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2022 NBA Mock Draft: Duke’s Paolo Banchero goes No. 1 based mostly on who’s more than likely to have the most effective professional profession

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 250 lbs

Projected Group

Orlando

PROSPECT RNK

third

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

17.2

RPG

7.8

APG

3.2

3P%

33.8%

Having the Duke star at No. 1 shouldn’t be a contrarian opinion. Banchero was the most effective freshman in faculty hoops final season, he led his staff to the Remaining 4, he has an NBA-ready physique, he has a litany of abilities and is likely one of the finest passing bigs on this 12 months’s draft. There has by no means been a second over the previous three-plus years the place his abilities did not translate/venture to being a beautiful mixture of old-school cellular massive and trendy play-thru energy ahead. He’s probably the most NBA-ready participant on this draft. Be it in dribble pull-ups, utilizing the publish, rim-running, coming off screens, catch-and-shoots or on cuts, Banchero is able to scoring in myriad methods. He is additionally obtained some contact across the rim that, mixed along with his physicality, makes him a troublesome matchup. The fullest package deal.

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Auburn

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 220 lbs

PPG

16.9

RPG

7.4

APG

2

3P%

42%

Barring harm (this stuff are at all times barring harm, in fact) the ground for Jabari Smith is a 10-year starter within the NBA. His dimension, body, capturing stroke, capturing vary and defensive potential make him extremely more likely to hit and hit massive. He checks primarily each field. The one motive I’ve him under Banchero is I really feel Banchero has extra it-factor than Smith, which is not to say Smith cannot get there. He is simply obtained extra room to develop. I would wish to see extra of a killer mentality late in video games, too. Nonetheless, Smith would look like probably the most bust-proof participant on this 12 months’s pool. If you happen to might construct an NBA Draft choose in a lab, Smith would in some ways be the mannequin.

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Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 200 lbs

All of us have to acknowledge one thing concerning the highest of this 12 months’s draft. The Banchero-Smith-Holmgren 1-2-3 might be how the draft will shake out, in some order, on Thursday night time. That mentioned, the possibilities of these three gamers (which is to say: three bigs) truly proving to be the three finest gamers from this draft is small. They every should be the place they’re projected, however deserve has nothing to do with how this can unfold within the years to come back. Not less than one participant exterior the highest three goes to leapfrog no less than a type of guys and wind up being higher. So, that is my arrow at midnight. Sharpe hasn’t performed aggressive basketball in nearly a 12 months. He is a complete gamble. There’s a lot there, although. Capturing, athleticism, explosiveness, gobs of potential. Some imagine he’d be within the No. 1 dialog had he performed at Kentucky. He did not. Perhaps it takes a 12 months or three. However perhaps we glance up in 10 years and he is an All-Star. Let’s swing massive.

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Arizona

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Group

Sacramento

PROSPECT RNK

seventh

POSITION RNK

third

PPG

17.7

RPG

5.6

APG

2.5

3P%

36.9%

Cannot reject his toughness, composure, magnetism to the rim and defensive upside. The ’22 lottery is wing-heavy as soon as you progress previous the three bigs. Mathurin ought to show able to being an incredible secondary playmaking possibility, and somebody who will develop right into a near-20-point-per-game scorer. I feel he winds up being as sturdy as just about anybody on this class. As a result of his decision-making is nice, he grades to me because the most secure wing this 12 months.

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Gonzaga

• Fr

• 7’0″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Group

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

14.1

RPG

9.9

APG

1.9

3P%

39%

I feel it is greater than affordable to venture no less than one of many massive three to not be a top-five participant on this class by the point we glance up in 2030 and take inventory of all that is occurred. I simply cannot carry myself to place any of them decrease than 5 on my listing. Since Holmgren’s nonetheless dogged by questions on his body and shelf life as a sturdy presence, I am going to choose him to be the worst of the three. Some NBA evaluators nonetheless imagine there is a shot he falls to fourth or fifth on draft night time. Some suppose he is going first. No person is aware of how that is going to go. I do not query his work ethic or love for the sport in any respect. I am unable to wait to see him within the NBA, however I feel he winds up as , however a bit inconsistent, trendy stretch-center.

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Purdue

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Group

Indiana

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

17.3

RPG

4.9

APG

3.1

3P%

35.8%

Prime-three athlete on this draft, a lead guard who’s going to have his alternative to develop into being a No. 2 man on a staff by the tip of his rookie contract. I feel his 3-point shot will get higher. I feel his protection will enhance. I feel he’ll be within the dialog to be Rookie of the 12 months, and I feel he’ll have a shot at making a couple of All-Star groups earlier than he turns 30. I do suppose his play shall be a bit sporadic, and for my part there have been instances when he wasn’t even the most effective participant on his staff final season.

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 222 lbs

Projected Group

Portland

PROSPECT RNK

ninth

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

10.4

RPG

3.9

APG

1

3P%

44.7%

If the NBA is headed to a spot on this decade the place capturing, someway, will get much more vital than the superior stage it is at in 2022, Griffin needs to be in a great place. He is obtained harm considerations and he is a bafflingly absent-minded defender, however his shot will most likely ultimately put him into the 3-point contest on All-Star Weekends. If he ever actually needs to place all of it collectively, he’ll do extra on All-Star Weekends than simply take part on Saturday nights. The upside is apparent, and his father performed (and now coaches) within the NBA. Quite a bit to love.

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Kansas

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Group

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

tenth

POSITION RNK

fifth

PPG

18.8

RPG

5.1

APG

1.6

3P%

40.9%

Nationwide champion. Straightforward to play with. Gotten higher yearly, has an incredible stroke, shall be a sensible and a hard-working teammate. Agbaji’s about to enter right into a 10-years-or-longer NBA profession. I do not suppose he ever rises to the extent of All-Star, however I feel he could have alternatives in his profession to be as invaluable to staff as, say, Mario Chalmers was throughout factors of his profession. (Let’s experience with a fellow Jayhawk to make the comparability that rather more translatable.)

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Duke

• Soph

• 7’2″

/ 242 lbs

Projected Group

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

seventeenth

POSITION RNK

third

PPG

11.2

RPG

7.4

APG

0.9

FG%

72.1%

Won’t ever be a do-it-all massive man, however has an opportunity to be a top-five defensive massive within the NBA. Perhaps it will not even take that lengthy. Williams is a rim-running drawback who can guard within the inside, rebound like hell and might be going to develop into an adept passing heart. He is a real heart, and it is onerous to see him increasing his recreation an excessive amount of from there, however his size, hand dimension, leaping skill and always-searching eyes will guarantee he will not bust.

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Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 243 lbs

Projected Group

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

fifth

PPG

19.4

RPG

7.9

APG

2.5

3P%

37.4%

I am rating the Ohio State product this excessive regardless of skepticism he’ll ever rise to the extent of constructing even one All-Star Sport. As a substitute, how about: three contracts or extra within the NBA whereas taking part in because the fourth-, fifth- or sixth-best participant on a roster for almost all of his profession. That sound good? Liddell has tempting potential to reliably guard 2s, 3s and 4s whereas additionally having admirable capturing contact, a nostril for rebounding and a giving sense to go the rock. Will possible be a match irrespective of who drafts him.

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Baylor

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Group

New York

PROSPECT RNK

eleventh

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

9.2

RPG

6.4

APG

1.8

3P%

29.6%

One of many breakout draft sleepers of the previous season. Sochan steadily grew from being a multi-year faculty participant right into a surefire draft choose, then first-rounder, and is now a viable lottery choice. Few gamers on this draft have the defensive upside he possesses. He is at all times transferring, at all times nagging opposing gamers. Can guard 4 positions on the NBA stage proper now, it appears. Plus, he is athletic sufficient to be helpful in quite a lot of offenses. Do not overthink it. He’ll play a very long time within the execs as a result of his battery is at all times working at full.

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Iowa

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 225 lbs

PPG

23.5

RPG

8.7

APG

1.5

3P%

39.8%

Had an incredible sophomore season that put him within the dialog for nationwide participant of the 12 months. An environment friendly participant with an incredible bounce shot. The explanation I’ve him decrease than most is my skepticism over the place he’ll land and the way he’ll be used within the NBA vs. the carte blanche strategy he thrived from final season at Iowa. I additionally suppose he is a smidge overrated defensively. That mentioned, I nonetheless suppose he turns into an NBA starter. Excessive-end comp I might see: Harrison Barnes.

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Wisconsin-Milwaukee

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 231 lbs

Projected Group

Charlotte

PROSPECT RNK

twentieth

POSITION RNK

seventh

PPG

12.1

RPG

5.8

APG

1.5

3P%

26.6%

The letdown, injury-plagued one-and-done season at Milwaukee will forestall Baldwin from being taken within the prime 20, however there’s an opportunity this turns into a Michael Porter Jr.-type state of affairs. Baldwin has lengthy been a confirmed offensive commodity with dimension, an incredible capturing stroke and good basketball IQ. The largest query he has to reply is whether or not he’ll embrace and overcome on-court adversity. This may very well be a gradual prepare dinner, however I anticipate him to develop right into a long-term NBA starter, as long as he would not again down from competitors.

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Santa Clara

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 209 lbs

Projected Group

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

twenty first

POSITION RNK

sixth

PPG

18

RPG

4.4

APG

4.2

3P%

39.6%

Too athletic, rangy, defensively sound and offensively dynamic to not stick for years and years in the most effective basketball league on this planet. The primary NBA pick of Santa Clara since Steve Nash, Williams’ rise prior to now three months has been as aggressive as any prospect on this class. His skillset interprets simply from faculty to execs, and he is most likely solely 65% of the participant he is able to rising into. That is why he’ll go within the prime 20. Potential is immense. Groups have fallen in love with him because the mix.

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Auburn

• Soph

• 7’1″

/ 256 lbs

Projected Group

Charlotte

PROSPECT RNK

thirtieth

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

11.4

RPG

8.1

APG

0.9

3P%

20%

Watch Kessler develop into an instance of how a “conventional” massive can nonetheless have a task within the NBA. He would possibly even assist redefine the idea. I anticipate he’ll be among the finest defensive facilities within the recreation by the point his second contract rolls round. He is additionally obtained good kind and can be capable of rating from past eight toes. Whereas he is projected as a first-round choose, too many are nonetheless a smidge too low on him. What he brings on each ends is apparent, and unlikely to fail.

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Dyson Daniels


SG

G League Ignite

• 6’8″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Group

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

eighth

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

11.3

RPG

5.9

APG

4.4

3P%

25.5%

My highest grade for any participant who did not play in faculty final season. Daniels was a G League standout in 2021-22. The Aussie can be a top-10 choose if he was an environment friendly scorer. He is a stud defender and extremely developed for his age. He lacks a giant burst, however his penchant for passing in transition and the halfcourt ought to make him rotation piece for a very long time. The G League competitors should not maintain him again an excessive amount of, however the pattern dimension most not too long ago is simply 29 video games.

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Memphis

• Fr

• 6’11”

/ 250 lbs

Projected Group

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

12

RPG

8.1

APG

1.3

FG%

59.7%

Ever-present lob menace, nice rebounder, sturdy participant who has bodily developed at an alarming charge for his age. I am unable to put him within the prime 15, although, as a result of at this stage there’s not quite a bit to recommend he’ll be a contemporary 5 in some ways. He must go to the suitable staff and with a coach who is aware of methods to use him successfully. Duren has big-time power, dependable presence within the paint and may even do some defensive switching. I am undecided how a lot he’ll be utilized in an NBA offense, although.

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Ousmane Dieng


SF

France

• 6’9″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Group

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

sixteenth

POSITION RNK

4th

Watching his tape, he seems extra 6-9 than 6-10 to me, however there is definitely sufficient right here to warrant top-20 projection. He is rubbery on protection, understands spacing, can be utilized in just about any assist state of affairs. Offensively, Dieng by no means will get tunnel imaginative and prescient. He is vulnerable to the skip go, performs nicely each on and off the ball. At his dimension, he is perimeter shooter and may also get to the lane with dribble creation, which turned extra distinguished as his NBL season went on.

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Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’4″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Group

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

twelfth

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

12.5

RPG

3.5

APG

3.9

3P%

35%

Great capturing contact from the mid-range. Washington’s skill to get into the lane and make the most of pick-and-roll scheming is what is going on to securely get him drafted within the first spherical. He is a smidge undersized, and I do not know if he’ll be capable of be a starter for extra years than not, however I do like his possibilities of being secondary possibility on the level for years to come back.

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Wisconsin

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 196 lbs

Projected Group

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

fifteenth

POSITION RNK

third

PPG

19.7

RPG

8.2

APG

2.1

3P%

30.6%

If you happen to’ve been scrolling and considering I forgot Davis, concern not. I am unable to stress this sufficient: all these mock drafts you have been studying which have plenty of sameness to them? They’re going to in lots of regards wind up being flawed (and that is to be anticipated). So many guys will ultimately show they had been taken too late or too early. With Davis, I am going to aspect with the too early camp. He was a school stud (I beloved him at Wisconsin), however I am going to promote him being a lottery-level worth in the long term as a result of I am projecting that the hole between faculty and the NBA shall be a major one for somebody who wasn’t an distinctive shooter, is not an elite athlete and had issues with a few of his decision-making. This can be a like-don’t-love state of affairs for me.

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Gonzaga

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 193 lbs

Projected Group

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

66th

POSITION RNK

seventh

PPG

11.8

RPG

3.4

APG

5.8

3P%

38.3%

The scale, passing acumen and total basketball IQ make Nembhard a no brainer first-round grade for me. At Gonzaga he was constantly overshadowed by the likes of Drew Timme, Jalen Suggs and Chet Holmgren, however the Bulldogs wouldn’t have rated as a top-two staff in faculty hoops the previous two seasons if not for Nembhard’s steadiness. Probably the most essential factor for Nembhard shall be to turn out to be a reliable shooter on the second and third stage. I am banking on that taking place.

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Arizona

• Jr

• 7’0″

/ 221 lbs

Projected Group

Memphis

PROSPECT RNK

thirty ninth

POSITION RNK

sixth

PPG

12.6

RPG

7.3

APG

1.4

FG%

63.5%

It will be onerous to argue there have been three or 4 defenders extra versatile final season than Koloko. He’ll by no means be an all-around massive who’s able to performing as a top-two or perhaps top-three participant on a roster, however his defensive upside is so large, he needs to be thought of for the worth he’ll carry there. The extra I look again on his Arizona profession, the extra it appears clear he was scratching the floor. If the suitable group develops him, Koloko will develop right into a full-time starter by his third season. The actual fact he would not have a midrange or exterior shot is why he has a second-round grade for many. Take him for who he’s, and never what he is not.

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Duke

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 217 lbs

Projected Group

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

twenty ninth

POSITION RNK

eighth

PPG

13.4

RPG

5.3

APG

4.4

3P%

41.3%

A gentle three-year riser at Duke, Moore picked the suitable time to depart. His 3-point capturing jumped from 30% to 41.3% this previous season. He is a profession 81.4% foul shooter, and has lead guard attributes with 6-5 dimension. He needs to be receiving extra first-round prognostication. Few on-ball defenders taking part in guard or wing final season had been as game-over-game dependable as Moore, who bolstered his repute by hardly ever committing dangerous fouls or racking up time on the bench attributable to foul bother. A mature participant with a lot good to his recreation, it is easy to see how he’ll discover a place and certain stick round within the NBA for a very long time.

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Jaden Hardy


SG

G League Ignite

• 6’4″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Group

Milwaukee

PROSPECT RNK

twenty third

POSITION RNK

seventh

PPG

17.7

RPG

4.6

APG

3.2

3P%

26.9%

A tricky projection. Hardy was not environment friendly final season whereas taking part in for G League Ignite. He shot simply 26.9% from 3 and 37.9% from 2 in 25 video games. At 6-4, his dimension is simply on the cusp of being sufficiently big to warrant franchises giving him a first-round grade. He has wingspan and has clearly proven an understanding of methods to use pick-and-roll to use defenses along with his playmaking skill and good-not-great jumper. He is a venture, however the instruments are there to develop into an off-the-bench combo guard.

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Nikola Jovic


SF

Serbia

• 6’10”

/ 210 lbs

Projected Group

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

twenty seventh

POSITION RNK

seventh

Too tall and expert to not have a first-round grade on. The tempo and physique motion along with his dribbling and step-back jogs my memory of Michael Porter Jr. Jovic hails from Serbia — the land of two-time reigning MVP Nikola Jokić. Jovic is an enchanting prospect. He performs only a bit sooner than he seems, is a bit lighter than his body belies and has a greater contact across the rim than it appears whenever you watch the tape. Expertise-wise, he is among the many finest this 12 months has to supply.

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Tennessee

• Fr

• 6’1″

/ 172 lbs

Projected Group

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

twenty second

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

13.9

RPG

3.2

APG

4.7

3P%

38.3%

The one factor stopping Chandler from being a top-20 man is the body. He is a 6-footer, which is what’s going to trigger him to fall on draft night time. In any other case, there’s quite a bit to like right here. He was a top-shelf level guard in his one-and-done season with the Vols. Magnificent athlete and somebody who’s perceived to be a conventional level guard on the subsequent stage. He’ll nonetheless be capable of rating some, the query is how a lot. I do suppose his dimension will limit him, and I am not bought on the staunchness of his capturing, however there may be zero debate as as to whether he is a top-30 (perhaps even top-20) expertise on this draft.

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USC

• Jr

• 6’10”

/ 240 lbs

Projected Group

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

57th

POSITION RNK

14th

PPG

14.2

RPG

8.3

APG

3.3

3P%

35.2%

Time to combine it up and take a couple of extra possibilities. Mobley’s brother is already trying like a long-term franchise-type participant with the Cavs. Isaiah isn’t going to be that, however I do suppose he’ll develop right into a useable and switchable 4-man who can create a little bit offense, be rebounder and is aware of methods to go in quite a lot of schemes. He is weak to going undrafted, however he’ll rapidly get snatched as much as a staff, and I feel he’ll go from Summer time League stud to ultimately discovering his method onto a roster. Would not shock me to see him bounce forwards and backwards from the G League initially, however by 12 months 5 or so, I feel he’ll have the body and offensive shrewdness to stay within the league.

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Khalifa Diop


C

Senegal

• 7’0″

/ 250 lbs

Projected Group

Golden St.

PROSPECT RNK

69th

POSITION RNK

tenth

This can be a deep reduce and Hail Mary-type projection. Diop performed in Spain and is projected on the again finish of the second spherical. He is a middle, however he is sturdy, lengthy, a bit uncooked, and with a 7-2 wingspan can develop right into a plus-PLUS defender. Actually good off of screens, good lob-catcher, understands methods to use his size and has helpful energy to his recreation. He additionally has promising foot instincts and hip fluidity. Lengthy-term play. Main upside.

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Connecticut

• Sr

• 6’6″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Group

Memphis

PROSPECT RNK

seventy fifth

POSITION RNK

twentieth

PPG

13.6

RPG

7.5

APG

1.9

3P%

43%

Having seen Martin play in individual many instances over the previous two years, that is my sleeper-in-plain-sight inclusion. He carries body for an NBA capturing guard. Martin shot 43% from past the arc final season and was nonetheless devoted sufficient to rebound at each ends. There are comprehensible considerations about his free throw and 2-point percentages. As a four-year participant, I would assure you he would not get a first-round grade from a single NBA staff. I’ll belief the expansion. He’ll turn out to be plug-and-play scorer and wind up as a top-30 producer by the tip of his profession.

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Colorado

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 214 lbs

Projected Group

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

forty seventh

POSITION RNK

14th

PPG

14.6

RPG

9.4

APG

1.2

3P%

34.6%

Walker has been getting some rave evaluations from a couple of groups behind the scenes. I am increased on him than most, as he will get my closing first-round grade right here (narrowly beating out Purdue’s Trevion Williams). Walker has a 7-foot wingspan on an NBA body and shall be a prototypical sub-in wing on the subsequent stage. He is an energetic rebounder and a pro-caliber defender who can equally play on- or off-ball with efficient resistance. There may be 3-and-D potential if he can show his shot is dependable off the catch.



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