The 2022 NBA Finals are over, which means the 2022 NBA Draft is coming up. Here is the 2022 NBA Mock Draft June 23.
1. Orlando Magic- Jabari Smith, F, Auburn
2. Oklahoma City Thunder- Chet Holmgren, F, Gonzaga
Sam Presti seems to like the prospects that could be considered unicorns and Holmgren is just that. He can pair nicely with the young backcourt of the Thunder.
3. Houston Rockets- Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
The Rockets traded Christian Wood and have room in their frontcourt. They can draft a scoring forward like Banchero to put with their backcourt, which they have put some draft capital towards.
4. Sacramento Kings- Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
The Kings are likely trading this pick and Ivey is rumored to not want to play in Sacramento. Ivey stays at number four overall, but expect another team trading up to draft him.
5. Detroit Pistons- Johnny Davis, G, Wisconsin
After selecting Cade Cunningham in 2021, the Pistons can help him by getting someone who can spread the floor like Davis.
6. Indiana Pacers- Bennedict Mathurin, G/F, Arizona
Mathurin took a huge jump in productivity last season for Arizona and could really help the Pacers’ offense.
7. Portland Trail Blazers- Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
Murray is a solid scorer on multiple levels as a big man. He could be solid player to take some of the attention off of Damian Lillard.
8. New Orleans Pelicans- Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky
After acquiring C.J. McCollum, the Pelicans had new life. They can take a chance on Sharpe, who might be the biggest boom or bust prospect in the draft.
9. San Antonio Spurs- AJ Griffin, G/F, Duke
10. Washington Wizards- Dyson Daniels, PG, G-League
The Wizards are rumored to be in the market for a point guard, If they can’t trade for a veteran they could draft Daniels to develop.
11. New York Knicks- TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky
New York needs a point guard and Washington has a little experience playing on the ball. He actually plays a lot like Immanuel Quickley and they could share some of the ball-handling duties in 2022.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder- Ochai Agbaji, G, Kansas
After taking Holmgren, the Thunder can get someone to space the floor for him, Giddey and Gilgeous-Alexander.
13. Charlotte Hornets- Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
Montrezl Harrell is likely walking in free agency, so the frontcourt has more minutes to give out. Duren protects the rim and rebounds well.
14. Cleveland Cavaliers- Malaki Branham, F, Ohio State
The Cavaliers will have most of their roster back next season and could use another effective wing scorer to add to the mix to help them compete right now.
15. Charlotte Hornets- Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia
Jovic is a good scorer and can add something to the Hornets from the forward position.
16. Atlanta Hawks- Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor
Sochan was the Sixth Man of the Year in the Big 12 and can provide some depth in the frontcourt, especially with John Collins on the trade block.
17. Houston Rockets- Tari Eason, F, LSU
At 6-foot-8, Eason demonstrated the ability to score effectively at LSU.
18. Chicago Bulls- Ousmane Dieng, F, France
Dieng is a very skilled player for his height, but could take some time to develop.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves- Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame
Wesley showed some playmaking ability as a freshman at Notre Dame and could end up being a solid starting point guard in the league.
20. San Antonio Spurs- MarJon Beauchamp, G, G-League
Beauchamp needs to shoot 3-pointers better and the Spurs are the team that has done a good job of working with players like that in the past.
21. Denver Nuggets- Kendall Brown, F, Baylor
While he didn’t quite play as well as expected at Baylor, Brown did a lot of the little things right.
22. Memphis Grizzlies- Mark Williams, C, Duke
Williams was a good shot blocker and rebounder for Duke and can provide center depth for the Hawks.
23. Brooklyn Nets- Kennedy Chandler, PG, Tennessee
Chandler can shoot and play defense well, which makes him a good candidate to be a backup point guard.
24. Milwaukee Bucks- Walker Kessler, C, Auburn
Teams needing a shot-blocker should look in Kessler’s direction.
25. San Antonio Spurs- E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State
Liddell is a forward that can shoot and score on all three levels.
26. Dallas Mavericks- Wendell Moore, G, Duke
His defense is solid and Moore really improved as a shooter at Duke in 2021-2022.
27. Miami Heat- Jaylin Williams, F/C, Arkansas
Williams is a good athlete and can draw plenty of fouls/charges.
28. Golden State Warriors- Patrick Baldwin, F, Milwaukee
While his freshman season didn’t go as planned, at 6-foot-9 Baldwin is very talented for his size and the Warriors can take the time to develop him.
29. Memphis Grizzlies- Trevor Keels, G, Duke
Keels showed the ability to play on and off the ball at Duke. He has an NBA-ready body and just needs to improve his outside shot a little bit.
30. Denver Nuggets- Christian Braun, G/F, Kansas
Braun is a good athlete who can defend decently and shoot.
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