NBA Draft 2022 | Latest Draft News, Rumors, and Predictions – Jun. 22, 2022

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The NBA Draft 2022 has close and that event marks the beginning of a new season. The greatest talents across the planet are looking for their place under the sun in the strongest basketball league. The draft carries with it many question marks. This year at the Draft lottery, the Orlando Magic had the most luck and they will choose the first pick. The draft is scheduled for 24th June. Below are the first 10 draft picks and the predictions in which NBA franchises they could end.

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1st Pick: Jabari Smith Jr. – PF – Auburn (Orlando Magic)

According to many, the best player in this Draft is Jabari Smith. He is a guy who, for his height and the position he covers, is a very good shooter for three, and an excellent defender, especially in the 1-on-1 defense. Additionally, he can progress in all segments. Physical, athletic predispositions, as well as leadership, are something that adorns him. It’s an ideal fit for the Houston Rockets, so we wouldn’t be surprised by some trade between these two teams. But let’s doubt Orlando will miss a two-way player like this.

2nd Pick: Chet Holmgren – PF – Gonzaga (Oklahoma Thunder)

Holmgren is the “unicorn” of this Draft and the player with the biggest question mark. Will his body and talent adapt to NBA conditions? With his 214cm and moves as an SG Chet is a danger at both ends of the field. He has a range of three, attacks closeout, and does it all with great percentages. In defense, although he does not have enough physical strength, and is physically disproportionate, with his 232 arm span, he is a great protector of the hoop. There is a similar story about Holmgren as about Durant when KD was questioned about strength and diligence. With Holmgren, it’s worth taking a risk and trying. Oklahoma is an ideal environment, which is ready to take risks with him, as well as with KD.

3rd Pick: Paolo Banchero – PF – Duke (Houston Rockets)

The best players from Duke are always ranked high. Banchero is a great creator from the PF position, which is his primary and having in mind his space for progress in the physical sense, it would not surprise us that he will play center in the future. He has the ability to create for himself, especially half distance, which is his specialty. It can greatly improve the defense and selection of shots. But all of that comes with experience. He is ready to make a difference on the field already in his rookie season, and Houston does not have time to wait.

4th Pick: Keegan Murray – SF/PF – Iowa (Sacramento Kings)

An interest for Keegan Murray is jumping day by day. Although he is one of the oldest players in the Draft, this winger who played for Iowa is “the most prepared” for the strongest league. Both physically and mentally. Sacramento doesn’t have much time to wait, especially as they got rid of Buddy Hield. A player who brings a lot of good things in attack, from a game in transition, a closeout attack, a shot from a distance, and at the end of an offensive jump. A real attacking engine.

5th Pick: Jaden Ivey – SG – Purdue (Detroit Pistons)

Although Detroit picked up Cade Cunningham last year, who proved to be worth the first pick in the draft, this year they have a chance to make a dynamic duo of Cade-Ivey. Ivey is a player who is an athletic beast, for positions 1 and 2. He loves to play in transition and attack the hoop. He has to work on constancy and on the shot.

6th Pick: AJ Griffin – SF – Duke (Indiana Pacers)

AJ Griffin is one of the best shooters in this class. What is especially important to emphasize about him is that he is not a classic spot-up shooter, but also creates shots for himself, and it is very difficult to defend him. It’s an ideal fit for Indiana building a new team. Griffin has a lot of room for improvement on the defensive side in particular. And 3D players have become a sought-after and expensive commodity in the NBA.

7th Pick: Sheldon Sharpe – SG – Kentucky (Portland Trailblazers)

Sharpe is one of the guys behind whom the dust is rising. His biggest problem is indiscipline on and off the field. But he is a player who sells tickets and fills the halls. Attractive, explosive, great scorer. As good as he is in attack, so uninterested in defense. Portland could be an ideal environment for proper development. They have experiences with “bad” guys.

8th Pick: Dyson Daniels – SG/SF – Australia/G-League (New Orleans Pelicans)

During this season, the Pelicans have lamented many times how easily they got rid of Lonza Ball’s services. With CJ and Ingram, they got points in their hands, but the defense was desperate. Daniels is an ideal fit for the Pelicans. He is a player who is a top defender, creates great for himself and others, and is very rational. He will gain strength, and be a player ready for the league from the first game.

9th Pick: Jeremy Sochan – PF – Baylor (San Antonio Spurs)

Greg Popovich has a chance to pick up a player who could connect his puzzle from position 4. This is Jeremy Sochan who is a top defender and can take over and defend all positions from 1 to 5 in one attack. In addition to his defensive qualities, he has an excellent overview of the game as well as playmaking from position 4. The shooting % are his problem, but he is there to work and correct it. San Antonio is the ideal environment for him.

10th Pick: Bennedict Mathurin – SG – Arizona  (Washington Wizards)

Mathurin is another great three-point shooter who is hard to defend. He has a high jump shot and moves great without the ball. The Wizards really need one such player. Which is a pure spot-up shooter, and which has a large size that can be developed defensively. Especially since the Wizdras are having serious defensive problems this season. Mathurin with his physique can contribute to the attack and defense of the team from the capital.

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