The countdown to tonight’s draft has begun, with possibilities and action reverberating around the NBA. There’s still a lot of uncertainty surrounding the league as the draft draws near, with the Magic and Thunder working to cloud their intentions over the draft, and potential trades at several key points in the first half put various scenarios at play.
As usual, SI mocks aim to predict what the design would look like if it happened on a given day (which, as you may have noticed by now, happened today). These projections are heavily informed by intel from across the NBA and ongoing conversations with executives, scouts, and others around the industry, as well as my personal evaluation of the players, which in most cases date back several years.
Note that this is *not* a lead ranking: for that, see our latest Big Leaderboard. I will keep updating mocks throughout the day to account for new intel and any trades that may occur.
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1. Magic: Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn
Height: 6′ 10″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman On the same subject : East Baton Rouge Parish Receives $ 1 Million for New Mental Health Initiative.
On Thursday afternoon, the top three picks felt a little more certain, with Smith the likely pick here for the Magic. There was radio silence from Orlando for the entire pre-draft process, but it seemed no surprise, and Smith was viewed by many in the NBA as the draft’s best prospect. The Magic have put in extreme persistence—and basketball operations president Jeff Weltman is also considered a huge Holmgren fan—but signs continue to point to Smith as the top pick. The options significantly increase Orlando’s roster ceiling, and its versatility at either end of the floor gives the Magic incredible flexibility to move forward.
The Magic has some great pieces, including Franz Wagner, but doesn’t quite have a true focal point from which to rebuild them. Smith’s impeccable jump shot, versatility, high-energy defense and space to improve both physically and skillfully make him an amazing player to build on. He is a legit cultural setting player with his work ethic and demeanor, his powers are easy to translate, and he was able to accelerate to fame fairly quickly as he matures physically and becomes a more comfortable ball handler.
2. Thunder: Chet Holmgren, F/C, Gonzaga
Height: 7′ 0″ | Weight: 190 | Age: 20 | Freshman Read also : MLB praises CBD sponsorship as an important change for sports leagues.
With less than 24 hours until the draft, the general suspicion around the NBA remains that Oklahoma City will pick Holmgren at No. 2. The team behind the Thunder had prepared for the unexpected, and with the way OKC operates, they would be negligent. I haven’t found anyone in the league who is willing to name this key, and I still wouldn’t rule out Jaden Ivey or Paolo Banchero. But it feels like this is going to be Holmgren, who is considered welcome at the prospect of landing here. His unique skill, size and mobility are in line with the prospects the Thunder tend to favor, and they can be patient and have a playmaker on the roster who can help facilitate his growth as a goalscorer. The fit makes sense, but we most likely won’t find out what’s really going on here until Oklahoma City is in time.
Holmgren will face a pretty steep adjustment to the league’s physique, but has managed to escape his slender build at every stop. If he lives up to his promise as both a defensive anchor and a versatile offensive mover, the fit here is strong. Oklahoma City wants to play a large and skilled line-up, and he certainly fits the criteria, with a very rare combination of size and ball skill that will make him an interesting player to track down for years to come. He’s so unconventional that it’s easy to understand differences of opinion, but Holmgren’s positive side remains tantalizing.
3. Rockets: Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
Height: 6′ 10″ | Weight: 250 | Age: 19 | Freshman See the article : Democrats lobby for high-tech immigration reforms in the Innovation Act before Congress.
This pick is believed to be Banchero’s backstop, with a surprise decision ahead of this feeling unlikely on Thursday afternoon. Of the top three prospects projected, Banchero is the only one training for Houston, and he’s considered comfortable landing with the Rockets, who appear to be his backers. His unique blend of power, skill and passing punch makes him operate across floors as a playmaking fulcrum, and pairing him with Jalen Green in two-man situations offers plenty of creative possibilities. There aren’t many players his size for his level of coordination, and he should be able to make a lot of mismatches if used creatively.
Jumper Banchero comes and goes at times, but he’s had a strong freshman season overall and should be ready to help contribute to a team rebuilding soon. He’s not a rim protector, but some defensive issues with him are otherwise slightly oversold. The Rockets seem poised to give it a go with Alperen Sengun up front, though that may not be the ideal pairing as far as defense is concerned. Regardless, Banchero’s sense of scoring goals and finding team-mates should take him a long way, and if his shooting and defensive technique improves, there should be a season of All-Star caliber ahead.
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4. Kings: Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 225 | Age: 21 | Year Two
The Kings continue to discuss a possible trade involving this option, with various teams intrigued by the potential availability of not only Jaden Ivey, but also Murray at this venue. Sacramento has been listening, with the organization’s well-known interest in improving the roster and making the playoffs next season. It is very likely a trade could materialize as the draft draws near and the Kings start reducing their options. So this pick number becomes one of Murray and Ivey, but it could go well. The Pacers and Spurs are believed by rival teams to be Murray’s suitors, while the likes of the Knicks and Wizards are thought to be chasing Ivey in a swap situation.
While there are valid arguments for picking up Ivey based on his incredible bright side and figuring out, as I understand it, Ivey hasn’t made it for Sacramento and seems comfortable landing elsewhere. The Kings could certainly sign him, but they are also serious Murray fans, and there are options to back him up and bring him in. Murray has many advantages in his own right and divides the difference between winning now and building for the future. He’s good at almost everything, and the improved playmaking and jump shots will make him even more dynamic. Tim loves Murray’s serious, no-frills approach, and he fits perfectly in smaller markets. The floor remains Indiana at No. 6.
5. Pistons: Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 20 | Sophomore
As reported by ESPN, the Pistons traded Straw Grant to Portland on Wednesday for a return led by the lightly-protected 2025 Milwaukee first-round pick. The Pistons and Blazers also swapped the second round of the deal. The trade gave Detroit $43 million in free agency entry limits. Although not a sure thing Ivey is available at No. 5, the Pistons would be happy if he crashed here. This would lock in their long term backcourt plans with Cade Cunningham and immediately make them a more dynamic offensive team. If Ivey leaves earlier than this, keep an eye out for Bennedict Mathurin, known to be GM Troy Weaver’s favorite.
Detroit needs to get more athletic and amplify its attack as it builds a roster around Cunningham, and stands to benefit from the speed and firepower that Ivey has to deliver immediately. Ivey should soon be a force in transition and attack the paint with NBA distance, but he’s still perfecting his game as a playmaker and learning to defend with intent. His strength should take the pressure off Cunningham to create every shot, and vice versa, he will be able to make up for Ivey’s shortcomings in the half. Taken together, they could be one of the league’s best backcourts.
6. Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin, SG, Arizona
Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 210 | Age: 19 | Sophomore
It’s no secret around the NBA today that the Pacers are eyeing Keegan Murray heavily, with their preferred outcome being where he fell to No. 6. There was chatter on Thursday morning that the Pacers remained interested in trading up to No 4, and rival teams thought Murray would be their target. If they can’t find a deal, another player Indiana has been linked with the most is Mathurin, who looks poised to go off the board here. In an alternative scenario, if Jaden Ivey goes at No. 4 I think the Pistons could very well pick Mathurin ahead of Murray.
Mathurin has a strong pre-concept process and isn’t thinking about being on the board for long. He plays in the top 10. He’s still young for his second year and will soon be bringing some shots and physicality down the wing. He’s still developing his grip and playmaking and he could be a more consistent defender, and while that puts some teams off the hook, it also leaves a lot of room for improvement. As an elite athlete who can shoot on the move, Mathurin offers many advantages, and this choice is basically seen as the floor.
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7. Trail Blazers: Dyson Daniels, G/F, G League Ignite
Height: 6′ 7” | Weight: 195 | Age: 19
This choice has been a critical swing point in the draft, with the rest of the league waiting to see if Portland decides to strike a deal. As evidenced by Grant’s acquisition Wednesday from Detroit, the Blazers are trying to start their path back into the playoffs around Damian Lillard. Portland has signaled to other teams that they are happy to stand tall and make this choice, but I think the Blazers would be happy to strike for the right kind of deal, especially if their rumored interest in O.G. Anunoby is any indication. Rivals also continue to speculate about a possible swap with Oklahoma City, which would see Portland return to No. 12.
Should Portland stick with it, this feels like a clean landing place for Daniels, though it’s worth noting that the Blazers have done a lot of homework on Shaedon Sharpe and are also thought to be interested in Jalen Duren. Daniels is one of the more complete prospects in the draft and can help connect the needle between finding short-term relief and a sustainable transition to rebuilding. His sense and ability to initiate attacks and defend across floors would work well in tandem with Lillard. He seems destined to become a worthy playoff contributor with his versatility and wit, even if he doesn’t turn out to be a top shooter or goalscorer.
8. Pelicans (from Lakers): Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor
Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman
The intentions of the Pelicans in this place are difficult for other teams to read, as they do not have any areas of need defined in the roster and are also considered to be considering various trading opportunities. Whoever New Orleans recruits will be under no pressure to contribute immediately, and first-round picks will still come from the Lakers and Bucks. There is a case here for simply picking and taking the long view with prospects. This may be the very top of Sochan’s reach, but he has a lot of intangibles that the Pelicans have shown they value. His defensive tenacity and versatility will suit players who are already playing. If they keep this up, I’ll also keep an eye on Ousmane Dieng and Shaedon Sharpe, who fit the bill as lucrative development additions.
Sochan is one of the most attractive defenders in the draft, as a formidable and replaceable forward who supplies energy and attitude and plays a fearless style of basketball. His offensive play is more of a work in progress, but he’s a good ball handler and passer for his size, and there’s a pretty reasonable chance of him making a decent three-pointer. While there’s some what-if development here, there’s a lot to like, considering how advanced she is for her age from a feel point of view.
9. Spurs: Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
Height: 6′ 11″ | Weight: 250 | Age: 18 | Freshman
With options 20, 25 and 38 also in hand, Spurs are in a flexible position here, able to take whoever they like best and focus on the possible positions later. In the absence of Dyson Daniels and Jeremy Sochan, the advantages of players like Shaedon Sharpe or Ousmane Dieng may be tempting, but San Antonio could also turn to Duren here. This is the high end of his range, which is thought to end with Charlotte at No. 13, but he will likely be the first center recruited. Spurs appear open to finding long-term solutions up front, and Duren’s youthful talent and physique make it an attractive development proposition as someone who can shore up the interior at both ends.
While Duren is more of a traditional centre-half, he has traction as a long-term piece worth developing, especially as one of the youngest players in the draft. He’s a strong jumper with a mature frame, good hands and feet, and some untapped skill potential. Tim has long been concerned about his inconsistent bike and his sometimes questionable instincts, but if he puts it all together he could become a top echelon player in his position, if perhaps not a true star.
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10. Wizards: Johnny Davis, SG, Wisconsin
Height: 6′ 5” | Weight: 195 | Age: 20 | second year student
The Wizards continue to explore trading options with this option and have shown an interest in increasing their backcourt as they look to increase the roster around Bradley Beal. They’ve been considered a team interested in trading for Jaden Ivey, but realistically there might not be enough to offer to actually get that high. Nor would it be surprising to see Washington withdraw or exit the draft entirely, depending on what caliber of players they can get their hands on in that type of deal. But Davis makes a lot of sense if he’s available here as someone who can help make ends meet and provide the kind of extra scoring and playmaking that Wizards can take so badly off of.
Davis took a big leap last year and became one of the best players in college basketball, all while playing through injury and in a structured Wisconsin system. He boasts an unbelievably adept mid-range touch that the team hopes will result in more consistency from within, and his rapid development suggests more room for growth, given how seriously he takes his craft. Although he could slip a little, it was hard to see him fall from the lottery completely.
If they stay, Sharpe’s scoring prowess, athleticism and exciting potential to create shots could make it a value proposition too strong to pass up.
11. Knicks: Shaedon Sharpe, SG, Kentucky
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 19 | Freshman
The Knicks have been popping up everywhere as a possible trading candidate, but right now it seems more plausible that New York will trade back from here rather than go up the board. Also: in yesterday’s column, I noted that it looks like the Knicks will re-sign Mitchell Robinson rather than go for the big one. Based on what I’ve heard since then, I’m going to change my stance a bit on that: I really thought it was possible New York could keep Robinson and keep centering, in order to create depth in the position moving forward. . Whether that’s actually a good idea or not is entirely fair to ask, but I wouldn’t rule out Jalen Duren if he were here on the board at No. 11. But I also think the Knicks would be completely crushed if Sharpe and A.J. Griffin is both on board here, which remains a possibility.
Sharpe’s training has been a hot topic in the league for the past few weeks, and while the team appreciates his willingness to compete with other prospects in a three-on-three setup, the feeling I get is he hasn’t moved enough. to strengthen the place at the very top of the draft. Tim has expressed concern about his bike and the fact he doesn’t record many high-level minutes, and Sharpe hasn’t necessarily eased the problem behind the scenes. But he remains a potential trading target for teams looking to move into the 6-to-8 range, and can definitely hear his name being called higher than this. The bright side may be hard to pass on to New York.
12. Thunder (from Clippers): Ousmane Dieng, F, New Zealand Breakers (France)
Height: 6′ 9″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 19
Dieng has been one of the hot names floating around as the draft draws near, with some chatter circulating that he might sneak into the top 10. Thunder would likely be happy if he was available here. But it’s also possible that Oklahoma City will move up from here to the top 10, with Portland No. 7 choose a potential place to ride. As mentioned in yesterday’s column, Shaedon Sharpe and Dieng are suitable as potential targets. Oklahoma City is also thought to be interested by Jeremy Sochan, who could also go off the board with a No. 12.
Although Dieng is not yet ready to contribute at a high level, the combination of his young age, size and skill level helps set him apart and shows an untapped positive side. He exhibits strong passing and shooting skills, and his all-around type of winger is always in demand. Some teams have valid questions about their athleticism and are a little concerned about how small their positive game sample size is. But if you can afford to give Dieng time, this is an option that can pay off.
13. Hornets: A.J. Griffin, G/F, Duke
Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 18 | Freshman
The Hornets held the key to the back half of the first half and were considered considering various possible trades involving this pick and No. 15. The Hornets remain unlikely to use both, with other teams having expressed interest in moving up. Charlotte’s need for a long-term center is well-known throughout the league, and if they don’t get it any other way, one of these two options will probably be the landing ground for Jalen Duren or Mark Williams. Theoretically, if the Hornets kept 13 and traded 15, they could prioritize one center here. But if Duren leaves early, that means at least one of the trio of Griffin, Johnny Davis and Shaedon Sharpe will fall for Charlotte here, all of whom should receive strong consideration as the top prospects available. Jalen Williams is the dark horse for this choice and can figure that out too.
So depending on what the Hornets do on the trading front, they could choose between one of those guys and Mark Williams. In a world without a trade, they could take the wings, let the Cavs choose, and then pick Williams at No. 15. But it’s not that simple. Griffin has become a potential value option, considering he is only 18 years old and one of the best three-pointers in his class. There were times where he seemed physically confined to Duke, especially on the defensive side, but the hope was that Griffin would improve his body and end up physically closer to where he was a few years ago. He likely wouldn’t fall any further than this.
14. Cavaliers: Jalen Williams, G/F, Santa Clara
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Junior
It was well known in league circles that the Cavs were suitors for Ousmane Dieng, but it seemed increasingly unlikely he would actually make it to their No. 14. Rival teams speculate that Cleveland could try to move up the board and pick him. , but they may have to overtake Oklahoma City to do so. Otherwise, given the Cavs are up front with Evan Mobley and Jarrett Allen, it’s likely to be targeting the best perimeter talent on the board. There is a need here for a winger who can play for teammates and shoot, and Williams fits that description. It’s easy to imagine him fitting in anywhere, and he’s attracted interest from teams that voted higher than this spot.
Williams ended the college season as a prospect that many teams hoped would fly under the radar, but after merging, the entire league had caught on, and its shares skyrocketed. His versatility, length and ability to play on and off the ball should allow him to quickly rotate. He had a very strong predraft process across all accounts, and there was a real chance he could sneak into the lottery, perhaps higher than this.
15. Hornets (from Pelicans): Mark Williams, C, Duke
Height: 7′ 2” | Weight: 240 | Age: 20 | second year student
As mentioned earlier, it looks like the Hornets may not be exercising either of their picks in their teens, with the possibility of either retreating or dropping out on the table. But hope remains that they might make a big profit in one of those places. Williams projected as a reliable rim protector due to his athleticism and sheer size, and his lunchtime approach to rim running duties gradually earned him the favor of scouts. He’s big, he’s not clumsy, and he’s considered an above-average two-way player, though his lack of jumpers and potential for defensive struggles in space may limit his upside. He fits perfectly in Charlotte, where he will be the recipient of the lob from the LaMelo Ball and help stabilize defenses.
16. Hawks: Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Freshman
The Hawks continue to consider trading opportunities and have linked up with a draft pick as high as the Sacramento No. John Collins, Clint Capela and Kevin Huerter have all emerged as possible trades, especially Collins, who is one of the most publicly known talent players available on the market. If Collins is moved and the Hawks stick with this, I’ll keep an eye on Eason’s Dance as an option. Otherwise, Atlanta primarily hooked up with the keeper, with their eye on adding a bigger, athletic ball handler to pair with Trae Young.
Wesley didn’t have much high-level experience prior to college, so he was at an early point in his development and had shown some flashes of brilliance. He’s still pretty raw and his profile is better as a score combo keeper than his actual points, but he does a pretty good job dealing with Notre Dame fouls, all context considered. He must become a more effective catch-and-shoot player and sharpen his decision-making to make the transitions smooth. The range starts from No. 16 and likely ended up somewhere in the early 20s.
17. Rockets (from Nets): Tari Eason, F, LSU
Height: 6′ 8″ Weight: 215 | Age: 21 | Second Years
Yes, the Rockets might take over at No. 3, but that might not stop them rolling the dice at someone like Eason here, as Houston is in a phase where they can and should throw as many developmental darts as they can. . The Rockets should be in a position of flexibility if they decide to keep this option, with No. 26 is now also in the top spot after trading Christian Wood to Dallas. Houston listed four rookies last year, and it makes sense they might not want to bring in another three, so it’s reasonable to think that this selection could still end up elsewhere.
Eason’s offensive productivity, analytic friendly profile and disruptive ability on the defensive will make him a perfect fit at Houston, where he doesn’t need to create much and can be tasked with wreaking havoc and playing with energy. He’s more of a work in progress than your typical 21-year-old prospect, and he has an acquired taste from team to team, being more concerned about his maturity and feelings than his skills. Eason’s impressive physique and breakthrough year power make him worth a long look in this range.
18. Bulls: Ochai Agbaji, SG, Kansas
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 215 | Age: 22 | Senior
As I understand it, the Bulls continue to engage in trading discussions around this option, with a number of teams interested in trading into their teens. The availability of unexpected plug-and-play prospects like Agbaji or Mark Williams could also keep Chicago from keeping him.
Agbaji would fit in here as a reliable shooter and defender who can open fire and play with his team-mates. He’s one of the more readily available contributors to the draft, having earned the respect of the NBA team with the jumps he’s made this season and his role in the Kansas title race. While he likely won’t make many fouls for himself, his three-pointer and low-maintenance play make him a pretty safe choice. Its reach begins at the end of the lottery and runs here into the teens.
19. Timberwolves: Wendell Moore, G/F, Duke
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 215 | Age: 20 | Junior
With Patrick Beverley nearing his mid-30s and into his contract year, Minnesota is thought to be interested in finding a young guard to flank Anthony Edwards. Given this is a thin draft point guard, one alternative is Moore, who can play the ball in a pinch to the same effect while also holding on to multiple positions. He has skills that are quite ideal for a modern role player and gradually wins the team with his consistent play.
Moore can be a valuable addition here, providing role versatility and strong instincts at both ends of the floor. He doesn’t have the profile of a goalscorer, but his unselfish passing, transition play and improved jump shots will help him carve out a niche to bolster star talent. Moore had a terrific first year, and his efforts were often underappreciated, but he was a winning player with an overarching type of play that suited well-established stars, two of whom had the Timberwolves at Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns.
20. Spurs (from Raptors): Malaki Branham, SG, Ohio State
Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Freshman
Bear in mind that the Spurs probably won’t use all of their options to pick a player, as they appreciate the flexibility to try to move in the draft. Having said that, this feels like as far as Branham can fall, and he would match San Antonio as a sneaky goalscorer. If the Spurs get a big win at No. 9, I hope they target the perimeter players later in the first half, and I wouldn’t rule out the possibility of combining No. 20 and 25 to go up from here.
Branham is one of the higher-rise prospects potentially available outside of the lottery, given his youth and current trajectory. He’s a little too small for the goalscoring wing and not very explosive, but he’s cunning, clever and has to shoot with precision. He was a pleasant surprise for Ohio State, and while it’s hard to expect him to step in early and help the team, he is a valuable development option in this range.
21. Nuggets: Dalen Terry, G/F, Arizona
Height: 6′ 7″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Year Two
The Nuggets have a strong core and can approach this draft creatively, having also picked up the 30th pick from Oklahoma City by trade. A playmaker as big and versatile as Terry will add a different dimension to a wide variety of perimeter players and help lubricate their attacks around their star. Terry played the pre-concept process well and has captivated the team with his size, passing and binding skills. He won’t be scoring many goals on a regular basis, but he is an athletic and creative player who excels on open court and should be a capable defender. Terry has time left to do and must develop as a jump shooter to maximize his value. He will need some patience, but seems to be on a good trajectory at the moment.
22. Grizzlies (from Jazz): Christian Braun, F, Kansas
Height: 6′ 7″ | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Junior
One thought I heard circulating ahead of the draft was that the Grizzlies would pick a more experienced and NBA-ready player at No. 22, and then makes a more development-oriented choice at No. 29. And while Memphis has made efforts to trade, the Grizzlies appreciate the draft, have picked up well in recent years, and perhaps they have made only two choices. Braun had made it into the first round, endearing himself to the team as a potential role player with his toughness, athleticism and defensive fortitude. There are mixed opinions about her shooting and her actual skill level, which influences how you ultimately feel about her merits. But his ability to play in transition and a high-energy style will suit Memphis, who may need to start reversing forward positions when Kyle Anderson reaches free agency and with Dillon Brooks a year away.
23. 76ers: Jake LaRavia, F, Wake Forest
Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 235 | Age: 20 | Junior
There is strong belief around the NBA that Philadelphia is finally trading this option, possibly attaching it to Danny Green or Matisse Thybulle as they seek to shore up their backers around Joel Embiid and James Harden, as well as potentially saving money. Considering Daryl Morey’s past distaste for using draft picks, it’s no surprise that others have opted here.
LaRavia seemed to attract a bit of attention and looked entrenched in the first round. His passing and off-ball intelligence is a widely useful strength, and he should be able to provide passable minutes on both fronts as a rookie. He endeared himself to the team over the course of the season with his competitiveness, efficient scoring and steady defence, building an analytics-friendly profile and gathering momentum as a potential first-rounder. LaRavia isn’t super explosive and won’t commit many fouls while dribbling, but he’s a smart passer and mover who can bring out the talent around him.
24. Bucks: Andrew Nembhard, PG, Gonzaga
Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 22 | Senior
The Bucks measure their options by this option, sources say, and have been named as candidates to trade or re-trade from this venue. They are looking for rookies closer to contributing, and are among the teams interested in Nembhard, who is one of the more NBA-ready options available in the thin point guard class. He is a playmaker who makes his teammates better, and whose size allows him to defend any of the backcourt positions in certain situations. He is one of the most experienced keepers in the class and should have his way as a long-term reserve in the league if he continues to make strides as a shooter. He could inherit the role of George Hill in Milwaukee.
25. Spurs (from Celtics): MarJon Beauchamp, SF, G League Ignite
Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 21
As mentioned earlier, the Spurs may not have actually listed all four of their draft picks, but in this scenario, they are taking the wings after taking the big and guard with the first two. Beauchamp stocks are on the rise of late, but he has enough fans in the league that he may still be off the board in his 20s. His athleticism and length would be a great addition from one’s bench, and he will walk into a stable situation where he won’t be asked to overestimate himself as a goalscorer. He’s prototypical in size and length on the wings, and if he can develop into a consistent shooter, there’s a good chance he’s a good 3-and-D rotational player. The fact Beauchamp is still a bit raw and inexperienced for his age has been a robbery for some, but he plays hard and looks a part.
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26. Rockets (from Mavericks): Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite
Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 19
Houston got this pick in trading last week that sent Christian Wood to Dallas, giving them the first three rounds to mess around. The Rockets should have a few options to think about with No. 17 and No. 26, and is considered open to trading this one. While one could argue that Houston already has too many scorekeepers, the Rockets tend to bet on talent, and developing another talented player like Hardy might be attractive. His stock has fluctuated a lot this year, but he ended the season on a positive note and has a lot to offer in the offensive end, especially if he can adjust his shooting options and be more efficient. He’s a talented shooter, has a great frame for his size, and it will help that he’s been tested by the G League. Hardy makes for a good value play in this draft range and provides enough merit here that it’s worth knowing about.
27. Heat: TyTy Washington, PG, Kentucky
Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 20 | freshman
The news around the league is that Washington could sit in the green room for a while tonight, with the Miami option seen as a potential soft landing spot, but not necessarily the floor. Reportedly he is not overwhelmed on the training circuit and could slip a bit. Despite the uneven first year, there is still some optimism around the Washington context, as he played through injury and the Kentucky keeper often fared better in the NBA. Still, he’s not a great athlete or too tall for a combo guard, and he’s a little polarized, considering that he’s old enough for a freshman. Washington could ultimately benefit from the fact that it’s a pretty thin guard draft, and he’s profiled as a potentially solid rotational option.
28. Warriors: Peyton Watson, F, UCLA
Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 19 | Freshman
While the Warriors have been exploring trading opportunities with this option, as mentioned earlier, on Wednesday it seemed more likely that Golden State would finally make a choice. Watson is the kind of skilled player with strong high school credentials that the Warriors usually like, and he comes with huge potential on the defensive side and a lot of advantages once you get to this part of the draft. The gloss faded a bit after Watson entered a projected year in the lottery and struggled to contribute much at UCLA, but there was certainly a team that saw her frame and mobility and were willing to ignore the bad context. A team like Golden State, which is using its G League affiliation effectively and has had several development success stories in recent years, can definitely see value in taking a chance.
29. Grizzlies: Patrick Baldwin Jr., PF, Milwaukee
Height: 6′ 10″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman
Rival teams say Memphis prefers to keep this choice in its various trading scenarios, giving them the opportunity to pick cost-controlled players in this draft range. Baldwin retains an acquired taste for his injury history and frustrating year in college, but continues to attract first-round interest based on his size and possible elite three-pointer. He should be able to stay healthy, improve his condition, regain his confidence and play strings together, but it’s hard to imagine things could get much worse for him than they did in college. The team has to understand the context and feel comfortable about actually making the jump. Baldwin’s athleticism, defense, and lack of physique have inspired concern, but there are only so many knockdown shooters his size, and most of them are worthwhile. The Grizzlies like to pick up discount brochures on players by their profile type.
30. Nuggets (from Suns): Nikola Jovic, F, Mega Basket (Serbia)
Height: 6′ 11″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19
Yes, Nikola Jovic going to the Nuggets would be a pretty funny coincidence. Denver acquired this pick (which originally belonged to Phoenix) from Oklahoma City last week, in a deal that also reduced JaMychal Green’s salary in exchange for a future first round. Adding a jumbo shooter like Jovic who could develop into more might be an interesting reverse game, although stocks have dropped a bit on the practice circuit. He has the appeal of a big forward with his perimeter skills, plus a sweet passing and jumper vision. He is also a below-average athlete and tends to be a defensive liability, which is a real problem for the team. As I understand it, Jovic intends to come to the NBA next season, so he won’t always be a stash choice.
31. Pacers (from Rockets): Walker Kessler, C, Auburn | So.
32. Magic: Justin Lewis, F, Marquette | So.
33. Raptors (from the Pistons): Bryce McGowens, SG, Nebraska | Fr.
34. Thunder: Jaylin Williams, C, Arkansas | So.
35. Lakers (from the Pacers): E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State | Jr.
36. Pistons (from Trail Blazers): Trevor Keels, G, Duke | Fr.
37. King: Josh Minott, F, Memphis | Fr.
38. Spurs (of the Lakers): Caleb Houston, F, Michigan | Fr.
39. Cavaliers (of the Spurs): Kennedy Chandler, PG, Tennessee | Fr.
40. Timberwolves (from Wizards): Max Christie, SG, State of Michigan | Fr.
41. Pelicans: Moussa Diabate, F/C, Michigan | Fr.
42. Knicks: Kendall Brown, F, Baylor | Fr.
43. Clippers: Ismael Kamagate, C, Paris Basket
44. Hawks: Christian Koloko, C, Arizona | Jr.
45. Hornet: John Butler, F, State of Florida | Fr.
46. Trail Blazers (from the Nets): Gabriele Procida, G/F, Fortitudo Bologna
47. Grizzlies (of the Cavs): Tevin Brown, SG, Murray State | sr.
48. Timberwolves: Ryan Rollins, G, Toledo | So.
49. Cavaliers (from Bulls): Karlo Matkovic, F, Mega Basket
50. Timberwolves (from Nuggets): Dominick Barlow, F, Elite Overtime
51. Warriors (from the Raptors): Hugo Besson, G, NZ Breakers
52. Pelicans (from Jazz): Khalifa Diop, C, Gran Canaria
53. Celtics: David Roddy, F, State of Colorado | Jr.
54. Witch (from Mavs): Matteo Spagnolo, G, Vanoli Cremona
55. Soldier: Jordan Hall, G/F, St. Joseph’s | So.
56. Cavaliers (of the Heat): Isaiah Mobley, F, USC | sr.
57. Trail Blazers (from the Grizzlies): Jamaree Bouyea, PG, San Francisco | sr.
58. Pacers (from Suns): Ziga Samar, G, Fuenlabrada
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With an overall choice of No. 28 in the 2022 draft, the Warriors chose Patrick Baldwin Jr. from UW Milwaukee. During his only season in Milwaukee, the former five-star signing averaged 12.1 points with 34.4% shooting from the floor on 5.8 boards and 1.5 assists in 28.5 minutes per contest.
Who went 2nd in the NBA draft?
Chet Holmgren shook hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being voted number two overall. OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The Oklahoma City Thunder picked Chet Holmgren of Gonzaga with a No. 2nd in the NBA draft on Thursday night.
Who will be number 2 in the 2022 NBA Draft?
Who won the NBA Draft 2022?
Power forward Duke speaks with Yahoo Sports NBA draft analyst Krysten Peek at the Barclays Center after being voted first overall in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Who went number 1 in the NBA draft?
Orlando Magic Picks Paolo Banchero With No. Choice. 1 in N.B.A. Draft.
Who was the 1st pick of the 2022 NBA Draft?
The Orlando Magic have picked out Duke Paolo Banchero’s No. 1 in the 2022 NBA Draft. The selection came as a big surprise because, throughout the entire draft process, the Magic were widely expected to pick forward Auburn Jabari Smith with the top pick.
Who has the 4th pick in the NBA Draft?
Oklahoma City Thunder Thunder received: No. 4 choices in total.
Who has the 5th pick in the NBA draft? NBA Draft: Pistons Pick Jaden Ivey With 5 Picks Overall.
Did Keegan Murray get drafted?
CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KCRG) – Former Iowa Hawkeye Keegan Murray was drafted by the Sacramento Kings with the 4th overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. The highest ever in Hawkeye history.
Who was first pick NBA?
ORLANDO, Fla. — All eyes in the NBA are on the Orlando Magic as this is the fourth time in franchise history they have made the first pick in the NBA Draft. On Thursday night, the Magic picked Paolo Banchero from Duke.
Who is the best first pick in the NBA? LeBron James, Cleveland Cavaliers, 2003.