Instant analysis of every choice

Instant analysis of every choice

1. Orlando MagicPaolo Banchero, PF, Duke

Banchero isn’t as agile and lacks the lateral speed that Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren have, but he has the most NBA-ready body at six feet and 250 pounds. The Duke attacker can go right next to Wendell Carter Jr. plugs in for some extra size and is comfortable to launch the attack as a primary ball handler of missed shots. Figure: A-

Holmgren in the frontcourt with 7-foot Aleksey Pokusewski will be a sight. General manager Sam Presti knows what he is doing and while Holmgren is a potential opponent, he is worth the risk with his advantage. Figure: A

3. Houston missilesJabari Smith Jr., PF, Auburn

Houston scored big in Smith’s landing. He is the most versatile big at the top of the draft and will fit well alongside Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. Smith didn’t work for the Rockets for the design. He is a huge pick for the Rockets as an inside-out option and a player who can defend positions 1-to-5. Figure: A+

It was clear that the Kings were heading for Murray at the start of the week. He had strong training with them leading up to the draft and is a nice addition to Davion Mitchell and De’Aaron Fox. The Kings haven’t had much luck drafting big games, but Murray’s hybrid role of taking out the wing to the post will bring versatility to the pitch. Figure: A

Ivey falling at number 5 is the best-case scenario for the Pistons. Ivey in the backcourt with former No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham is a strong combination and a Pistons fans should be thrilled. With Cunningham’s ability to create from the dribble and Ivey’s flashy finishes around the rim, this is a fun, talented duo on their way to Detroit. Figure: A+

6. Indiana PacersBennedict Mathurin, SG, Arizona

Mathurin is a plug-and-play guard who can influence the offensive end of the field with his playmaking and versatility. He’s not the best 3-point shooting guard in the draft, but he has a high release and can shoot and go over the defense with his 6-foot-6 frame. He is a great secondary asset to Tyrese Haliburton and Malcolm Brogdon. Figure: B-

The NBA draft class of 2022 from left to right: Blake Wesley, Walker Kessler, Jaden Hardy, Tari Eason, Jalen Williams, Jalen Duren, AJ Griffen, Dyson Daniels, Johnny Davis, Jabari Smith, Bennedict Mathurin, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivy, Paulo Banchero, Shaedon Sharpe, Jeremy Sochan, TyTy Washington, Keegan Murray, Ochai Agbaji, Ousmane Dieng, Malaki Branham, Mark Williams, Marjon Beauchamp, Nikola Jovic.

The NBA draft class of 2022 from left to right: Blake Wesley, Walker Kessler, Jaden Hardy, Tari Eason, Jalen Williams, Jalen Duren, AJ Griffen, Dyson Daniels, Johnny Davis, Jabari Smith, Bennedict Mathurin, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivy, Paulo Banchero, Shaedon Sharpe, Jeremy Sochan, TyTy Washington, Keegan Murray, Ochai Agbaji, Ousmane Dieng, Malaki Branham, Mark Williams, Marjon Beauchamp, Nikola Jovic pose for a group onstage at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, at 23 June 2022 (Tayfun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Sharpe is the draft’s biggest question mark and will need extra time to adjust to the NBA’s pace and distance after not logging a single minute in Kentucky. If the Trail Blazers were patient, Sharpe might have ended up in the perfect situation playing alongside Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons in the backcourt. Figure: B

Daniels grew 2 inches and reached 6-foot-8 by the end of the G League season. He can add some much-needed size to the Trail Blazers as a primary ball handler on the second unit or on the wing position with the starting rotation. Figure: B+

Sochan is a dynamic defender and can guard any position on the pitch with his height and athleticism. He still needs development on the attacking side of the ball but will see the early minutes off the bench for this Spurs side. Figure: A-

Davis is one of the most reliable guards in this draft, averaging nearly 20 points per game and making only two substitutions during his sophomore season in Wisconsin. The Wizards finally get Bradley Beal some help in the backcourt and Davis can be that secondary scoring option at the end of the shot clock. Figure: A-

11† Oklahoma City Thunder (via New York Knicks): Ousmane Dieng, F, NZ Breakers

Dieng improved greatly during his season with the NZ Breakers in Australia’s National Basketball League. He is still a very rough prospect, so the Thunder will have to be patient with his development. In a season or two, Dieng will be a very prolific wing with a large size of 6-foot-10. Figure: C

Williams was the biggest climber after the NBA draft combine, bringing some size to the wing with his 6-foot-7 frame and 7-foot-2 wingspan. Williams is a bit older at 21, but has the experience to jump right into the rotation. Figure: A

13. Detroit pistons (via trade): Jalen Duren, C, Memphis

Duren is one of the youngest players in this draft class, but has many advantages with his 6-foot-10, 250-pound frame already built. Duren ensures immediate presence on the job. Figure: A+

The Cavs need help on the wing with 3-point shooting and Agbaji fills that role nicely. He tested the NBA waters twice more and it paid off. He has proven himself more of a reliable 3-and-D man, working on his body and leading the Jayhawks to a national championship. Agbaji is a man the Cavs can instantly hook up with his experience and elite skills on the wing. Figure: A

The Hornets need some help in the frontcourt and Williams was one of the best rim protectors in the country last season. Williams stands at 7-foot-2 and has an impressive 7-5 wingspan. He has a great frame that he can still grow into and there is a lot of advantage to this young centre. Figure: A

16Atlanta Hawks: AJ Griffin, F, Duke

Griffin is the definition of positionless basketball. He can move between multiple spots with his 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame. Griffin had quite a few injuries during his young career, so he’s a bet that’s so high in the draft. If he can stay healthy, he might be a missing part of this Hawks team. Figure: B+

One of the best wing edge runners in this draft class, Eason specializes in chasing blocks, challenging edge guards and even dropping down with his 7 foot-2 wingspan to guard power forwards. A raw, athletic winger who loves to play above the rim, he will add excitement to this already young, fast-paced Rockets team. Figure: A

18Chicago Bulls: Dalen Terry, G, Arizona

Terry chose to stay in the design, which surprised many explorers. Its advantage is clear. A tall, athletic winger at 6 feet tall, he is a player who could be a major influence on this Bulls roster after a year or two of development. The Bulls got a great second round last year with Ayo Dosunmu and Terry can step into the secondary unit alongside Dosunmu. Figure: B+

19Memphis Grizzlies: Jake LaRavia, G/F, Wake Forrest

LaRavia is a solid role player and can play the stretch four and has all the tools to be a solid role player in the NBA. The Grizzlies have a permanent roster and took a safe, reliable wing in LaRavia. Figure: B

20San Antonio Spurs: Malaki Branham, G, Ohio State

Braham is a great size at 6-foot-5 and was the most improved player from the start of the college season to the end. He averaged 13.7 points, two assists and just 1.7 turnovers per game. Expect Branham to be in the second group from the bench to start the season, but with his size and the way he sees the floor, Branham could see with the starting unit a few minutes early. Figure: A

21Denver Nuggets: Christian Braun, G, Kansas

Braun was an integral part of the Kansas Championship last season. More than a three-point shooter, he has proven that he has the athleticism to be an effective NBA guard. Figure: C-

Kessler was the leading shot blocker in college basketball last season and moves well with his 7-foot-1 frame. The Cavs had success last year with both Isaiah Mobley and Jarrett Allen in the court, and Tm Connolly is making a similar move in his first year as president of basketball operations in Minnesota. Figure: B

23† Memphis Grizzlies: David Roddy, PF, Colorado State

Roddy moves better for his size and has a decent outside shot for the power forward position. He is a hard worker who is behind Stephen Adams and Jaren Jackson Jr. decent minutes on the couch. He is one of the older players in the draft and will bring a lot of energy to the Grizzlies squad. Figure: B-

24Milwaukee Bucks: MarJon Beauchamp, G/F, G League Ignite

A great 3-and-D guard with a good size of 6-foot-7. Beauchamp continues to develop his 3-point jump shot and has a significant advantage entering the league after a season with the G League Ignite team. Figure: B+

Wesley is the first in the history of the Notre Dame program and while he has been a little inconsistent throughout the season, he has improved his jumper and added nine pounds of muscle during the prep process. Wesley is an underrated passer and has great body control around the rim. Figure: A

Moore Jr. tested the NBA waters last year and chose to return for another season working on his body and footwork. It paid off and he was the floor general for a really good Duke team. Moore Jr. will carry that leadership to Minnesota and should be a good backup. Figure: B

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