2022 NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Smith moves up to No. 2 to Thunder behind Chet Holmgren at No. 1 to Magic

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Smith moves up to No. 2 to Thunder behind Chet Holmgren at No. 1 to Magic

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Gonzaga

• Fr

• 7’0″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Orlando

PROSPECT RNK

2nd

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

14.1

RPG

9.9

APG

1.9

3P%

39%

The concerns about Holmgren’s slight frame are legitimate — but he’s such a unique prospect with incredible potential that Orlando should be uncomfortable passing on this 7-foot rim-protector who can also bounce it like a guard and reliably make 3-pointers. He has the highest ceiling in this draft and, for that reason, should be the first player selected.

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Auburn

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 220 lbs

PPG

16.9

RPG

7.4

APG

2

3P%

42%

Smith still needs to develop in lots of ways but he’s already a great shooter and switchable defender who plays with undeniable energy. If he doesn’t go first in this draft, it’s hard to imagine him slipping past Oklahoma City.

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

17.2

RPG

7.8

APG

3.2

3P%

33.8%

Banchero is probably the safest option at the top of this draft on account of his floor being so high. He’s a big, strong and skilled forward who could be an incredible building block in Houston alongside Jalen Green.

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Purdue

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Sacramento

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

17.3

RPG

4.9

APG

3.1

3P%

35.8%

Ivey is an explosive athlete who plays big and is capable of attacking the rim in a variety of ways. There are questions about whether he’s actually going to be a point guard in the NBA, but that shouldn’t matter much to a Sacramento franchise that should simply prioritize the best prospect available.

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Iowa

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

23.5

RPG

8.7

APG

1.5

3P%

39.8%

Murray is a switchable big who can guard in space and consistently make shots from the perimeter. What he does, at his size, is perfectly suited for the modern NBA and would fit well with a Detroit franchise trying to return to respectability with Cade Cunningham as the centerpiece.

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Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Indiana

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Even though he enrolled in January and was eligible to compete, Sharpe never played at Kentucky in part because the people around him wanted to protect his status as a projected top-10 pick. Unless he really bombs in workouts, it’s hard to imagine the explosive athlete going much lower than this considering he’s a gifted scorer with the physical tools to be a disruptive defender on the wing in Indiana.

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Arizona

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Portland

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

17.7

RPG

5.6

APG

2.5

3P%

36.9%

Mathurin was the star of Arizona’s team that won the Pac-12 and earned a No. 1 seed in the NCAA Tournament. The 6-6 wing is an impressive athlete and above-average shooter who would be a nice addition for a Portland franchise still building around Damian Lillard.

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 222 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

10.4

RPG

3.9

APG

1

3P%

44.7%

It took Griffin a little while to get comfortable at Duke because of a preseason knee injury that seemed to affect his ability to show his athleticism. But the five-star high school recruit, who is the son of NBA assistant coach Adrian Griffin, eventually showed glimpses of why he’s a lottery talent, mostly by proving to be a fantastic 3-point shooter who made 44.7% of his 4.1 attempts from beyond the arc per game.

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Memphis

• Fr

• 6’11”

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

12

RPG

8.1

APG

1.3

FG%

59.7%

Duren isn’t really the type of floor-spacing big franchises prefer these days, but he’s such a physical specimen and great athlete that there’s probably a place for him in the top 10 of this draft. At worst, he should be a terrific rim-running and rim-protecting center who alters shots, dunks everything and is good enough guarding in space.

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Kansas

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

18.8

RPG

5.1

APG

1.6

3P%

40.9%

I’m higher on Agbaji than most simply because I don’t understand what’s not to like about a 6-5 athlete who is a plus-defender on the wing and excellent 3-point shooter. Once you get past the top-tier prospects in this draft, the Kansas All-American makes as much sense as anybody and would provide Bradley Beal with a new teammate equipped to help from Day One.

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Wisconsin

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 194 lbs

Projected Team

New York

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

19.7

RPG

8.2

APG

2.1

3P%

30.6%

Davis went from a mostly anonymous power-conference player to a candidate for national player of the year in his sophomore season at Wisconsin. An ankle injury limited him down the stretch, but he showed enough as a shot creator and scorer before that to justify his status as a projected lottery pick.

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Dyson Daniels


SG

G League Ignite

• 6’6″

/ 175 lbs

PPG

11.3

RPG

5.9

APG

4.4

3P%

25.5

Daniels isn’t quite the prospect previous Ignite stars have been but is still a fascinating guard with size who can play with or without the ball. His jumper, at this point, is the biggest area of concern but shouldn’t prevent him from going in the lottery.

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Duke

• Soph

• 7’0″

/ 242 lbs

Projected Team

Charlotte

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

11.2

RPG

7.4

APG

0.9

FG%

72.1%

Williams, like fellow projected lottery pick Duren, is more of a traditional big than a modern big. But any franchise in need of a rim-protector and lob-catcher — like Charlotte — would have to consider him at this point in the draft.

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Ohio State

• Fr

• 6’5″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

13th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

13.7

RPG

3.6

APG

2

3P%

41.6%

Branham is a shooting guard with good size and great length who really flourished in the second half of the season. While shooting 41.6% from the 3-point line, the one-and-done standout became the Big Ten’s Freshman of the Year and a legitimate lottery option for his home-state franchise.

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Baylor

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Charlotte

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

9.2

RPG

6.4

APG

1.8

3P%

29.6%

Sochan is the rare sub-100 high school recruit who should be a one-and-done top-20 pick. His ability to guard multiple positions, and his potential as a shooter, are among the reasons he’s a tantalizing prospect and one of the most versatile players available in this draft.

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Santa Clara

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

9th

PPG

18

RPG

4.4

APG

4.2

3P%

39.6%

Williams has probably helped himself more in the pre-draft process than any other prospect. He’s a 6-6 wing who shot 39.6% from 3-point range for a Santa Clara team that finished third in the West Coast Conference.

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Ousmane Dieng


SF

France

• 6’9″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Dieng is a long and skilled prospect who still needs to develop but is worth a serious look anywhere outside of the lottery. He might not contribute immediately but definitely projects as an interesting long-term investment.

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Auburn

• Soph

• 7’1″

/ 245 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

39th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

11.4

RPG

8.1

APG

0.9

3P%

20%

Kessler was arguably the best defensive player in college basketball this season while averaging 4.6 blocks per game. He’s an incredible rim-protector with the potential to also develop into a comfortable perimeter shooter.

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Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

12.5

RPG

3.5

APG

3.9

3P%

35%

Washington mostly played off the ball in his one season at Kentucky but projects as a lead guard in the NBA. Ankle injuries limited him in the second half of the season — but the one-and-done Wildcat showed enough before he was hampered to solidify his status as a top-20 pick.

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Jaden Hardy


SG

G League Ignite

• 6’4″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

17.7

RPG

4.6

APG

3.2

3P%

26.9%

Hardy didn’t do much over the past year to help his draft stock — but he’s still a likely first-round talent capable of developing into a special scorer. Being drafted by a strong-cultured franchise like San Antonio would probably be the best thing for the trajectory of his career.

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Notre Dame

• Fr

• 6’5″

/ 181 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

33rd

POSITION RNK

10th

PPG

14.4

RPG

3.7

APG

2.4

3P%

30.3%

Adding a young athlete to the backcourt wouldn’t be the worst idea for a Denver franchise that needs to provide two-time MVP Nikola Jokic with more help. Wesley didn’t finish his one season at Notre Dame with consistently good performances but his upside is such that he’s worth a selection somewhere in the 20s.

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Tennessee

• Fr

• 6’0″

/ 171 lbs

Projected Team

Memphis

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

13.9

RPG

3.2

APG

4.7

3P%

38.3%

The possibility of Tyus Jones leaving via free agency might have Memphis in the market for a point guard. At this point in the draft, the best option would be Chandler — the Memphis-raised product who has won at every level and already possesses a close relationship with Grizzlies’ star Ja Morant.

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LSU

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 216 lbs

Projected Team

Philadelphia

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

16.9

RPG

6.6

APG

1

3P%

35.9%

Eason was a breakout star at LSU after transferring following a so-so first season at Cincinnati. He’s a versatile frontcourt option who can guard multiple positions and punish defenses in transition opportunities.

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Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Milwaukee

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

19.4

RPG

7.9

APG

2.5

3P%

37.4%

Liddell is the type of player who could help Milwaukee’s core — a core highlighted, of course, by two-time MVP Giannis Antetokounmpo — theoretically compete for another title next season. He’s undersized but effective and ready to contribute.

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Kansas

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 218 lbs

Projected Team

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

40th

POSITION RNK

13th

PPG

14.1

RPG

6.5

APG

2.8

3P%

38.6%

Braun is a wing with size who can guard his position, reliably make jumpers and finish in transition. He’s the type of prospect who could flourish with a San Antonio franchise that already has some other interesting young pieces.

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Arizona

• Soph

• 6’7″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

22nd

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

8

RPG

4.8

APG

3.9

3P%

36.4%

Terry wasn’t overwhelmingly productive in his two seasons at Arizona — but he showed enough, as a guard with great size, to place himself on NBA radars. He needs to develop in a lot of ways but would be an interesting fit for a Dallas franchise that just advanced to the Western Conference Finals.

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MarJon Beauchamp


SF

G League Ignite

• 6’6″

/ 199 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

45th

POSITION RNK

13th

PPG

15.1

RPG

7.3

APG

2.3

3P%

24.2%

Beauchamp is a 6-6 wing with a 6-11 wingspan who should be the third player from the G-League Ignite taken in the first round of this draft. The fact that he only shot 24.2% from 3 this season is a concern, but he does enough other things that impact winning to merit a guaranteed contract.

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Michigan

• Fr

• 6’8″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Golden St.

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

9th

PPG

10.1

RPG

4

APG

1.4

3P%

35.5%

Houstan declined an invitation to the NBA Combine, at which point speculation grew that he might have a first-round promise. His lone season at Michigan was largely underwhelming — but he’s still a talented wing with size in possession of an encouraging jumper, which automatically makes him a legitimate prospect.

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Baylor

• Fr

• 6’8″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Memphis

PROSPECT RNK

23rd

POSITION RNK

7th

PPG

9.7

RPG

4.9

APG

1.9

3P%

34.1%

Brown never really became more than a role player in his one season at Baylor, which is notable and somewhat concerning. But the 6-8 wing still has the physical tools to make him worthy of a late-20s pick by a Memphis franchise with so much young talent it can afford to take a big swing this deep in this draft.

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Nikola Jovic


SF

Serbia

• 6’10”

/ 210 lbs

Oklahoma City remains very much in rebuild mode with a young core of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Luguentz Dort and Josh Giddey. Adding an 18-year-old international prospect like Jovic to the franchise could be a nice long-term move.


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