2022 NBA Mock Draft – NBA Lottery

by Keith Lott
2022 NBA Mock Draft - NBA Lottery

NBA Finals Update - the Sixers get their pick back from Brooklyn and Denver acquires the 30th pick from OKC!

The Orlando Magic have won the NBA Lottery and will pick first in the 2022 NBA Draft! They will have a tough decision to make in the frontcourt, choosing between Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jabari Smith.

The Sacramento Kings moved into the top four with the Detroit Pistons falling out. The Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers moved down one spot.

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 were looking like a lock for two first-round selections, after trading Caris LeVert to the Cleveland Cavaliers. However, injuries stunted the Cavs playoff push and Cleveland landed in the lottery, keeping their protected pick.

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

2022 NBA Mock Draft - NBA Lottery

1MagicChet HolmgrenGonzagaF/C
2ThunderPaolo BancheroThunderF
3RocketsJaden IveyPurdueG
4KingsKeegan MurrayIowaF
5PistonsJabari SmithAuburnF
6PacersShaedon SharpeKentuckyW
7BlazersAJ GriffinDukeW
via LAL
Bennedict MathurinArizonaW
9SpursJeremy SochanBaylorW
10WizardsJohnny DavisWisconsinG
11KnicksOchai AgbajiKansasW
via LAC
Jalen DurenMemphisF/C
13HornetsWalker KesslerAuburnC
14CavaliersDyson DanielsIgniteG
via NO
Ousmane DiengNew ZealandF
16HawksTari EasonLSUF
via BKN
Mark WilliamsDukeC
18BullsMalaki BranhamOhio StateG
19TimberwolvesBlake WesleyNotre DameW
via TOR
Jaden HardyIgniteW
21NuggetsE.J. LIddellOhio StateF
via UTA
Christian KolokoArizonaC
via PHI
TyTy WashingtonKentuckyG
24BucksDavid RoddyColorado StateF
via BOS
Nikola JovicSerbiaF
26MavsKendall BrownBaylorF
27HeatBryce McGowensNebraskaW
28WarriorsChristian BraunKansasW
29GrizzliesJalen WilliamsSanta ClaraF
via PHX
Kennedy ChandlerTennesseeG

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. I think he is the best fit for a team looking long term.
  • I want (need) to see Shaedon Sharpe and Tyrese Haliburton play together
  • The Thunder 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 projected top 10 pick
  • I still think the Knicks need to figure out their point guard situation, but forcing themselves into Dyson Daniels or TyTy Washington is most likely not the answer. Hopefully, they can bring Jalen Brunson in as a free agent!
  • 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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