The first round of the 2022 NBA draft at Barclays Center is over, and there was a big surprise at the top: The Orlando Magic chose Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick overall. Jabari Smith Jr., long presumed to be the top selection, went No. 3 to the Houston Rockets.
The New York Knicks made the night’s first in-draft trade, sending the No. 11 pick to the Oklahoma City Thunder, who used it on Ousmane Dieng. The Thunder also drafted Chet Holmgren second overall and Jalen Williams at No. 12.
The Knicks weren’t done making moves. In an effort to clear salary-cap room, they sent Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons as part of a three-team that also involved the Hornets. The Pistons, who are expected to waive Walker, were one of the night’s big winners. They took Jaden Ivey at No. 5 and picked up Jalen Duren, a promising young center from Memphis, at No. 13 as part of the Walker trade.
The Philadelphia 76ers also traded their first-round pick, sending Danny Green and the 23rd choice to the Memphis Grizzlies for De’Anthony Melton.
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The Lakers weren’t locked out of the draft after all. After dealing both 2022 picks in the Anthony Davis trade, the Lakers traded back in on Thursday for the No. 35 pick from Orlando. They rolled the dice on the upside of Michigan State guard Max Christie, who disappointed with his shot (31.7% from 3-point distance) in his only season in East Lansing after joining the Spartans as a McDonald’s All-American and five-star prospect.
Not happy with No. 3, but seems just fine with Houston:
For everyone (myself included) confused by what the Knicks did tonight.
Yeah, Jabari Smith wasn’t happy dropping to No. 3. You could see it on his face.
No. 30 pick, Denver Nuggets (via Oklahoma City Thunder): Peyton Watson, G, UCLA
Krysten Peek’s draft grade: C
Watson didn’t see a lot of minutes in his one year at UCLA after Mick Cronin returned almost his entire Final Four team. Watson’s upside is undeniable as a 6-foot-8 guard and he’ll need a year or two of development before he starts to see consistent rotational minutes.
No. 29 pick, Houston Rockets (via Grizzlies): TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky
Krysten Peek’s draft grade: B+
Washington played off the ball at Kentucky and developed further as a secondary ball-handler. He doesn’t have a problem getting downhill and creating for others.
Stephen A. Smith is every Knicks fan tonight.
The Warriors rolled the dice on a dude who checked in as a five-star, top-10 prospect in 2021 before disappointing in limited run during his only season at Milwaukee. An interesting, high-upside gamble on Patrick Baldwin from the champs.
No. 28 pick, Golden State Warriors: Patrick Baldwin, G, Milwaukee
Krysten Peek’s draft grade: C-
The Warriors obviously have the luxury to draft a player here they can stash and develop. Baldwin Jr. looks the part of an elite NBA player with his 6-foot-10 frame. He handles and shoots the ball like a guard but there are concerns if he can stay healthy. Baldwin Jr. only played 11 games this past college season due to an ankle injury and was plagued with injuries in high school. Again, the Warriors can stash him and develop him but it’s still a risky pick.
No. 27 pick, Miami Heat: Nikola Jovic, G/F, Mega Basket (Serbia)
Krysten Peek’s draft grade: C
Jovic is a great shooter and hit 13 corner 3-pointers during his pro day in Chicago. He’ll need some work adjusting to the pace of the NBA game and needs to work on his pick-and-roll reads to develop outside of being just a designated shooter.
Reports: Kyrie Irving has list of destinations if he leaves Nets; Kevin Durant mulls future
Hours before the 2022 NBA draft, a pair of complementary reports emerged signaling that not only does Kyrie Irving have a list of preferred destinations if he ends up going the sign-and-trade route, but Kevin Durant is also considering his future with the Nets.
The Durant report came from The Athletic’s Shams Charania, while ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski reported Irving’s list of destinations.
Wojnarowski noted the teams on Irving’s list may not prioritize him despite his interest.
The two reports are our firmest sign yet the Nets could be walking into an unexpectedly seismic offseason, with both of their superstars potentially looking for an exit sign. — Jack Baer
Will Houston trade up to take Paolo Banchero?
The Vegas line shifted drastically earlier this week in anticipation Paolo Banchero could go No. 1. With no clear-cut overall pick, much speculation is swirling around as to what the Orlando Magic will do when they’re on the clock later Thursday.
Jabari Smith still makes the most sense for the Magic at No. 1, and if the Houston Rockets worry that Oklahoma City Thunder will take Banchero at No. 2, they’ll need to make a move up.
The Rockets aren’t showing their cards, but Banchero spoke highly of his time in Houston for his workout during his media availability and said he could see himself fitting in nicely alongside Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr.
This could all be last-minute smoke from Orlando to entice Houston into a trade and sweeten the deal if they drop down to No. 3. — Krysten Peek
Jabari Smith: ‘I’ll be surprised if I’m not taken No. 1’
NEW YORK — The No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA draft belongs to the Orlando Magic. And at this point, it is no secret whom they plan to select Thursday night.
“I’ll be surprised if I’m not taken No. 1,” Jabari Smith Jr., the consensus top overall pick out of Auburn, told Yahoo Sports. “It’s just my competitive nature mixed with my unselfishness and my ability to just shoot the ball, defend multiple positions and care about winning. I don’t care about stats. I feel I can help any team right away. But I feel I’m the No. 1 pick.” — Chris Haynes
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl confident Jabari Smith will go No. 1 and ‘make Orlando win’
NEW YORK — The day is finally here. If they keep the pick, all signs point to the Magic selecting Auburn’s Jabari Smith with the No. 1 overall pick.
Smith, a 6-foot-11 forward, played one season at Auburn and head coach Bruce Pearl knows exactly the kind of player the Magic are getting if they take him with the first pick.
“What makes him No. 1? For his size, he’s the best jump shooter I’ve seen in college in over 20 years,” Pearl told Yahoo Sports. “He’s about as ready, as far as a one-and-done, than I’ve ever seen and he is going to make Orlando win.” — Krysten Peek
Tari Eason, who could be the Scottie Barnes of this class, can ‘definitely see the comparisons in our games’
NEW YORK — This time last year, Tari Eason was in the middle of making a decision that would change the trajectory of his career. After a disappointing freshman season at Cincinnati, where he averaged only 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in 18 minutes, Eason decided to enter the transfer portal and eventually landed at LSU.
At the time, Will Wade had sent only three players to the NBA draft (most notably Cam Thomas to the Brooklyn Nets at No. 27 in 2021), but Eason liked the freedom the offense provided and the idea of playing in a new conference.
“There was a learning curve and it was a new team, new season, new league and I was just adjusting to everything,” Eason told Yahoo Sports. “Through that, I just got more comfortable in the game and that’s when things just started to open up.” — Krysten Peek
Jalen Williams getting lottery buzz
The 6-foot-7 junior out of Santa Clara shot up draft boards after his strong showing at the NBA draft combine and solidified himself as a first-round pick. After working out for a handful of teams, Williams’ stock has continued to rise heading into the draft and there are late rumblings that Williams could sneak into the lottery, anywhere from No. 8 (New Orleans Pelicans) to No. 19 (Minnesota Timberwolves).
“This process has just been a blessing,” Williams told Yahoo Sports. “I’m from a smaller school, but basketball is basketball and I feel like I can compete at the highest level, and I’m just ready to get to work for whatever team picks me.” — Krysten Peek
Projected No. 1 pick Jabari Smith stress-free 24 hours before the draft
Yahoo Sports caught up with Smith in the host hotel of the draft and Smith was visibly calm and relaxed 24 hours heading into the draft.
“I feel great and I’m ready for tomorrow,” Smith told Yahoo Sports. “I might not sleep tonight, but that’s just because I’m excited for tomorrow.” — Krysten Peek
Report: Pistons trade Jerami Grant to Trail Blazers for first-round pick
The Detroit Pistons traded 28-year-old wing Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for a top-four protected 2025 first-round draft pick from the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
In the deal, Portland and Detroit will reportedly swap the Nos. 36 and 46 picks in the second round of Thursday’s NBA draft. The Blazers will return the Pistons’ 2025 second-round pick to Detroit. Portland also dealt the Pistons the more favorable of its own second-round pick and the New Orleans Pelicans’ in 2026.
Grant averaged 19.2 points (on 43/36/84 shooting splits), 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.9 minutes over 47 games for the Pistons last season. He was an integral role player for the Denver Nuggets during their run to the 2020 Eastern Conference finals before seeking more playmaking responsibility in free agency. The Pistons gave him a three-year, $60 million contract and higher usage in 2020, and he emerged as a fringe All-Star candidate. With him as a primary option, though, Detroit won 43 games over the past two seasons.
Grant is another wing in a long line of options the Blazers have tried to fit around six-time All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, and he might be the best of a bunch that has included Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Gary Trent Jr., Trevor Ariza, Rodney Hood, Mo Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, among others.
— Ben Rohrbach
Las Vegas turning a corner on Paolo Banchero odds to go No. 1
In the past 24 hours, Banchero’s odds to be drafted No. 1 overall on BetMGM have shifted from +900 to +200 (Chet Holmgren is now +225). That’s enough of a swing to believe the Orlando Magic are considering Banchero with the No. 1 pick (many say it’s a two-way race between Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren).
Banchero is the most-ready physically out of the top three players with his 6-foot-10, 250-pound frame. When Holmgren and Banchero went head-to-head last November, Banchero looked to be the better player as he posted 21 points, five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. A scout or executive from every NBA team was in the building watching Banchero excel in transition as the primary ball-handler and going toe-to-toe defensively with Holmgren.
This swing in Vegas could be an indication that Banchero had an excellent workout in Orlando, with Holmgren playing coy and not saying who he worked out for or how those workouts went.
What TV channel is the 2022 NBA draft on?
The NBA draft’s first round will be televised on ABC and ESPN. The second round will be on ESPN.
Where is the 2022 NBA draft?
The NBA draft will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the league’s Brooklyn Nets play. This is the ninth straight year the draft has been held at Barclays Center.
What is the full order of picks in the 2022 NBA draft?
The current order is:
1. Orlando — Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
2. Oklahoma City — Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga
3. Houston — Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn
4. Sacramento — Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
5. Detroit — Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
6. Indiana — Bennedict Mathurin, G, Arizona
7. Portland — Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky
8. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers) — Dyson Daniels, G, G League Ignite
9. San Antonio — Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor
10. Washington — Johnny Davis, G, Wisconsin
11. Oklahoma City (from New York Knicks) — Ousmane Dieng, F, NZ Breakers
12. Oklahoma City (from Los Angeles Clippers) — Jalen Williams, F, Santa Clara
13. Detroit (from Charlotte Hornets) — Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
14. Cleveland — Ochai Agbaji, F, Kansas
15. Charlotte (from New Orleans) — Mark Williams, C, Duke
16. Atlanta — AJ Griffin, F, Duke
17. Houston (from Brooklyn) — Tari Eason, F, LSU
18. Chicago — Dalen Terry, G, Arizona
19. Memphis (from Minnesota) — Jake LaRavia, F, Wake Forest
20. San Antonio (from Toronto) — Malaki Branham, G, Ohio State
21. Denver — Christian Braun, G, Kansas
22. Minnesota (from Memphis via Utah) — Walker Kessler, C, Auburn
23. Memphis (from Philadelphia) — David Roddy, F, Colorado State
24. Milwaukee — MarJon Beauchamp, F, G League Ignite
25. San Antonio (from Boston) — Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame
26. Minnesota (from Houston via Dallas) — Wendell Moore Jr., F, Duke
27. Miami — Nikola Jovic, F, Belgrade, Serbia
28. Golden State — Patrick Baldwin F, Milwaukee
29. Houston (from Memphis via Dallas) — TyTy Washington Jr., G, Kentucky
30. Denver (from Oklahoma City via Phoenix ) — Peyton Watson, F, UCLA
31. Indiana (from Houston via Cleveland) — Andrew Nembhard, G, Gonzaga
32. Orlando — Caleb Houston, F, Michigan
33. Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago) — Christian Koloko, C, Arizona
34. Oklahoma City
35. L.A. Lakers (from Orlando via Indiana and Milwaukee)
38. San Antonio (from Los Angeles Lakers via Chicago and Washington)
39. Cleveland (from San Antonio via Utah)
40. Minnesota (from Washington via Cleveland)
41. New Orleans
42. New York
43. L.A. Clippers
46. Detroit (from Brooklyn)
47. Memphis (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta)
49. Cleveland (from Sacramento via Chicago, Memphis and Detroit)
50. Minnesota (from Denver via Philadelphia)
51. Golden State (from Toronto via Philadelphia)
52. New Orleans (from Utah)
— Milwaukee (forfeited)
— Miami (from Philadelphia via Denver; forfeited by Miami)
54. Washington (from Dallas)
55. Golden State
56. Cleveland (from Miami via Indiana)
57. Portland (from Memphis via Utah)
58. Indiana (from Phoenix)
Which top prospects will attend the 2022 NBA draft?
This is the current list of invitees to the green room at Barclays Center for the NBA draft, listed in alphabetical order.
Ochai Agbaji, F, Kansas
Malaki Branham, F, Ohio State
Ousmane Dieng, F, NZ Breakers
AJ Griffin, F, Duke
Bennedict Mathurin, G, Arizona
Mark Williams, C, Duke
How many rounds are in the NBA draft?
There are two rounds in the NBA draft, and both will be held on June 23.
How many picks are in the NBA draft?
In 2022, there will be 58 selections in the NBA draft instead of the customary 60 (30 in each round). The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks each lost a second-round pick due to violating league rules.