The preparations for the next season has commenced as the 2022NBA Draft went underway. These young players who have proven their skills at the collegiate levels will get a chance to play in the NBA for the teams. Of course as a player you have certain preferences on the team you want to showcase your skills for. But not everything goes your way but even getting drafted will get you one step closer to that goal.
Without much delay we shall be looking at the 2022 Draft Picks by order:-
No.1 Pick: Paolo Banchero to the Orlando Magic
The Orlando Magic had earned the 1st pick of the 2022 draft and with that they selected the Duke-Blue Devils Forward, Paolo Banchero. The freshman was a one and done lock as he had the tools that are needed in the NBA the most. Combined with his ability to defend on his own and his shooting prowess from the 3-point line, further puts him above his peers.
Most scouts rated him as the most NBA ready player in the draft as he put up averages of 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists per game in his only year in Duke University. With the plethora of young talents combined with who could possibly be the face of the franchise, hopefully the Orlando Magic don’t squander their future with their incompetence as a franchise who cannot develop their young players properly.
No.2 Pick: Chet Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder
The Oklahoma City Thunder with their 2nd pick drafted Chet Holmgren who could have gone No.1 as well. Holmgren played only a year as a freshman for Gonzaga University before taking his talents to the NBA. He played as a center but had the disposition of a forward with his smooth jumper and combined that with his ability to finish at the rim.
In his only year as a collegiate player, Holmgren put up averages of 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds, 3.7 blocks and 1.9 assists per game. His ability to block at the rim is a skill which every NBA team would want. The only redeeming factor would be his lanky frame. To play in the NBA with that body, you have to be as good as Kevin Durant else, he might be bouncing from team to team like Bol Bol is. Hopefully, the Thunder does their work in developing Holmgren properly as he is the best fit alongside Shae Gilgeous Alexander.
No.3 Pick: Jabari Smith to the Houston Rockets
Jabari Smith is another player who was supposed to be the No.1 pick of the draft. He is a two way player who also played only a year in college before considering for the NBA. He played for the Auburn University where he had put up averages of 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2 assists per game.
He plays well as a forward as he has worked his body well to fit in as a forward. The most upside of his game is his ability to defend. He can defend well and might turn into one of the most valuable two way players among his draft class.
No.4 Pick: Keegan Murray to the Sacramento Kings
Keegan Murray is one of the most promising talents of the draft as his draft stocks rose drastically over the course of just a single year in his college. He played in his college for 2 years where his averages of 7.2 points and 5.1 rebounds per game in his freshman year to 23.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per game in his sophomore year.
Having such a huge impact and improving his numbers in just a year gives a show of how he will be in the NBA. A Hard-Worker and a competitor! That’s the first thing about Keegan Murray that will come in your head. Let’s see the potential he will be bringing in the NBA with his work ethic.
No.5 Pick: Jaden Ivey to the Detroit Pistons
The pick for Jaden Ivey is a confusing one since Detroit already has Cade Cunningham playing as a point guard. If they want to form a backcourt of Jaden and Cade then that may work as both players style of play do not clash as much. With that being said, Ivey’s main attribute is his ability to create shots for his teammates along with his shooting.
For Purdue, Ivey played as a point guard averaging 11.1 points per game in his freshman year. That number rose to 17.3 points and 3.1 assists per game in his sophomore year after which he declared for the draft. Defensively, he is quick on his foot and can guard opposing player but he needs work in tht aspect to be usable in the NBA.
The remaining picks of the 1st round draft included:-
No.6: Bennedict Mathurin, Indianna Pacers
No.7: Shaedon Sharpe, Portland Trail Blazers
No.8: Dyson Daniels, New Orleans Pelicans
No.9: Jeremy Sochan, San Antonio Spurs
No.10: Johnny Davis, Washington Wizards
No.11: Ousmane Dieng, New York Knicks (traded to Oklahoma City Thunder)
No.12: Jalen Williams, Oklahoma City Thunder
No.13: Jalen Duren, Charlotte Hornets (traded to Detroit Pistons)
No.14: Ochai Agbaji, Cleveland cavaliers
No.15: Mark Williams, Charlotte Hornets
No.16: A. J. Griffin, Atlanta Hawks
No.17: Tari Eason, Houston Rockets
No.18: Dalen Terry, Chicago Bulls
No.19: Jake LaRavia, Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Memphis Grizzlies)
No.20: Malaki Branham, San Antonio Spurs
No.21: Christian Braun Denver Nuggets
No.22: Walker Kessler Memphis Grizzlies (traded to Minnesota Timberwolves)
No.23: David Roddy, Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Memphis Grizzlies)
No.24: MarJon Beauchamp, Milwaukee Bucks
No.25: Blake Wesley, San Antonio Spurs
No.26: Wendell Moore Jr, Dallas Mavericks (traded to Minnesota Timberwolves)
No.27: Nikola Jovic, Miami Heat
No.28: Patrick Baldwin Jr, Golden State Warriors
No.29: TyTy Washington Jr, Memphis Grizzlies (traded to Houston Rockets)
No.30: Peyton Watson, Oklahoma City Thunder (traded to Denver Nuggets)
These are all the 1st round picks of the 2022 draft. This may be how they entered the NBA but it isn’t a sureity that the legacy of the players would go as they are drafted. There are players in the draft who are hidden gems and their real potential come out in the NBA only. Let’s see what these young kids bring into the NBA and it sure is going to be fun to see the preview in the NBA Summer League.