2022 NBA Mock Draft (V2)

With the NBA lottery order set, here's our second 2022 NBA Mock Draft. See where Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, and Paolo Banchero might land.

Paolo Banchero & Chet Holmgren
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Paolo Banchero & Chet Holmgren

As we near the NBA Finals, the 2021-2022 NBA season is coming to an end. With only four teams remaining, the majority of the league has turned its attention to June’s NBA Draft. For some franchises, this is where the attention has been all along. 

For the first version of our mock draft this year, we used our friends over at Tankathon.com to simulate the order of the draft. There were also a few things outside the lottery that need to be cleaned up via coin flip later on. With the exception of the Brooklyn Nets’ decision to defer this year’s pick to the Sixers, the order is now set. The Orlando Magic will have the No. 1 pick with the Thunder and Rockets following behind them. The consensus belief is that the Magic are picking between three options in Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, and Paolo Banchero. The franchise has a chance to build off their historical No. 1 pick success after drafting Dwight Howard in 2004 and Shaquille O’Neal in 1992. 

Without any more rambling, here’s our second mock draft of the season.

1. Orlando Magic - Jabari Smith Jr., Auburn

Jabari Smith Auburn Tigers

2. OKC Thunder – Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga

Chet Holmgren Gonzaga

3. Houston Rockets - Paolo Banchero, Duke

Paolo Banchero Duke University

4. Sacramento Kings - Jaden Ivey, Purdue

Jaden Ivery Purdue

5. Detroit Pistons - Shadeon Sharpe, Kentucky

Shaedon Sharpe Kentucky

6. Indiana Pacers - Keegan Murray, Iowa

Keegan Murray Iowa

7. Portland Trail Blazers – Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

Bennedict Mathurin Arizona

8. New Orleans Pelicans - Jeremy Sochan, Baylor

Jeremy Sochan Baylor

9. San Antonio Spurs - AJ Griffin, Duke

AJ Griffin Duke

10. Washington Wizards - Blake Wesley, Notre Dame

Blake Wesley Notre Dame

11. New York Knicks - Jalen Duren, Memphis

Jalen Duren Memphis

12. OKC Thunder - Dyson Daniels, G-League Ignite

Dyson Daniels G-League Ignite

13. Charlotte Hornets - Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

Ochai Agbaji Kansas

14. Cleveland Cavaliers - Tari Eason, LSU

Tari Eason LSU

15. Charlotte Hornets - Mark Williams, Duke

Mark Williams Duke

16. Atlanta Hawks - Malaki Branham, Ohio State

Malaki Branham Ohio State

17. Houston Rockets – Johnny Davis, Wisconsin

Johnny Davis Wisconsin

18. Chicago Bulls - EJ Liddell, Ohio State

Ohio State Buckeyes forward E.J. Liddell (32) celebrates

19. Minnesota Timberwolves – Kendall Brown, Baylor

Kendall Brown Baylor

20. San Antonio Spurs – Christian Koloko, Arizona

Christian Koloko Arizona

21. Denver Nuggets - Jaden Hardy, G-League Ignite

Jaden Hardey G-League

22. Memphis Grizzlies – Walker Kessler, Auburn

Walker Kessler Auburn

23. Brooklyn Nets (via Philadelphia 76ers) – TyTy Washington, Kentucky

Tyty Washington Kentucky

24. Milwaukee Bucks - Patrick Baldwin Jr., UW-Milwaukee

Patrick Baldwin NBA Draft Combine

25. San Antonio Spurs – Christian Braun, Kansas

Christian Braun Kansas

26. Dallas Mavericks - Trevor Keels, Duke

Trevor Keels Duke

27. Miami Heat - Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee

Kennedy Chandler Tennessee

28. Golden State Warriors – Ousmane Dieng, France

Ousmane Dieng New Zealand Breakers

29. Memphis Grizzlies – Marjon Beauchamp, G-League Ignite

Marjon Beauchamp, G League Ignite

30. OKC Thunder - Nikola Jovic, Serbia

Nikola Jovic

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