NBA Draft 2022: Date, Selection Order, Lottery Predictions and Top ProspectsApril 11, 2022
The 2021-22 NBA season has come to an end, giving a third of the league the chance to start building toward the upcoming draft. While 20 teams will be gearing up for the playoffs, 10 of them have already turned the page to preparing for the future.
This year's draft class has a strong number of promising players but no consensus top prospect. While the top of the draft order has yet to be finalized, the teams with the best chances to pick in the lottery are already known.
Here, we examine the early draft picture, featuring the pre-lottery draft order, projected lottery prospects and a look at some of the players who could be under consideration for one of the top picks in the first round.
2022 NBA Draft Info
Date: June 23
Location: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York
Broadcast and Stream: ESPN, ABC (first round only) and WatchESPN
Lottery Date: May 17
Pre-Lottery Draft Order
1. Houston Rockets
2. Orlando Magic
3. Detroit Pistons
4. Oklahoma City Thunder
5. Indiana Pacers
6. Portland Trail Blazers
7. Sacramento Kings
8. New Orleans Pelicans (from LAL)
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Washington Wizards
11. Portland Trail Blazers (from NO)
12. New York Knicks
13. Atlanta Hawks
14. Charlotte Hornets
15. Oklahoma City Thunder (from LAC)
16. Indiana Pacers (from CLE)
17. Houston Rockets (from BKN)
18. Minnesota Timberwolves
19. Chicago Bulls
20. San Antonio Spurs (from TOR)
21. Denver Nuggets
22. Memphis Grizzlies (from UTA)
23. Milwaukee Bucks
24. San Antonio Spurs (from BOS)
25. Brooklyn Nets (from PHI)
26. Dallas Mavericks
27. Miami Heat
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Memphis Grizzlies
30. Oklahoma City Thunder (from PHX)
Draft order via Tankathon.
Projected Lottery Selections
1. Jabari Smith, PF, Auburn
2. Paolo Banchero, PF, Duke
3. Chet Holmgren, PF, Gonzaga
4. Jaden Ivey, PG, Purdue
5. Keegan Murray, PF, Iowa
6. Shaedon Sharpe, SG, Kentucky
7. Johnny Davis, SG, Wisconsin
8. Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
9. AJ Griffin, SF, Duke
10. Bennedict Mathurin, SF, Arizona
11. Ochai Agbaji, SF, Kansas
12. Dyson Daniels, PG, G League Ignite
13. Jeremy Sochan, PF, Baylor
14. TyTy Washington Jr., PG, Kentucky
Jabari Smith, PF, Auburn
Auburn swingman Jabari Smith is far from solidified as the top overall prospect, but he has the skill set to be in consideration by multiple teams at the top of the draft.
A 6'10", 220-pound sharpshooter, Smith connected on 42.0 percent of his three-pointers this past season to go along with averages of 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2.0 assists. He is also a versatile defender with a high motor, averaging 1.1 steals and 1.0 block.
Smith didn't start out the season in the conversation for the top pick, but his consistency on both ends of the floor helped move him up draft boards substantially.
"What seemed like flashes of shooting and mid-range scoring early in the season have become regular occurrences for Jabari Smith," B/R's Jonathan Wasserman wrote in January. "Scouts sound totally swayed by his consistent three-pointers and advanced rise-and-fire game inside the arc."
Smith will have to improve on his explosiveness when he gets to the next level instead of overly relying on jumpers. But his elite shooting and strong defense create a coveted combination for teams at the top of the draft.
Paolo Banchero, PF, Duke
Duke's Paolo Banchero is arguably the most polished scorer in this year's class and could challenge for the top overall pick.
At 6'10" and 250 pounds, Banchero has an NBA-ready body that allows him to play a physical style. He's a skilled shot creator who can cause nightmares for opposing defenders. He averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his lone season as a Blue Devil.
Banchero has the versatility to initiate the offense or be the primary finisher. His guard-like skill set at his size gives him the ability to set up his teammates as well as his own offense.
When Banchero is aggressive in looking for his shot, he has an array of moves he can rely on. From step-back jumpers to pull-up threes to powerful drives, there isn't much he can't do.
However, Banchero's defensive effort is questionable, at best. He has also shown the traits of being a ball-stopper on offense who slows the game down. While his scoring ability sets him apart from the rest of his peers, he has a way to go if he wants to be the top prospect.
Chet Holmgren, PF, Gonzaga
Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren might have the highest ceiling of any prospect in this year's class. If he reaches his full potential, he will be the next "unicorn" player who can dominate the NBA for years to come.
For now, however, Holmgren can be a defensive anchor while his offense develops at the next level. He will also need time to develop his 7'0", 195-pound frame.
Holmgren can finish lobs inside or splash shots from beyond the arc. He averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 1.9 assists and 3.7 blocks while shooting 60.7 percent from the field and 39.0 percent from deep.
While Holmgren will be in consideration for the No. 1 overall pick, it will likely come down to need. If a team at the top of the draft already has a young frontcourt, it will likely look elsewhere. But for the teams that have strong perimeter players in need of a co-star, Holmgren would be the perfect fit.