2022 NBA Mock Draft – Final Four Edition

by Keith Lott
2022 NBA Mock Draft Final Four

According to The Ringer's most recent NBA Lottery odds, the Orlando Magic, Houston Rockets and Detroit Pistons (14%) all have the same odds to win the NBA Lottery and the top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.  For this updated mock draft, I am rolling with Tankathon's draft order as of April 1st.

Prior to March Madness, I shared my initial top 10 picks!

The Rockets have two first-round picks as they own the Brooklyn Nets selection. They will receive the better of the Nets/Miami Heat first-round pick. RealGM does a great job breaking down all future traded draft picks.

The Oklahoma City Thunder have four of the first 34 picks, including three first-rounders, thanks to the Chris Paul (Suns) and Paul George (Clippers) trades.

The Indiana Pacers have two first-round selections, after trading Caris LeVert to the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Cavs are 7-12 since the All-Star break and are now dealing with injuries to both Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley!

The San Antonio Spurs acquired two extra first-round picks at the NBA trade deadline when dealing Derrick White (Celtics) and Thaddeus Young (Raptors).

The Portland Trail Blazers picked up an extra first-round pick from the New Orleans Pelicans in the CJ McCollum trade. The Pelicans are 10-7 since the break and are fighting for a play-in spot in the West, without Zion Williamson.

"When the Pelicans traded the Lakers’ 2022 first-rounder to the Grizzlies, they added top-10 protection to it, so New Orleans will get the pick if it falls between No. 1 and No. 10. If it lands between 11 and 30, Memphis will receive it." - Hoops Rumors

The Los Angeles Lakers are 4-14 since the NBA All-Star Game.

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2022 NBA Mock Draft - Final Four Edition

PickTeamPlayerSchoolPos
1MagicChet HolmgrenGonzagaF/C
2RocketsJaden IveyPurdueG
3PistonsJabari SmithAuburnF
4ThunderPaolo BancheroThunderF
5PacersShaedon SharpeKentuckyW
6BlazersKeegan MurrayIowaF
7KingsAJ GriffinDukeW
8SpursBennedict MathurinArizonaW
9Pelicans
via LAL
Jeremy SochanBaylorW
10WizardsJohnny DavisWisconsinG
11Blazers
via NO
Jalen DurenMemphisF/C
12KnicksOchai AgbajiKansasW
13HornetsWalker KesslerAuburnC
14HawksJaden HardyIgniteW
15Thunder
via LAC
Blake WesleyNotre DameW
16Rockets
via BKN
Tari EasonLSUF
17Pacers
via CLE
Malaki BranhamOhio StateG
18WolvesE.J. LiddellOhio StateF
19Spurs
via TOR
TyTy WashingtonKentuckyG
20BullsMark WilliamsDukeC
21Grizzlies
via UTA
Christian KolokoArizonaC
22NuggetsNikola JovicSerbiaF
23Nets
via PHI
Kendall BrownBaylorF
24Spurs
via BOS
Dyson DanielsIgniteG
25WarriorsDavid RoddyColorado StateF
26MavsMarjon BeauchampIgniteW
27BucksChristian BraunKansasW
28HeatJean MonteroOvertimeG
29GrizzliesPatrick Baldwin Jr.MilwaukeeF
30Thunder
via PHX
Ousmane DiengNew ZealandF

Quick Thoughts

  • I think the Houston Rockets need Jaden Ivey as they lack a floor general. Ivey should be a good fit next to Jalen Green. While he might not be their BPA at the top of the draft, I think he is the best fit for a team looking long term. However, if they do in fact land the first overall pick I do not see them passing up on both Chet Holmgren
  • I want (need) to see Shaedon Sharpe and Tyrese Haliburton play together - I hope Sharpe declares for the 2022 NBA Draft
  • The Thunder, Blazers and Spurs have flexibility this year with the power to trade up or trade down to collect more assets
  • Bennedict Mathurin has been rising draft boards and is now a potential top 10 pick
  • I still think the Knicks need to figure out their point guard situation, but forcing themselves into TyTy Washington is most likely not the answer
  • It will be interesting to see just how much teams value rim protection with bigs like Walker Kessler, Mark Williams and Christian Koloko

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