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 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 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.
2022 NBA Mock Draft - Final Four Edition
|Blake Wesley||Notre Dame||W|
|Malaki Branham||Ohio State||G|
|18||Wolves||E.J. Liddell||Ohio State||F|
|25||Warriors||David Roddy||Colorado State||F|
|29||Grizzlies||Patrick Baldwin Jr.||Milwaukee||F|
|Ousmane Dieng||New Zealand||F|
- 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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