2022 NBA Draft results, takeaways: Magic trick experts by taking Paolo Banchero at No. 1, setting off chaos

2022 NBA Draft results, takeaways: Magic trick experts by taking Paolo Banchero at No. 1, setting off chaos

There usually aren’t too many surprises in the NBA Draft in this day and age, but Thursday night started out with a major one as the Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick. For weeks, the expectation had been that they would take Jabari Smith out of Auburn, and it’s still unclear if that was all an elaborate smokescreen or they changed their mind at the last minute.

The Magic reportedly never hosted Banchero for a formal workout or interview in Orlando, which suggests it could be the latter.

In any case, the Oklahoma City Thunder then took big man Chet Holmgren out of Gonzaga as expected, while the Houston Rockets went with Smith to round out the top-three. The Rockets had likely been planning on Banchero, but Smith should still fit in nicely as a sharp-shooting forward to pair with Jalen Green.

Of course, no draft could be complete without the Sacramento Kings doing something out of the box, and they took Keegan Murray with the No. 4 overall pick despite almost all prognostications suggesting that Purdue’s Jaden Ivey was the clear fourth-best player. Perhaps they truly believe in Murray, or perhaps they were wary of taking a guard with their first pick for the third straight year.

Either way, it worked out for the Detroit Pistons, who were happy to take Ivey at No. 5. After getting Cade Cunningham with the first pick last year, they now have the makings of a terrific young backcourt.

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2022 NBA Draft order

Round 1 Selection Round 2 Selection
1. Magic

paolo banchero
FAQ | Duke

31. Pacers Andrew Nembhard
PG | Gonzaga
2.Thunder

Chet Holmgren
C | Gonzaga

32. Magic Caleb Houston
SF | Michigan
3.Rockets

Jabari Smith
FAQ | Auburn

33. Raptors Christian Kolok
C | Arizona
4.Kings

Keegan Murray
FAQ | Iowa

34.Thunder Jaylin Williams
FAQ | Arkansas
5. Pistons

Jaden Ivey
SG | Purdue

35.Lakers* MaxChristie
SG | michigan st.
6. Pacers

Benedict Mathurin
SG | Arizona

36. Trail Blazers Gabriele Procida
SF | Italy
7. Trail Blazers

Shaedon Sharpe
SG | Kentucky

37.Kings* Jaden Hardy
SG | G League Ignite
8. Pelicans

Dyson Daniels
SG | G League Ignite

38.Spurs* Kennedy Chandler
PG | Tennessee
9.Spurs

jeremy sochan
FAQ | Baylor

39. Cavaliers Khalifa Diop
C | Senegal
10.Wizards

Johnny Davis
SF | Wisconsin

40.Timberwolves* Bryce McGowens
SF | Nebraska
11. Knicks* Ousmane Dieng
SF | France
41. Pelicans EJ Liddell
FAQ | ohio st.
12. Thunder Jalene Williams
SG | Saint Clare
42. Knicks Trevor Keels
SG | Duke
13. Hornets* Jalen Duren
C | memphis
43.Clippers Moussa Diabate
FAQ | Michigan
14. Cavaliers ochai agbaji
SG | Kansas
44.Hawks* Ryan Rollin
SG | Toledo
15. Hornets Mark Williams
C | Duke
45. Hornets Josh Minott
FAQ | memphis
16.Hawks A. J. Griffin
SF | Duke
46. ​​Pistons* Ismael Kamagate
C | France
17.Rockets Tari Eason
FAQ | LSU
47. Grizzlies Vince Williams Jr.
SF | VCU
18.Bulls Dalen Terry
SF | Arizona
48.Timberwolves* Kendall Brown
SF | Baylor
19.Timberwolves* Jake LaRavia
FAQ | Wake Forest
49. Cavaliers* Isaiah Mobley
FAQ | USC
20.Spurs Malaki Branham
SF | ohio st.
50.Timberwolves matthew spagnolo
PG | Italy
21.Nuggets Christian Braun
SG | Kansas
51.Warriors* Tyrese Martin
SG | UConn
22. Grizzlies* Walker Kessler
C | Auburn
52. Pelicans Karl Matkovic
C | Serbian
23. 76ers* David Roddy
SG | Colo. St.
53. Celtics J. D. Davison
PG | Alabama
24.Bucks MarJon Beauchamp
SF | G League Ignite
54.Wizards Yannick Nzosa
C | congo
25.Spurs Blake Wesley
SG | notre-dame
55. Warriors Gui Santos
SF | Brazilian
26.Rockets* Wendell Moore Jr.
SF | Duke
56. Cavaliers Luke Traver
SF | Australia
27. Heat Nikola Jović
SF | Serbian
57. Trail Blazers Jabari Walker
SF | Colorado
28. Warriors Patrick Baldwin Jr.
FAQ | milwaukee
58. Pacers Hugo Bessson
PG | France
29. Grizzlies* Ty Ty Washington Jr.
PG | Kentucky
30.Nuggets* peyton watson
SF | UCLA

* – pick part of reported trade

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