NBA Mock Draft 2022: Magic select Paolo Banchero with No. 1 pick; Thunder, Kings make biggest lottery jumps

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The Orlando Magic are on the clock.

After winning the 2022 NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, the Magic will make the first selection in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Will they go with one of the star freshmen in Duke's Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren or Auburn's Jabari Smith Jr.? Or will they go off the beaten path with star guards like Purdue's Jaden Ivey or Kentucky's Shaedon Sharpe?

And while Orlando was the biggest winner of the night, other teams like the Thunder and Kings were fortunate enough to take a leap in comparison to their lottery odds. Oklahoma City was projected to land fourth and jumped up to No. 2, while Sacramento was projected to land seventh and jumped up to No. 4.

Now that the draft order is set, who will each team select? Take a look at our updated 2022 NBA Mock Draft following the NBA Draft Lottery.

BIG BOARD: Top 60 prospects in 2022 NBA Draft

For comparison to previous Mock Drafts, you can check out our editions from the start of college basketball season, after the NBA trade deadlinebefore the start of the NCAA Tournament and after the NCAA Tournament.

So without further ado – with the first pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Magic select...

NBA Mock Draft 2022

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1. Orlando Magic: Paolo Banchero, Duke

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-10, 235 lbs.

Age: 19, Freshman

Smith has become the betting favorite to go No. 1 overall, but I still like Banchero here. The Magic could use a versatile forward of Banchero's caliber who can score inside and out and defend multiple positions. He can slot comfortably alongside Franz Wagner and Wendell Carter Jr. and gives Orlando an additional ball-handler and playmaker to join Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony.

Banchero is as NBA-ready as anyone in this draft and could be the true star the Magic need to expedite this rebuild.

MORE: Three plays from NCAA Tournament show Banchero's NBA potential

2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jabari Smith Jr., Auburn

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-10, 210 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

The Thunder should be praying that Smith falls to them at No. 2. Oklahoma City is lacking a floor-stretching big man and Smith provides that, as well as some much-needed rim protection and shooting. While his ceiling will rise significantly if he develops as a ball-handler and shot creator, playing alongside savvy playmakers of Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey's caliber will turn Smith into a strong scorer from the jump.

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3. Houston Rockets: Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga

Position: F/C

Height and weight: 7-foot-1, 190 lbs.

Age: 19, Freshman

Holmgren drops to No. 3 in this scenario, but he could very easily go No. 1 or No. 2 based on fit.

Pairing Holmgren with Christian Wood makes for an extremely long and versatile frontcourt, but it does raise some concerns about Holmgren being a primary interior defender from a physicality standpoint. However, he's an elite shot-blocker — which Houston could desperately use — and he'd make for an electrifying young duo alongside the lethal scoring Jalen Green.

MORE: Holmgren put NBA potential on display vs. Jalen Duren in NCAA Tournament

4. Sacramento Kings: Jaden Ivey, Purdue

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-4, 200 lbs.

Age: 20, Sophomore

Despite drafting Davion Mitchell last year and trading away Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to help clear up a backcourt logjam, the Kings would be wise to go the best available player and select Ivey at No. 4 to pair alongside De'Aaron Fox.

Ivey and Fox would be arguably the fastest backcourt in the NBA with two players who are shot out of a cannon in transition. There may be some hesitations about spacing as neither guard is an elite shooter, but Ivey's ability to play on or off the ball as a combo guard makes for a capable pairing. Add a skilled and cerebral forward like Domantas Sabonis into the mix and the Kings would have some blocks to build on. 

MORE: Could Ivey become the best prospect in the 2022 NBA Draft class?

5. Detroit Pistons: Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 200 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

The Pistons were unfortunate to fall to No. 5, but if it means they land Sharpe, it may all work out in their favor.

Sharpe is the mystery man of this year's class after declaring for the draft without playing a single game for Kentucky. The former No. 1 prospect in the high school class of 2022 elected to enroll at Kentucky early but moved on to the NBA without ever suiting up for the Wildcats.

He's an explosive guard with quick-twitch athleticism and an advanced bag of shot creation moves. Place him alongside Cade Cunningham and you'll have an electrifying and talented backcourt who will be a nightmare for opposing defenses to contain shortly.

MORE: Sharpe 2022 NBA Draft Prospect Profile: Strengths, weaknesses

6. Indiana Pacers: Keegan Murray, Iowa

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-8, 215 lbs.

Age: 21, Sophomore

Murray makes a lot of sense for the Pacers, whose biggest need is a player just like the Iowa sophomore.

Murray emerged as one of the best — and most efficient — scorers in the country this past season, averaging points on 55.4 percent shooting from the field and 39.8 percent shooting from 3. He has proved to be a long and versatile defender who can comfortably guard four positions and his ability to score from all three levels of the floor, on or off the ball, makes him a plug-and-play player in the NBA.

With perimeter players like Tyrese Haliburton, Malcolm Brogdon and Buddy Hield and an interior big man like Myles Turner, Murray would be the perfect forward to pull it all together.

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7. Portland Trail Blazers: Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 180 lbs.

Age: 19

This may be a little high compared to where you'll find Daniels on most Mock Drafts, but the G League Ignite product's readiness is well-suited for the Blazers' timeline.

Portland finds itself in the lottery after Damian Lillard missed the majority of the season after receiving abdominal surgery, but with the All-Star guard nearing the end of his prime, the Blazers will be looking to compete again.

Daniels was the Ignite's most consistent player all season, proving his capabilities as a jumbo playmaker and versatile defender against other pros. He can play alongside Lillard and Anfernee Simons on the wing, or play on-ball and make life easier for those two scorers.

8. New Orleans Pelicans (via LAL): Johnny Davis, Wisconsin

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 194 lbs.

Age: 20, Sophomore

The Pelicans added a few defensive-minded stoppers in last year's draft in Trey Murphy III, Herb Jones and undrafted rookie Jose Alvarado. That addressed a major area of need and selecting Davis here would continue to help their defensive presence while also providing a three-level scorer.

Davis is the exact type of poised guard the Pelicans could use — he's a competitive defender, a strong shot creator and adds a physical presence on the perimeter. Slide him in with a core of Zion Williamson, CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas and there will be something special brewing in New Orleans.

9. San Antonio Spurs: Jalen Duren, Memphis

Position: C

Height and weight: 6-foot-11, 250 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Duren is the most physical player in this draft class with an NBA-ready body and plus-athleticism. While the Spurs already have a strong rim protector in Jakob Poeltl, Duren is better-suited for San Antonio's core pieces like Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson as a big man with speed and fluidity. His offensive game needs some polishing but there is no better organization to help with that growth than the Spurs, who groomed Hall of Famers David Robinson and Tim Duncan.

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10. Washington Wizards: Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 195 lbs.

Age: 19, Sophomore

The Wizards need another guard to pair with Bradley Beal and while Mathurin is a little redundant as a player with a score-first mentality, it would be beneficial to learn from Beal. Mathurin would provide Washington with a fierce competitor who plays with an attitude, giving it an additional scoring punch on the perimeter. Should the Wizards decide to move Beal, they could do far worse than pivoting to Mathurin who fits the profile as a high ceiling building block.

11. New York Knicks: AJ Griffin, Duke

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 220 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

The Knicks need more scorers, shooters and shot creators and Griffin is all of that. The freshman wing can knock down shots from the midrange and beyond the arc. He has a confident catch-and-shoot jumper and is capable of putting the ball on the floor and using his strong frame to attack the basket. He gives the Knicks another perimeter player with size, pairing well with a fellow Duke Blue Devil in RJ Barrett.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via LAC): Jeremy Sochan, Baylor

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-9, 230 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

The Thunder have solidified their backcourt of the future in Gilgeous-Alexander and Giddey, so expect them to try and lock down their frontcourt. I had Oklahoma City taking Smith at No. 2 and here, at No. 12, I like Baylor forward Sochan. Sochan has become a bit of a draft darling with his measurables and switchability as a defender. At 6-foot-9 with a reported 7-foot wingspan, Sochan can hold his own in the paint but he's also quick enough to guard on the perimeter. He's an active cutter — something Giddey would love — and he brings energy to the glass. If he can iron out his jumper, his ceiling will rise significantly.

13. Charlotte Hornets: Mark Williams, Duke

Position: C

Height and weight: 7-feet, 245 lbs.

Age: 20, Sophomore

It's no secret that the Hornets' biggest need is a center and if Williams is available, this will be a match made in heaven. Williams was one of the best rim protectors in the country this season and he'd provide LaMelo Ball with a safety valve as a lob threat. He has great hands, he's all over the glass on both ends of the floor and he is a prototypical rim-runner with solid mobility.

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14. Cleveland Cavaliers: Malaki Branham, Ohio State

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 180 lbs.

Age: 19, Freshman

The Cavaliers have plenty of big men, but they lack scorers on the wing. Branham may fall right into their lap to help fill that void, as the Ohio State freshman was a late bloomer who is just beginning to rise up draft boards. The Big Ten Rookie of the Year is a fluid shot creator and knockdown shooter. He also has good size and length as a defender but mainly, he would give star guard Darius Garland some serious relief on the offensive end. At 19-years-old, still growing as a player, don't be surprised if Branham ends up being one of the biggest steals of the draft.

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15. Charlotte Hornets (via NOP): Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 215 lbs.

Age: 21, Senior

On my Big Board, I had Agbaji as the No. 12 ranked prospect but he slides a few spots on this Mock Draft based on team needs and fit. If he were to fall to the Hornets at No. 15, it would be a successful draft night for Charlotte. Agbaji improved as a 3-point shooter in each of his four seasons at Kansas. He's a 3-and-D prospect who will be ready to enter an NBA rotation right away.

16. Atlanta Hawks: Jaden Hardy, G League Ignite

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-4, 185 lbs.

Age: 19

In the Hawks' early exit from the 2022 NBA Playoffs, it became clear they could use another playmaker next to All-Star guard Trae Young. Hardy is one of the best pure scorers in this draft class with quick handle and deep 3-point shooting range. He needs to fine-tune his shot selection but he's a well-rounded offensive threat with budding passing skills, making him an ideal selection for Atlanta.

17. Houston Rockets (via BKN): Tari Eason, LSU

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-8, 216 lbs.

Age: 20, Sophomore

The Rockets have plenty of offense but they could use some defense. Eason is one of the best, most versatile defenders in his class with length, physicality and athleticism. He's the type of switchable defender every NBA team is looking for, getting his hands in passing lanes and disrupting shots around the basket. Even without a polished jumper, he still averaged 17 points per game this past season at LSU. The Rockets are in a rebuild and can afford to be patient with developing Eason.

18. Chicago Bulls: E.J. Liddell, Ohio State

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-7, 240 lbs.

Age: 21, Junior

The Bulls' major glaring weakness is their frontcourt and Liddell is the type of two-way forward that could help address that. Even though he is undersized at 6-foot-7, his IQ and mobility make up for what he lacks in size. He has a reported 7-foot wingspan and his strong frame allows him to hold his own against bigs. He's a savvy post scorer and has developed into a reliable 3-point shooter. Liddell could provide a boost on both ends of the floor to a Chicago team that needs depth.

19. Minnesota Timberwolves: TyTy Washington, Kentucky

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-3, 185 lbs.

Age: 20, Freshman

Washington was once a projected top-10 pick before injuries and inconsistency slowed down his freshman season. The Timberwolves need a reserve guard behind D'Angelo Russell and Anthony Edwards and if a talent like Washington is available this late, you have to take a swing. Washington is a capable pick-and-roll ball-handler and a solid shooter, but he can be a streaky scorer. His ability to play on or off the ball makes him flexible for the team that selects him.

20. San Antonio Spurs (via TOR): Ousmane Dieng, NZ Breakers (NBL), France

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-9, 185 lbs.

Age: 18

Dieng is the definition of a potential diamond in the rough, as the 18-year-old displayed some flashes of brilliance during his first NBL season this year. At 6-foot-9, Dieng is a creative scorer on the perimeter with quality ball-handling skills to get to his spots and he's a good passer for his size. He continued to improve as his rookie season went on, but he'll still be a work-in-progress when he first gets to the NBA level. Leave it to the Spurs to try and develop this young prospect, selecting Dieng with an extra first-round pick they acquired via trade.

21. Denver Nuggets: MarJon Beauchamp, G League Ignite

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 199 lbs.

Age: 21

It's tough to evaluate the Nuggets' season without Jamal Murray for the entire year and Michael Porter Jr. for all but nine games. However, they could use more scoring threats aside from back-to-back MVP Nikola Jokic. Beauchamp could fill that role in Denver. Beauchamp is an energetic forward with a knack for finding open spots on the floor. He's skilled at scoring as a cutter – something that is invaluable next to Jokic. He isn't afraid to create his own shot, but his jumper has room for improvement. If he can develop as a spot-up shooter, he'll be a strong 3-and-D player because Beauchamp can already defend multiple positions with good size, speed and length.

22. Memphis Grizzlies (via UTA): Nikola Jovic, Mega Basket (ABA), Serbia

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-10, 210 lbs.

Age: 18

The Grizzlies already have plenty of depth, but they could benefit from adding another forward. Jovic would offer something similar to what they have in Kyle Anderson – a point forward with an incredible feel for the game. Jovic is at his best playing on the perimeter with crafty passing skills. But he also has great touch around the basket as a slithery finisher. He is coming off of a strong season with Mega Basket in the ABA, where he proved he's more than capable of holding his own against other pros.

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23. Philadelphia 76ers: Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-feet, 170 lbs.

Age: 19, Freshman

Chandler only got better as his freshman season went on and by the time tournament season rolled around, he was playing his best basketball. The 19-year-old was aggressive as a scorer and decisive as a playmaker, attacking defenses and making the right reads. He started knocking down 3-pointers with more consistency and played pesky on-ball defense – two things that raised his draft stock. The 76ers don't have much to offer off the bench and Chandler could possibly be a lead guard for their second unit.

24. Milwaukee Bucks: Blake Wesley, Notre Dame

Position: Guard

Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 185 lbs.

Age: 19, Freshman

The Bucks severely lacked a playmaking punch without Khris Middleton in their second-round loss to the Celtics and it would be wise to address that need in the draft. Wesley is an intriguing option as a quick and shifty guard. He just barely scraped the floor of what he has to offer as a player down the road during his one season at Notre Dame. Wesley has tight handle and changes direction in the blink of an eye, knifing through defenses. He's a capable passer off the dribble, but he did tend to force it and turn the ball over at times. He's a raw prospect but could provide some help to the Bucks' lacking backcourt.

25. San Antonio Spurs (via BOS): Kendall Brown, Baylor

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-8, 205 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Brown had a rough stretch from the Big 12 Tournament through the NCAA Tournament, but his athleticism, quick feet, breakaway speed and vertical leap make him a high-risk, high-reward prospect. The Baylor freshman could provide some added depth for the Spurs on the wing, but he'll be a development project.

26. Dallas Mavericks: Christian Koloko, Arizona

Position: C

Height and weight: 7-foot-1, 230 lbs.

Age: 21, Junior

Koloko is one of the best interior defenders in this draft class, as evidence of taking home Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year. The 7-footer averaged 18.3 points, 9.7 rebounds and 3.3 blocks per game for Arizona in the NCAA Tournament, showing off his tough and physical attitude in the paint on both ends of the floor. The Mavericks are lacking in size and Koloko is quick and athletic enough to keep up with their small-ball lineups. The 21-year-old is still fairly new to basketball, as he primarily played soccer until he was 15.

27. Miami Heat: Trevor Keels, Duke

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-4, 221 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

The Heat's need for a backup point guard became evident when Kyle Lowry went down during the playoffs. While Gabe Vincent did a strong job in his place, Miami could still use some help at the position. Keels is the type of strong and physical guard who could thrive in Heat Culture. He can defend multiple positions at a high level and he has a quick and powerful burst when he attacks the basket. Plus Keels can knock it down from long range as he showed with some timely 3-point shots during Duke's run to the Final Four. Keels is well worth a flier in the first round.

28. Golden State Warriors: Bryce McGowens, Nebraska

Position: Guard

Height and weight: 6-foot-7, 179 lbs.

Age: 19, Freshman

The Warriors have found the perfect blend of established talent to win now while also stashing some prospects for the future. Last year, they added an athletic and versatile defender Jonathan Kuminga and a sharpshooter in Moses Moody in the draft. This year, if they look to bring in a playmaker to pair with Jordan Poole for the future, McGowens would be a good fit. 

His shot creation skills are intriguing as a 6-foot-7 guard, but he took all the shots on a poor Nebraska team. If he can become a more consistent shooter and develop his playmaking skills, he could be a diamond-in-the-rough prospect for whichever team takes a chance on him in the late first round.

29. Memphis Grizzlies: Walker Kessler, Auburn

Position: Center

Height and weight: 7-foot-1, 245 lbs.

Age: 20, Sophomore

The Grizzlies' frontcourt was lacking when Jaren Jackson Jr. continuously got in foul trouble during the 2022 NBA Playoffs. While Steven Adams brings a physical presence, they could use another brute force like that coming off the bench. That's where Kessler makes sense, as the sophomore was the nation's best shot-blocker this season. He may struggle at the NBA level because teams will hunt the clunkier big in pick-and-rolls, but he's a strong rim protector, solid rebounder and has shown some signs of a perimeter shooting touch.

30. Oklahoma City Thunder (via PHX): Christian Braun, Kansas

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 218 lbs.

Age: 20, Junior

The Thunder need perimeter shooting and Braun is the type of 3-and-D wing who could excel next to Gilgeous-Alexander and Giddey. The Kansas junior is much more than just a spot-up shooter. He has great instincts as a cutter and rebounds at a high level. He knocked down 38 percent of his 3s during his three seasons at Kansas and was a key cog in their National Championship run this past year. Braun does all the little things to help a team and the Thunder could use a player who plays winning basketball the way he does.

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Kyle Irving is an NBA content producer for The Sporting News.