? Probably not but keep it in the back of your mind…
17.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG as a sophomore at Purdue University
6. Indiana: Ben Mathurin
Knockdown shooter with shot-making ability off the dribble, though he needs work as a passer and defender.
7. Portland: Shaedon Sharpe
Blossomed into a star high-school prospect as an upperclassmen.
Note: This could be a really good or really bad pick for the Blazers. Sharpe has very high upside, but also a lot of question marks. Also, this pick seemed to take the Blazers a lot longer then a lot of other picks. Another question I have; why would the Blazers draft a point guard when they’ve made it clear they’re rebuilding around Damian Lillard? Potential trade for later to consider…
8. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers): Dyson Daniels
Australian playmaker taking advantage of the G-League route by showcasing his trustworthy facilitating and lockdown defense.
9. San Antonio: Jeremy Sochan
Capable of excelling as an athletic two-way player who can defend all five positions, and if he develops a jump shot he has limitless potential.
2022 Big 12 6th Man of the Year
10. Washington: Johnny Davis
Bucket-getting guard who thrives from midrange and plays excellent defense, but needs to improve his shooting.
19.7 PPG, 8.2 RPG as a sophomore, won the 2022 Jerry West award
Note: Washington likely won’t be trading this pick since they took Davis, and will try to mold him into their point guard of both the present and future. Let’s hope the kid adapts to the NBA quickly.
11. New York: Ousmane Dieng
One of the highest-upside prospects in the draft thanks to his blend of defense, size, and smooth shot creation, but he’s yet to prove he can score efficiently.
NOTE: This pick has been traded to the Oklahoma City Thunder! See tweet from Woj below:
12. Oklahoma City (from LA Clippers): Jalen Williams
Late bloomer who is just beginning to realize his two-way talents.
Explosive shot blocker and leaper who can fill a role right away. Plus, he’s the youngest player likely to be drafted.
NOTE: This pick was traded to New York, and then to Detroit along with former All-Star point guard Kemba Walker. See Woj tweet below:
14. Cleveland: Ochai Agbaji
A senior who took a major leap to become a potential lottery pick. He can guard multiple positions and drain 3s, but has been a streaky shooter throughout his career.
Player comparison: Jae Crowder
15. Charlotte (from New Orleans): Mark Williams
Explosive interior big man who embraces his role, though he has flashed untapped perimeter potential.
16. Atlanta: AJ Griffin
One of the most talented scorers in the draft though he missed most of two years with knee and ankle injuries in high school.
Player comparisons: Jaylen Brown, TJ Warren
Note: Two Duke freshman just went back to back in the 2022 NBA Draft.
17. Houston (from Brooklyn): Tari Eason
Plays with a burning desire to win by doing the little things, though he still needs to season his game to truly thrive.
Additional note: The Rockets value Eason as the best defender in the draft. We’ll see if that ages poorly or like fine wine.
18. Chicago: Dalen Terry
Brings energy to the court with his defense and passing, but his shooting needs to improve.
19. Minnesota: Jake LaRavia
Highly skilled player who makes his teammates better with his passing, cutting, and defending.
Player comparison: Kyle Anderson
NOTE: This pick is being traded to Memphis. See tweet below:
20. San Antonio (from Toronto): Malachi Branham
Unexpected one-and-done player thanks to his blossoming scoring talents, though he needs to prove he can sustain his 3-point success.
Note: Played at St. Vincent-St. Mary in high school, the same school LeBron James attended. The two of them are the only two St. Vincent-St. Mary’s players to be named Ohio’s Mr. Basketball.
21. Denver: Christian Braun
Spirited two-way wing with the athleticism to dunk in traffic and sky in for blocks.
22. Memphis (from Utah): Walker Kessler
Massive interior force with elite shot-blocking and finishing skills. Developing his shot would be the cherry on top.
Note: This pick will be on the move to Minnesota
23. Philadelphia: David Roddy
Surprising wing with shot-creation skills, but players with his body type rarely succeed in the NBA.
Note: This pick has been traded to Memphis. See below:
24. Milwaukee: MarJon Beauchamp
Physical wing with the ingredients to be a high-level role player, but he needs to improve as a shooter.
Note: This guy had a very interesting, unorthodox journey to the NBA, and being drafted clearly means a lot to him.
25. San Antonio (from Boston): Blake Wesley
Slippery ball handler who can get a bucket from anywhere, though he could return to college to improve his stock.
Note: This is the pick Derrick White was traded for at the 2022 trade deadline.
26. Dallas: Wendell Moore
Playmaking wing who got off to a slow start in college, but has emerged as a do-it-all player in his junior season who could fill a number of different NBA roles.
Note: Wendell Moore is on his way to Minnesota. See tweet below:
27. Miami: Nikola Jovic
Late bloomer who grew up playing point guard, and it shows in his game as a talented playmaker with size who’s still learning how to thrive near the rim.
Note: It’ll be interesting to follow Jovic’s career path and see if it is at all similar to Jokic’s.
28. Golden State: Patrick Baldwin Jr
29. Memphis: TyTy Washington Jr
30. Oklahoma City (from Phoenix): Peyton Watson
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31. Indiana (from Houston via Cleveland): Andrew Nembhard
32. Orlando: Caleb Houstan
33. Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago): Christian Koloko
34. Oklahoma City: Jaylin Williams
35. Orlando (from Indiana via Milwaukee): Max Christie
36. Portland: Gabriele Procida
37. Sacramento: Jaden Hardy
38. San Antonio (from Los Angeles Lakers via Chicago and Washington): Kennedy Chandler
39. Cleveland (from San Antonio via Utah): Khalifa Diop
40. Minnesota (from Washington via Cleveland): Bryce McGowens
41. New Orleans: EJ Liddell
42. New York: Trevor Keels
43. LA Clippers: Moussa Diabate
44. Atlanta: Ryan Rollins
45. Charlotte: Josh Minott
46. Detroit (from Brooklyn): Ismael Kamagate
47. Memphis (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta): Vince Williams Jr
48. Minnesota: Kendall Brown
49. Sacramento (from Chicago via Memphis and Detroit): Isaiah Mobley
50. Minnesota (from Denver via Philadelphia): Matteo Spagnolo
51. Golden State (from Toronto via Philadelphia): Tyrese Martin
52. New Orleans (from Utah): Karlo Matkovic
53. Boston: JD Davidson
— Milwaukee (forfeited)
— Miami (from Philadelphia via Denver; forfeited by Miami)
54. Washington (from Dallas): Yannick Nzosa
55. Golden State: Gui Santos
56. Cleveland (from Miami via Indiana): Luke Travers
57. Portland (from Memphis via Utah): Jabari Walker
58. Indiana (from Phoenix): Hugo Besson
Smaller trades which likely won’t have a big impact on the draft: