The 2022 NBA playoffs are here, which means the 2022 NBA Draft won’t be too far behind. Here is the 2022 NBA Mock Draft May 24.
Draft order from nbadraft.net
1. Orlando Magic- Jabari Smith, F, Auburn
2. Oklahoma City Thunder- Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
Getting a wing scorer like Banchero to go with their young guards will vastly improve the Thunder for next season.
3. Houston Rockets- Chet Holmgren, F, Gonzaga
Holmgren has unique skills for a player his size and will just need to add weight for the next level. He will pair nicely with Jalen Green.
4. Sacramento Kings- Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
Having two guys who can handle the ball in Ivey and De’Aaron Fox could be really beneficial. Ivey may not fit the biggest need for the Kings, but is the best player available.
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- Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky
8. New Orleans Pelicans- Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
Murray is a solid scorer on multiple levels as a big man and could open up the floor for Zion Williamson when he returns.
9. San Antonio Spurs- Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
Duren was one of the bright spots on a Memphis team that battled to make the NCAA Tournament. He protects the rim and rebounds well.
10. Washington Wizards- TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky
Getting another guard to pair with Bradley Beal would benefit the Wizards and Washington can play on or off the ball.
11. New York Knicks- A.J. Griffin, G/F, Duke
12. Oklahoma City Thunder- Ochai Agbaji, G, Kansas
After selecting a wing scorer in Banchero, the Thunder can improve their shooting with the selection of Agbaji.
13. Charlotte Hornets- Malaki Branham, G/F, Ohio State
Surrounding LaMelo Ball with shooters like Branham will only make him more effective.
14. Cleveland Cavaliers- Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia
15. Charlotte Hornets- Tari Eason, F, LSU
At 6-foot-8, Eason demonstrated the ability to score effectively at LSU.
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.
17. Houston Rockets- 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.
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- Kennedy Chandler, PG, Tennessee
Minnesota can get a speedy backup point guard in Chandler.
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- Dyson Daniels, PG, G-League
Daniels really needs work on his outside shot, but he is a solid passer.
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. Oklahoma City Thunder- JD Notae, G, Arkansas
Notae may not have the greatest size, but can light it up when given the opportunity.
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