NBA Draft results 2022: Pick-by-pick tracker for every selection

The 2022 NBA Draft features a star-studded class with four legitimate options to go No. 1 overall at the top of the board. The Orlando Magic are on the clock with the first pick, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings, and Detroit Pistons to round out the top five.

SB Nation has been covering this draft class all year, and now we’ll finally know who is going where as draft night arrives.

Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr., Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren, and Duke forward Paolo Banchero gives this draft three players standing at least 6’10 with distinct skill sets at the top of the class. Smith is the best shooter, Holmgren is the best defender, and Banchero is the best passer and shot creator. There’s also Jaden Ivey, the 6’4 Purdue guard who might be the best pure athlete available.

Check out our top-60 big board, as well as our breakdowns of Banchero, Holmgren, and Ivey. Additionally, you can bet on the draft order at DraftKings Sportsbook.

We’ll be keeping you updated with every pick, as well as links to all of the great coverage around the SB Nation communities below the table. As a reminder, there are only 58 picks in the draft this year instead of the normal 60 total, as the Milwaukee Bucks and Miami Heat both lost their second-round picks as part of their respective punishments for tampering charges handed down by the league.

NBA Draft 2022 tracker: Every pick in this year’s draft

Pick Team Player From Position Age
Pick Team Player From Position Age
1 Orlando Magic Paolo Banchero Duke Forward Freshman
2 Oklahoma City Thunder Chet Holmgren Gonzaga Forward/Big Freshman
3 Houston Rockets Jabari Smith Jr. Auburn Forward/Big Freshman
4 Sacramento Kings Keegan Murray Iowa Forward Sophomore
5 Detroit Pistons Jaden Ivey Purdue Guard Sophomore
6 Indiana Pacers Bennedict Mathurin Arizona Guard Sophomore
7 Portland Trail Blazers Shaedon Sharpe Kentucky Guard Freshman
8 New Orleans Pelicans Dyson Daniels G League Wing Born 2003
9 San Antonio Spurs
10 Washington Wizards
11 New York Knicks
12 Oklahoma City Thunder
13 Charlotte Hornets
14 Cleveland Cavaliers
15 Charlotte Hornets
16 Atlanta Hawks
17 Houston Rockets
18 Chicago Bulls
19 Minnesota Timberwolves
20 San Antonio Spurs
21 Denver Nuggets
22 Memphis Grizzlies
23 Philadelphia 76ers
24 Milwaukee Bucks
25 San Antonio Spurs (via Celtics)
26 Houston Rockets
27 Miami Heat
28 Golden State Warriors
29 Memphis Grizzlies
30 Denver Nuggets
31 Indiana Pacers
32 Orlando Magic
33 Toronto Raptors
34 Oklahoma City Thunder
35 Los Angeles Lakers
36 Detroit Pistons
37 Sacramento Kings
38 San Antonio Spurs
39 Cleveland Cavaliers
40 Minnesota Timberwolves
41 New Orleans Pelicans
42 New York Knicks
43 LA Clippers
44 Atlanta Hawks
45 Charlotte Hornets
46 Portland Trail Blazers
47 Memphis Grizzlies
48 Minnesota Timberwolves
49 Cleveland Cavaliers
50 Minnesota Timberwolves
51 Golden State Warriors
52 New Orleans Pelicans
53 Boston Celtics
54 Washington Wizards
55 Golden State Warriors
56 Cleveland Cavaliers
57 Portland Trail Blazers
58 Indiana Pacers

We’ll be linking out to SB Nation’s team site coverage below as the draft moves along.

1. Orlando Magic – Paolo Banchero, F, Duke

By picking the 6-10 forward out of Duke, the Magic got arguably the top offensive prospect of the three players who were presumed to be in contention for the top overall pick, potentially giving the Magic a sorely-needed creator.

Banchero possess advanced ball-handling and playmaking skills for a big, displaying an ability to create that Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren did not consistently show at the collegiate level. That should help a Magic team that was among the worst teams in the league in many key offensive categories last season. — Mike Cali, Orlando Pinstriped Post

2. Oklahoma City Thunder – Chet Holmgren, F, Gonzaga

Holmgren was our No. 2 prospect in the class, and feels like a great fit for the Thunder’s long-term rebuild. Oklahoma City already has two gifted young guards who can create good looks for others but have shaky outside shots in Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey. Holmgren gives them a front court player with extreme length (7’6 wingspan), the ability to space the floor to three-point range on offense, and incredible shot-blocking skills on defense. He was one of the most productive players in the country as a freshman at Gonzaga, and has essentially aced every test he’s faced since first emerging as a top prospect in the high school ranks. It’s easy to question Holmgren’s translation because of his thin frame, but his tools, statistical output, and relentless motor makes him an easy player to bet on. The Thunder got a good one. — Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation

3. Houston Rockets – Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn

This was an unexpected scenario for the Rockets, but a good one, in my opinion, as I feel Smith was the clear best player in the draft. He has elite shooting and elite defense and should be a complement to Jalen Green and if he reaches his ceiling, will be everything the Rockets had hoped Christian Wood would be.

This is an absolute win for the Rockets as far as I’m concerned, as Smith is the kind of guy who can fit in just about anywhere, especially a team like the Rockets who need all of the skills that Smith brings to the table. — Darren Yuvan, The Dream Shake

4. Sacramento Kings – Keegan Murray, F, Iowa

Murray is a do-it-all, two-way wing that was perhaps the best player in college basketball last season. Sacramento has long lacked talent at the forward spot, and Murray certainly brings that to the team.

Murray is a good fit alongside Domantas Sabonis in the frontcourt, with his shooting and defense, two skills Sacramento lacks roster-wide. — Leo Tochterman, Sactown Royalty

5. Detroit Pistons – Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue

With Ivey the Pistons are also adding something they have lacked for nearly a decade, which is a player that gets to the rim and the free-throw line with ease. Ivey averaged 7.3 free throws per 40 minutes last season and had both 200 shot attempts at the rim and over 200 free throws.

While Ivey is 6-foot-4, he’s not a natural point guard but is able to take some of the creation and ball-handling duties off of Cunningham shoulders as a capable secondary playmaker and self-creator. — Sean Corp, Detroit Bad Boys

6. Indiana Pacers – Benedict Mathurin, G, Arizona

The Pacers need star-power. They should have done everything possible to trade up for the hometown hero Jaden Ivey. They could have taken a swing for a high-upside wing like Shaedon Sharpe or AJ Griffin. Instead, the Pacers played it safe with Mathurin, a bouncy athlete, good three-point shooter, and awesome cutter who should fit nicely next to Tyrese Haliburton. We had Mathurin at No. 11 on our board because he isn’t great at creating offense for himself and others off the dribble. We also have questions about how he translates defensively. Mathurin just feels a little one-dimensional to us with a loose handle and a lack of refined playmaking chops. How you feel about this pick probably comes down to how you feel about Mathurin’s defense. Ultimately, the Pacers are a team that badly needed to take an upside swing, and it feels like they left higher-ceiling options on the board. — Ricky O’Donnell, SB Nation

7. Portland Trail Blazers – Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky

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