NEW YORK – Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith had been the large winners Thursday night time, going Nos. 1-3 within the 2022 NBA draft. The Orlando Magic had the No. 1 decide for the primary time since 2004 and chosen Duke’s Banchero, making him the second No. 1 decide from Duke previously 4 years (Zion Williamson went No. 1 in 2019). Oklahoma Metropolis stays affected person with its rebuild, including probably the most polarizing participant within the draft, 7-foot-1, 195-pound middle Chet Holmgren, and Jabari Smith is headed to the Houston Rockets.
Many believed Smith can be taken no. 1, however the Magic most popular to construct round Banchero. The Duke ahead has an NBA-ready physique at 250 kilos and the Magic felt snug with the dimensions he may convey within the lane instantly alongside Wendell Carter Jr., as an alternative of projecting how Smith and Holmgren’s our bodies would fill out.
Banchero is among the greatest transitional bigs within the draft with nice court docket imaginative and prescient and the flexibility to begin the offense extra fluidly off a missed shot. Sure, Smith is a greater 3-point shooter and the Magic wants assist in that space, however Banchero is not a unhealthy perimeter shooter and has nice taking pictures mechanics that he can develop.
There have been a few shock picks, most notably Patrick Baldwin Jr. going twenty eighth to the Golden State Warriors, and Jaden Ivey obtained his want and averted the Sacramento Kings. Under are the winners and losers of the NBA draft.
NBA draft winners
Paolo Banchero and the Orlando Magic
The Magic had the draft’s No. 1 decide for the primary time since 2004 after they chosen Dwight Howard. It labored out properly for the franchise again then as Howard led Orlando to the Finals. Previous to that, the Magic chosen Shaquille O’Neal in 1992, so it’s clear the Magic had had success drafting energy forwards and facilities with the highest decide.
Banchero entered the draft because the most-ready large within the draft along with his 6-foot-10, 250-pound body. The Las Vegas odds took a large swing earlier this week from +1600 to +200 for Banchero to go No. 1 general over the favored Smith.
The Magic had been one of many worst 3-point taking pictures groups final season, connecting on simply 33% of makes an attempt from deep. Despite the fact that Banchero did not make as many 3-pointers as Smith final season, he is greater than snug getting into threes in transition and off the pick-and-roll possibility.
Jaden Ivey will get want, and Detroit Pistons add to elite younger roster
Jaden Ivey obtained his want and did not get drafted by the Sacramento Kings, sitting because the fourth-best prospect on the board. The Kings went with a workforce want as an alternative of the perfect participant out there and chosen Iowa ahead Keegan Murray.
That gave the Pistons the inexperienced mild to take Ivey and add him alongside Cade Cunningham, creating one of the athletic younger backcourts within the league. Cunningham is a good facilitator and attracts defenses with the way in which he reads gamers off the pick-and-roll. That can open up spacing for Ivey to swing down off the wing and assault the baseline.
The Pistons additionally struck gold in a 6-foot-11 middle Jalen Duren in a three-way commerce with the thirteenth general draft decide. Duren was the No. 1 participant popping out of highschool earlier than reclassifying and committing a 12 months early to play for Penny Hardaway in Memphis. Duren has an NBA-ready physique and is a implausible passer, particularly when the protection crashes.
Duren and Ivey will be part of an already elite younger roster of Cunningham, Saddiq Bey and Killian Hayes.
San Antonio Spurs and high-upside first-round trio
The Spurs entered the draft with three first-round picks and capitalized on choosing Jeremy Sochan at No. 9, Malaki Branham at No. 20 and Blake Wesley at No. 25. All three gamers are younger and athletic with great upside.
Sochan is among the greatest defenders on this draft class who can guard each place on the court docket at 6-foot-9 and may sit down and defend the perimeter. Branham was probably the most improved guard within the Huge Ten and continued to enhance his 3-point shot in the course of the pre-draft course of. Wesley was the primary one-and-done to come back out of Notre Dame and is a extremely expert passer who has untapped potential.
All three gamers want time to develop, however that they had the very best potential on this draft class. The Spurs have a stable younger core with Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Lonnie Walker and Devin Vassell, and San Antonio has an important observe report in creating gamers.
NBA draft losers
Sacramento Kings make one other lottery mistake
The Kings have had a lottery decide yearly since 2007, apart from one, and are nonetheless attempting to construct a playoff workforce. Ivey was the perfect prospect out there at No. 4, with slight comparisons to Ja Morant, however with a full backcourt and Ivey voicing very publicly he did not wish to go there, the Kings drafted Murray, the 6-foot-8 ahead out of Iowa.
Memphis Grizzlies’ uninspiring picks
The Grizzlies have already got a longtime, playoff workforce led by Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane. On Thursday, they drafted Wake Forest wing Jake LaRavia with the nineteenth decide and Colorado State ahead David Roddy at No. 23. Roddy struggled at instances throughout 5-on-5 play on the NBA draft mix, and LaRavia is a stable position participant.
The Grizzlies handed on younger gamers like TyTy Washington and Wesley. LaRavia and Roddy undertaking to be OK secondary position gamers, however they’re very uninspiring picks.
New York Knicks’ puzzling trades
The Knicks entered the draft with the No. 11 decide and as an alternative of taking a shot at a positionless participant like 6-foot-8 wing AJ Griffin (who fell to the Atlanta Hawks at No. 16), the Knicks traded the decide to OKC. Then the Thunder traded three protected first-round picks to the Knicks.
New York then traded No. 23 to Denver and 4 future second-round picks to Charlotte for the thirteenth decide (Jalen Duren). The Knicks then dealt the thirteenth decide and Kemba Walker to Detroit for Milwaukee’s 2025 first-round decide.
So to recap: the Knicks traded the eleventh decide Thursday, together with Walker, and 4 second-round picks and so they obtained three future first-round picks. It isn’t a horrible night time for the group since there’s a whole lot of worth in subsequent 12 months’s draft, however as an alternative of attempting to get assist this season after going 34-48 in 2021-22, the Knicks are taking a web page from Thunder basic supervisor Sam Presti’s guide and gathering future picks.