The NBA is welcoming its latest class of rookies to the league Thursday night time through the 2022 draft from Barclays Middle in Brooklyn.
There have been some surprises. It began at No. 1 when the Orlando Magic tabbed Paolo Banchero with the highest decide. Jabari Smith of Auburn, who was broadly anticipated to go first, fell to the No. 3 spot and the Houston Rockets.
Draft night time is also at all times a time for trades, and this yr is not any totally different. The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder made a commerce with the New York Knicks for the No. 11 decide and Ousmane Dieng of New Zealand Breakers for 3 future conditional first-round picks.
In one other draft-day commerce, the Detroit Pistons acquired No. 13 decide Jalen Duren and Knicks guard Kemba Walker in a three-team deal.
And the Philadelphia 76ers reportedly moved Danny Inexperienced and the No. 23 decide to Memphis as a part of commerce to accumulate De’Anthony Melton.
USA TODAY Sports activities will recap all the 2022 NBA draft with all 58 picks (two second-round picks had been forfeited), plus pick-by-pick evaluation from Jeff Zillgitt, Cydney Henderson, Matt Eppers and Larry Starks on every of the first-round picks.
1. Orlando Magic: Paolo Banchero, Duke
The Magic need assistance on the offensive finish. The crew completed final season twenty eighth in efficient subject aim proportion, twenty eighth in free throw fee, twenty seventh in offensive rebounding proportion and twenty third in turnover fee. Look no additional than Paolo Banchero, who can add versality to the Magic’s offense along with his bodily instruments (dimension, energy, pace) and on-court abilities. He can move, deal with the ball, drive to the basket and end close to the rim and possesses stable footwork. He’s simply probably the most NBA-ready participant among the many prime projected prime 5. The 6-10 Banchero averaged 17.2 factors on 47.8% capturing from the sector, along with 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals in his solely season at Duke, which marked Mike Krzyzewski’ remaining season.
2. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder: Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga
Holmgren has immense potential, with a formidable all-around skillset for a contemporary NBA large man. Together with his elite rim safety and shot-blocking, he fills an instantaneous want for the Thunder as an inside defender. He has a flexible offensive recreation and has proven the flexibility to deal with the ball, shoot from the surface and end on the rim. Holmgren might want to add energy to succeed in his peak on offense, however the Thunder may give him time to develop behind prime choices Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey.
3. Houston Rockets: Jabari Smith, Auburn
Smith was broadly anticipated to the No. 1 decide however as an alternative went No. 3. He solely labored out for the Magic and the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. Smith averaged 42% on his 3-pointers (5.5 makes an attempt), which might make him a superb slot in Houston. At his dimension, he’s troublesome to defend. And he was additionally a high quality defender at Auburn.
4. Sacramento Kings: Keegan Murray, Iowa
With some extent guard in place with De’Aaron Fox, the Kings bypassed Jaden Ivey and took Murray, an environment friendly wing scorer. Murray, who improved vital from his freshman to sophomore seasons, averaged 23.6 factors, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per recreation whereas capturing 55% from the sector and 39.8% on 3-pointers. Murray, 21, is likely one of the oldest lottery picks and will have an instantaneous affect for Sacramento. Like Banchero, Murray is NBA-ready.
5. Detroit Pistons: Jaden Ivey, Purdue
Ivey solely labored out for the Pistons and Magic. He makes use of his pace to blow by defenders, who can have a tough time slowing Ivey down in transition. He can explode into the lane much like Ja Morant and has the bounce to complete. The son of Niele Ivey, the ladies’s basketball coach at Notre Dame and a former ladies’s faculty champion.
6. Indiana Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona
One of many greatest risers within the months main as much as the draft, Mathurin has the capturing contact and dimension to fill a 3-and-D position on the wing for the Pacers. Mathurin shot 42% from 3-point vary in his remaining yr at Arizona and flashed good pace and athleticism. He can play off the ball subsequent to Tyrese Hailburton and Chris Duarte, whereas serving to increase a Pacers offense that was 18th in effectivity and twenty fifth in 3-point capturing.
7. Portland Path Blazers: Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky
Sharpe is likely one of the greatest mysteries within the draft. He enrolled at Kentucky in January, didn’t play a second for the Wildcats and as soon as he was dominated eligible for the draft, he entered. Whereas groups solely had highschool and AAU-type video on Sharpe, he’s a gifted scorer along with his bounce shot and on the rim. He’s an explosive leaper who likes to get out in transition and dunk. Wildcats coach John Calipari stated that if Sharpe returned to Kentucky subsequent season, he can be the No. 1 decide within the 2023 draft. As an alternative, he finally ends up the No. 7 decide and backcourt mate for Blazers star Damian Lillard.
8. New Orleans Pelicans (from Los Angeles Lakers): Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite
It is a great alternative for New Orleans so as to add one other high quality participant to a playoff squad that’s poised to be higher subsequent season with the return of Zion Williamson. The Australian received a style of NBA-level play within the NBA All-Star Weekend’s Rising Stars contest in February and he held his personal. The 6-8 Daniels is an enormous guard who started enjoying professionally as a youngster in his native Australia.
9. San Antonio Spurs: Jeremy Sochan, Baylor
The Spurs have three first-round picks and used their first to pick out Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan. Sochan offers the Spurs some dimension on the wing to go with All-Star Dejounte Murray. He’s a flexible defender and stable rebounder, averaging 6.4 rebounds at Baylor in 2021-22. He runs the courtroom properly and scores with effectivity contained in the 3-point line. Sochan can shoot the three however wants to enhance his proportion. He averaged 9.2 factors for the Bears.
10. Washington Wizards: Johnny Davis, Wisconsin
With a roster probably in flux this summer season, the Wizards want expertise and landed on the most effective gamers remaining. Davis took an enormous leap as a scorer and rebounder in his second yr at Wisconsin, from 7.0 factors and 4.1 rebounds to 19.7 and eight.2. He can rating and create within the mid-range however might want to enhance his exterior shot.
11. New York Knicks: Ousmane Dieng, New Zealand Breakers
Some mock drafts had Dieng going as excessive as No. 8. He fell to No. 11, which the Knicks reportedly traded to the Thunder. He performed final season in Australia’s professional league for the New Zealand Breakers and averaged 8.9 factors, 3.1 rebounds and an help whereas capturing simply 39.8% from the sector and 27.1% on 3-pointers. However he improved because the season continued and was a significantly better scorer and shooter within the second half of the season. The Thunder’s participant improvement employees will work exhausting to make Dieng a big contributor as they proceed their rebuild.
12. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder (from Los Angeles Clippers): Jalen Williams, Santa Clara
Williams shot up draft boards after the mix during which his vertical leap, pace and wingspan caught the eye of scouts and executives. His protection will slot in properly in OKC. The Thunder traded for the No. 11 decide, which didn’t have an effect on the No. 12 decide. Williams was environment friendly on 3-pointers (39.6%) and contained in the 3-point line (55.1%) and averaged 18 factors, 4.4 rebounds and 4.2 assists in 2021-22. He has endurance with the basketball in pick-and-roll conditions and finds his spots on the 3-point line for spot-up jumpers.
13. Charlotte Hornets: Jalen Duren, Memphis
The Hornets usually are not solely in want of a head coach, however some rim safety after ending twenty second in defensive score the 2021-22 season. They chose Memphis large Jalen Duren, who can play along with his again to the basket, run the courtroom and rebound. He has a succesful face-up recreation within the low submit and may make mid-range bounce photographs. He appeared like the proper match for the Hornets, however he was traded to the Knicks after which finally landed with the Pistons.
14. Cleveland Cavaliers: Ochai Agbaji, Kansas
A crew on the rise within the East, the Cavaliers are placing collectively fairly a defensive unit. They’ve rim protectors and so they added a necessity in a fringe defender. Agbaji is 6-5 with a 6-10 wingspan and 8-8 standing attain and generally known as a 3-and-D wing. He performed 4 seasons for the Jayhawks and was the 2022 Closing 4 Most Excellent Participant within the Jayhawks’ title run. He averaged 18.8 factors and 5.1 rebounds and shot 47.5% from the sector and 40.7% on 3s. Former ESPN NBA draft analyst Mike Schmitz, now in Portland’s entrance workplace, as soon as tweeted, “Ochai Agbaji could play 25+ minutes in an NBA game tomorrow.”
15. Charlotte Hornets (from New Orleans): Mark Williams, Duke
Williams ought to be capable to step in instantly and fill an enormous want for the Hornets at heart. At 7-2 with a 7-6 wingspan and 9-9 standing attain, Williams has the instruments and good mobility for his dimension to be an imposing presence across the rim. He does not provide a lot but on the offensive finish, however he ought to catch loads of lobs from LaMelo Ball.
16. Atlanta Hawks: A.J. Griffin, Duke
Griffin averaged 10.4 factors on a crew that has probably 5 NBA draft picks, together with No. 1. Hailing from a basketball household (his brother, sister and father all performed for Energy 5 faculties; his father is also an assistant with the Toronto Raptors), Griffin is taken into account one of many higher shooters within the draft. He shot 44.7% on 3s and 49.3% total. He’ll add needed capturing alongside Trae Younger and provides the Hawks wanted assist defensively along with his potential to protect a number of positions at 6-6, 220 kilos.
17. Houston Rockets (from Brooklyn): Tari Eason, LSU
After ending with the league’s worst file this yr, the Rockets are in search of somebody to assist Jalen Inexperienced (Houston’s No. 2 draft decide in 2021). Rockets already picked up Jabari Smith at No. 3, and Tari Eason will add extra offensive versatility along with his potential to attain on the rim. He makes use of his athleticism and size to assault the paint and may affect the sport on the defensive finish. He was named the 2022 SEC Sixth Man of the Yr at LSU, the place he averaged 16.9 factors on 52.1% from the sector.
18. Chicago Bulls: Dalen Terry, Arizona
Terry has good dimension at 6-7 with a 7-0 wingspan and the flexibility to protect a number of positions on the perimeter. He strikes with out the ball properly and has the athleticism to assault the rim and end constantly, however he nonetheless wants to enhance his exterior shot to assist a Bulls offense that was final within the league in 3-pointers tried and next-to-last in 3-pointers made.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jake LaRavia, Wake Forest
The Timberwolves plan to commerce LaRavia to Memphis for the Nos. 22 and 29 picks within the first spherical. LaRavia was a late climber in draft, and the best way he shoots, passes and strikes with out the ball, it’s simple to see why the Grizzlies traded two picks to maneuver up. LaRavia spent his first two faculty seasons at Indiana State then transferred to Wake Forest the place he averaged 14.6 factors, 6.6 rebounds and three.7 assists whereas capturing 55.9% from the sector and 38.4% on 3s. He additionally has basic footwork that frees him for simple baskets within the submit. LaRavia is a prepared defender and has a knack for getting steals and creating in transition.
20. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto): Malaki Branham, Ohio State
Branham likes to get to the rim, prospers in transition offensively and may end within the paint. That might be simply what the physician order for the Spurs. In half-court units, he strikes properly with and with out the basketball as a playmaker and cutter. His 3-point shot is just not picture-perfect, however he made 41.6% from that vary. He averaged 19 factors within the remaining 10 video games of the season. Branham arrived as a extremely rated recruit and ultimately developed right into a second choice, averaging 13.7 factors whereas capturing 49.8% from the sector and 41.6% from 3-point vary.
21. Denver Nuggets: Christian Braun, Kansas
Christian Braun and his household determined to go to the 2022 NBA Draft in New York this week and good factor he did. He’ll be part of 2022 MVP Nikola Jokić within the Mile Excessive Metropolis because the No. 21 decide. Braun is a two-way participant that proved himself incomes an NCAA championship with Kansas earlier this yr. He’ll mesh properly with Denver’s model of play that operates by way of Jokic. He averaged 14.1 factors from 49.5% capturing from the sector, 6.5 rebounds and a pair of.8 assists for the Jayhawks in 2021-22.
22. Memphis Grizzlies (from Utah): Walker Kessler, Auburn
This decide will go the Timberwolves as a part of the deal that gave Memphis the No. 19 decide. Kessler is a pick-and-roll large, is aware of the right way to set screens and is affected person alongside the ball-handler. He’s additionally very lively on the offensive boards and blocks photographs. Protection is what the Timberwolves like. Kessler had two triple-double final season – with blocks being a class the place he notched at the very least 10. He improved his recreation after enjoying his freshman season at North Carolina, capturing 70.2% on 2-pointers for Auburn. Including a dependable 3-ball will assist.
23. Philadelphia 76ers: David Roddy, Colorado State
A singular and intriguing prospect at 6-6 and 260 kilos, Roddy noticed loads of time as an undersized heart at Colorado State. His defensive instincts will give him an opportunity to contribute early, and his body ought to permit him guard larger gamers on the professional degree. Philadelphia is reportedly buying and selling Roddy to Memphis, the place he might want to enhance the consistency on his exterior shot to stay in a 3-and-D position.
24. Milwaukee Bucks: MarJon Beauchamp, G League Ignite
His is likely one of the most attention-grabbing tales within the draft. A Washington native who grew up in Yakima — about 140 miles away from talent-rich Seattle — and was broadly thought of one of many prime prospects within the 2020 class, with a number of presents that included native faculties Washington and Washington State. As an alternative, he selected to coach for a yr with the Chameleon BX program in San Francisco. Now, he will get to play with Giannis Antetokounmpo. At 6-6 with a 7-1 wingspan, Beauchamp has the scale and expertise to contribute instantly as a flexible defender who can guard a number of positions on the wing, in addition to larger gamers down low. He makes use of that wingspan to create turnovers, block photographs and gather rebounds.
25. San Antonio Spurs (from Boston): Blake Wesley, Notre Dame
Wesley, a 6-5 guard, creates simple transition factors along with his protection — he has nice palms and a knack for interrupting passing lanes, and as a freshman held his personal towards gifted scoring wings within the ACC. He’s one other guard with dimension who assaults the basket, finds his personal shot and has good footwork within the paint. He shot simply 29.6% on 3s, in order that will likely be an space of focus, together with playmaking abilities as a passer. The Spurs are accumulating two-way gamers with the concept a number of will pan out.
26. Houston Rockets (from Dallas): Wendell Moore Jr., Duke
The Mavericks will bolster their capturing with Moore, an explosive guard enjoying on the perimeter. The Mavericks have constructed their crew round Luka Doncic, who likes to create open seems to be for his teammates past the arc by attracting defenders. Moore improved his capturing — his 3s specifically — and was a greater help man in his third season at Duke. He can play the purpose if needed and creates his personal shot or a superb search for others off the dribble.
27. Miami Warmth: Nikola Jovic, Serbia
The Serbian is one other European sharpshooter who spends loads of time on the 3-point line and shot 35.6% from lengthy vary within the ABA professional league in 2021-22. He may also be a playmaker. He grew eight inches prior to now 5 years. He had been on the Warmth’s radar and might be thought of a steal this late within the draft. At first of the season, he obtained votes from NBA executives as the most effective worldwide participant not within the NBA. He averaged 12 factors, 4 rebounds, and three assists per recreation in 29 video games.
28. Golden State Warriors: Patrick Baldwin Jr., Milwaukee
A top-10 participant popping out of highschool in 2021, Baldwin had presents from prime faculties, together with Duke, however determined to play for his dad at Milwaukee. He has a fantastic shot however made simply 26.6% on 3s and accidents restricted him to 11 video games. He has nice dimension for a capturing wing at 6-9, and he ended up in an ideal spot the place he’ll be taught from a championship crew and an impressive participant improvement employees.
29. Memphis Grizzlies: TyTy Washington, Kentucky
Washington has lottery expertise however there was not a fantastic marketplace for level guards. A superb table-setter who can provoke the offense and create photographs for others, Washington has the passing instincts and imaginative and prescient to probably flourish within the unfold pick-and-roll units which are an enormous a part of NBA offenses. At 6-3, 200 kilos, he also can play capturing guard however letting him play level within the NBA is the place he’ll succeed. Washington averaged 12.5 factors and three.9 assists and shot 45.1% from the sector.
30. Denver Nuggets (from Oklahoma Metropolis): Peyton Watson, UCLA
Watson has intrguing potential as a defensive prospect along with his rangy body (6-8, 7-0 wingspan, 203 kilos). Add in his quickness and athleticism, and Watson has an opportunity to make an affect early as a defender. He wasn’t requested to do a lot offensively as a freshman for a veteran UCLA crew, so he is one thing of a clean slate on that finish. The Nuggets, who’re buying Watson in a commerce, can afford to carry him alongside slowly.
31. Indiana Pacers (from Houston by way of Cleveland): Andrew Nembhard, Gonzaga
32. Orlando Magic: Caleb Houstan, Michigan
33. Toronto Raptors (from Detroit by way of San Antonio, Washington and Chicago): Christian Koloko, Arizona
34. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder: Jaylin Williams, Arkansas
35. Los Angeles Lakers (from Indiana by way of Milwaukee and Orlando): Max Christie, Michigan State
36. Detroit Pistons (from Portland): Gabriele Procida, Italy
37. Sacramento Kings: Jaden Hardy, G League Ignite
38. San Antonio Spurs (from L.A. Lakers by way of Chicago and Washington): Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee
39. Cleveland Cavaliers (from San Antonio by way of Utah): Khalifa Diop, Senegal
40. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Washington by way of Cleveland): Bryce McGowens, Nebraska
41. New Orleans Pelicans: EJ Liddell, Ohio State
42. New York Knicks: Trevor Keels, Duke
43. Los Angeles Clippers: Moussa Diabate, Michigan
44. Atlanta Hawks: Ryan Rollins, Toledo
45. Charlotte Hornets: Josh Minott, Memphis
46. Portland Path Blazers (from Brooklyn by way of Detroit): Ismael Kamagate, France
47. Memphis Grizzlies (from Cleveland by way of New Orleans and Atlanta): Vince Williams, Virginia Commonwealth
48. Minnesota Timberwolves: Kendall Brown, Baylor
49. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Chicago by way of Memphis, Detroit and Sacramento): Isaiah Mobley, USC
50. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Denver by way of Philadelphia): Matteo Spagnolo, Italy
51. Golden State Warriors (from Toronto by way of Philadelphia): Tyrese Martin, UConn
52. New Orleans Pelicans (from Utah): Karlo Matkovic, Bosnia and Herzegovina
53. Boston Celtics: JD Davidson, Alabama
*54. Milwaukee Bucks (forfeited): Yanni
*55. Miami Warmth (from Philadelphia by way of Denver; forfeited by Miami)
56. Washington Wizards (from Dallas)
57. Golden State Warriors
58. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Miami by way of Indiana)
59. Portland Path Blazers (from Memphis by way of Utah)
60. Indiana Pacers (from Phoenix)
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