Looking at every of the 58 picks and first-round evaluation

The NBA will welcome its latest class of rookies to the league Thursday night time throughout the 2022 draft from Barclays Heart in Brooklyn.

Draft night time is all the time a time for trades, and this 12 months is predicted to be no completely different. There have been already some trades within the hours earlier than the draft. The highest three picks could possibly be pretty predictable, however issues might actually get wild in the course of the lottery via the primary spherical. A number of groups had a number of first-round picks and extra draft capital to swing offers that would considerably alter the league’s panorama coming into the 2022-23 season.

USA TODAY Sports activities will recap the complete 2022 NBA draft with all 58 picks (two second-round picks had been forfeited), plus pick-by-pick evaluation from Jeff Zillgitt, Cydney Henderson, Matt Eppers and Larry Starks on every of the first-round alternatives.

The 2022 NBA draft class poses for a photograph with commissioner Adam Silver earlier than the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Heart.


1. Orlando Magic: Paolo Banchero, Duke

The Magic need assistance on the offensive finish. The group completed final season twenty eighth in efficient discipline purpose proportion, twenty eighth in free throw price, twenty seventh in offensive rebounding proportion and twenty third in turnover price. Look no additional than Paolo Banchero, who can add versatility to the Magic’s offense along with his bodily instruments (measurement, power, velocity) and on-court expertise. He can move, deal with the ball, drive to the basket and end close to the rim and possesses stable footwork. He is simply probably the most NBA-ready participant among the many prime projected prime 5. The 6-10 Banchero averaged 17.2 factors on 47.8% capturing from the sector, along with 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists and 1.1 steals in his solely season at Duke, which marked Mike Krzyzewski’ last season.

2. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder: Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga

Holmgren has immense potential, with a formidable all-around skillset for a contemporary NBA large man. Together with his elite rim safety and shot-blocking, he fills a right away want for the Thunder as an inside defender. He has a flexible offensive recreation and has proven the flexibility to deal with the ball, shoot from the surface and end on the rim. Holmgren might want to add power to achieve his peak on offense, however the Thunder may give him time to develop behind prime choices Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey.

3. Houston Rockets: Jabari Smith, Auburn

Smith was extensively anticipated to the No. 1 decide however as a substitute went No. 3. He solely labored out for the Magic and the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder. Smith averaged 42% on his 3-pointers (5.5 makes an attempt), which might make him a superb slot in Houston. At his measurement his, he’s tough to defend. And he was additionally a high quality defender at Auburn.

4. Sacramento Kings: Keegan Murray, Iowa

With a degree guard in place with De’Aaron Fox, the Kings bypassed Jaden Ivey and took Murray, an environment friendly wing scorer. Murray, who improved important from his freshman to sophomore seasons, averaged 23.6 factors, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks per recreation whereas capturing 55% from the sector and 39.8% on 3-pointers. Murray, 21, is without doubt one of the oldest lottery picks and will have a right away affect for Sacramento. Like Banchero, Murray is NBA-ready.

5. Detroit Pistons: Jaden Ivey, Purdue

Ivey solely labored out for the Pistons and Magic. He makes use of his velocity his to blow by defenders, who can have a tough time slowing Ivey down in transition. He can explode into the lane just like Ja Morant and has the bounce to complete. The son of Niele Ivey, the ladies’s basketball coach at Notre Dame and a former ladies’s faculty champion.

6. Indiana Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

One of many largest risers within the months main as much as the draft, Mathurin has the capturing contact and measurement to fill a 3-and-D position on the wing for the Pacers. Mathurin shot 42% from 3-point vary in his last 12 months at Arizona and flashed good velocity and athleticism. He can play off the ball subsequent to Tyrese Hailburton and Chris Duarte, whereas serving to increase a Pacers offense that was 18th in effectivity and twenty fifth in 3-point capturing.

7. Portland Path Blazers: Shaedon Sharpe

Sharpe is without doubt one of the largest mysteries within the draft. He enrolled at Kentucky in January, did not play a second for the Wildcats and as soon as he was dominated eligible for the draft, he entered. Whereas groups solely had highschool and AAU-type video on Sharpe, he’s a gifted scorer along with his bounce shot and on the rim. He’s an explosive leaper who likes to get out in transition and dunk. Wildcats coach John Calipari stated that if Sharpe returned to Kentucky subsequent season, he can be the No. 1 decide within the 2023 draft. As an alternative, he finally ends up the No. 7 decide and backcourt mate for Blazers star Damian Lillard.

8. New Orleans Pelicans (from Los Angeles Lakers)

9. San Antonio Spurs

10. Washington Wizards

11. New York Knicks

12. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder (from Los Angeles Clippers)

13. Charlotte Hornets

14. Cleveland Cavaliers

15. Charlotte Hornets (from New Orleans)

16. Atlanta Hawks

17. Houston Rockets (from Brooklyn)

18. Chicago Bulls

19. Minnesota Timberwolves

20. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto)

21. Denver Nuggets

22. Memphis Grizzlies (from Utah)

23. Philadelphia 76ers

24. Milwaukee Bucks

25. San Antonio Spurs (from Boston)

26. Houston Rockets (from Dallas)

27. Miami Warmth

28. Golden State Warriors

29. Memphis Grizzlies

30. Denver Nuggets (from Oklahoma Metropolis)


31. Indiana Pacers (from Houston by way of Cleveland)

32. Orlando Magic

33. Toronto Raptors (from Detroit by way of San Antonio, Washington and Chicago)

34. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder

35. Los Angeles Lakers (from Indiana by way of Milwaukee and Orlando)

36. Detroit Pistons (from Portland)

37. Sacramento Kings

38. San Antonio Spurs (from LA Lakers by way of Chicago and Washington)

39. Cleveland Cavaliers (from San Antonio by way of Utah)

40. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Washington by way of Cleveland)

41. New Orleans Pelicans

42. New York Knicks

43. Los Angeles Clippers

44. Atlanta Hawks

45. Charlotte Hornets

46. ​​Portland Path Blazers (from Brooklyn by way of Detroit)

47. Memphis Grizzlies (from Cleveland by way of New Orleans and Atlanta)

48. Minnesota Timberwolves

49. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Chicago by way of Memphis, Detroit and Sacramento)

50. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Denver by way of Philadelphia)

51. Golden State Warriors (from Toronto by way of Philadelphia)

52. New Orleans Pelicans (from Utah)

53. Boston Celtics

*54. Milwaukee Bucks (forfeited)

*55. Miami Warmth (from Philadelphia by way of Denver; forfeited by Miami)

56. Washington Wizards (from Dallas)

57. Golden State Warriors

58. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Miami by way of Indiana)

59. Portland Path Blazers (from Memphis by way of Utah)

60. Indiana Pacers (from Phoenix)

This text initially appeared on USA TODAY: 2022 NBA draft tracker: Each decide and first-round evaluation

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