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The 2022 NBA Trading Deadline is behind us, leaving fans of several franchises looking to the future.

While we’re a long way from the 2022 NBA Draft — which is set for Thursday, June 23 — we’re at the heart of college basketball season, meaning players are starting to establish themselves as prospects at the next level.

With the 2022 NBA Draft class taking shape, who will be No. 1 overall? A trio of freshmen from Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. started to appear, but there were still several other prospects trying to enter the conversation.

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Below you can find the second edition of our 2022 NBA Mock Draft, which has changed a lot since the first edition was released before the start of the college basketball season.

For the Mock Draft order, we went with the final standings reversed from the NBA FiveThirtyEight prediction model.

So without further ado – with the first pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, the Detroit Pistons chose…

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2022 NBA Mock Draft

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  1. Detroit Pistons: Paolo Banchero, Duke

Position: F

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

Age: 18, Freshman

Jabari Smith Jr. is starting to become a popular name to overtake the top spot, but I’m sticking with Banchero for now. The Duke freshman has been sensational so far this season, displaying his polished skill set and elite playmaking for his position. With a soft shooting touch, go-to scoring moves from the perimeter and the post, and all the physical tools to succeed on both ends of the floor at the next level, he’s as NBA-ready as any player in this class.

  1. Orlando Magic: Jabari Smith Jr., Auburn

Position: F

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

Age: 18, Freshman

Smith has catapulted himself into discussions for the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft with his play during his freshman year so far. The 6-foot-10 forward just might be the best overall shooter in his class, capable of knocking down shots from anywhere on the floor with his high release and smooth stroke. His length and quickness will allow him to defend multiple positions comfortably at the NBA level, making him an easy fit with whichever franchise is lucky enough to land him.

  1. Houston Rockets: Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga

Position: F/C

Height and weight: 7-foot-1, 190 lbs.

Age: 19, Freshman

Holmgren has just as good of a case to go No. 1 as either of the players above him. The freshman 7-footer has really turned his game up a notch during conference play, starting to dominate on both ends of the floor. He’s one of the best shot blockers in the nation, handles the ball like a guard and can shoot it from the outside. Don’t let his slender frame fool you – Holmgren is more than talented enough to be considered for a top pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
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  1. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jaden Ivey, Purdue

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-4, 200 lbs.

Age: 19, Sophomore

There aren’t many players in this draft class who I am more confident in being able to make an immediate impact at the next level than Ivey. The Purdue sophomore has been a two-way monster this season. He has an explosive first step to get to the rim and invites contact once he’s inside the paint. That same physicality translates to the defensive end, where he has looked like one of the most disruptive perimeter defenders in college basketball. He has also drastically improved his perimeter shooting, making him a complete package on the wing for an NBA team.

  1. Sacramento Kings: Jaden Hardy, G League Ignite

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-4, 185 lbs.

Age: 19

Hardy has really come on strong as the Ignite’s season has gone on, flashing his elite shot creation skills, deep 3-point shooting range and burst to get downhill and score at the rim. We always knew he had a knack for scoring, though. It’s Hardy’s development as a passer and playmaker that has really impressed me as he begins to fine-tune his skills to be a combo guard at the NBA level. He is one of the most well-rounded offensive threats in his class.

  1. Portland Trail Blazers: Keegan Murray, Iowa

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-8, 215 lbs.

Age: 21, Sophomore

In my first Mock Draft, I said Murray had “all the makings of a late first-round steal.” Turns out his ceiling is much higher than that, as evidence of how remarkable he’s been to this point in the college basketball season. Murray’s game perfectly translates to the NBA as a sharp perimeter shooter and long, versatile defender who can guard multiple positions. His skill set is something every team is looking for in today’s 3-point-oriented, positionless game.

  1. Indiana Pacers: Johnny Davis, Wisconsin

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 194 lbs.

Age: 19, Sophomore

How do you go from being unanimously left off of preseason Mock Drafts to cracking the top-10 in a matter of months? The same way you go from averaging 7.0 points per game as a freshman to becoming one of the most prolific scorers in the country as a sophomore. Davis has asserted his way onto NBA Draft boards with his shot creation off the bounce, tough shot-making ability and hard-nosed demeanor on the defensive end. His impressive improvements have him firmly planted in all Player of the Year races.

  1. San Antonio Spurs: Jalen Duren, Memphis

Position: C

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

Age: 18, Freshman

Duren hasn’t had the start to his freshman campaign that most may have expected, but he’s starting to turn it on. The 18-year-old is still one of the most physically gifted players in this class with unmatched strength and jaw-dropping athleticism for someone of his stature. He has the potential to be a two-way force in the paint, catching lobs on offense, protecting the rim on defense and owning the glass on both sides.

  1. New Orleans Pelicans: Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 195 lbs.

Age: 19, Sophomore

Mathurin has only helped his draft stock with a stellar sophomore season to this point. The 6-foot-6 guard has a lightning-quick first step, he’s improved his handle to become a more lethal shot creator and his intensity on the defensive end doesn’t waver. Mathurin will give any NBA team a boost as a pesky perimeter defender and bucket-getter.

  1. Washington Wizards: AJ Griffin, Duke

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 220 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Griffin got out to a slow start to his freshman season but he’s really finding his groove alongside his other NBA-caliber teammates. He’s built like a running back with broad shoulders and a strong frame, looking stiff at times because of his stature. However, he scores effortlessly from all three levels of the floor. He uses his strength to his advantage with good body control when he drives the lane and can shoot it from deep, knocking down a blistering 48.6 percent of his 3s this season. He is also the son of former NBA player and current Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin.
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  1. New York Knicks: TyTy Washington, Kentucky

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-3, 185 lbs.

Age: 19, Freshman

Washington has flourished as Kentucky’s floor general, making a case as the best passer and playmaker in this draft class. His 17-point, 17-assist double-double against Georgia gave us a glimpse of how gifted he is at setting the table for his teammates and elevating everyone around him. He has tight handles, changes pace and direction in an instance has crisp shot mechanics, making him a multi-faceted threat to opposing defenses.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies (via LAL): Patrick Baldwin Jr., Milwaukee

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-9, 220 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Baldwin hasn’t seen the spotlight the way others on this draft board have because Milwaukee doesn’t get much of any national TV time. The 18-year-old isn’t dominating the mid-major level in a way you would have expected from the No. 5-ranked player in his high school class, but Baldwin’s measurables and potential still land him in the lottery. He’ll have to shoot the 3 at much higher clip (26.6% so far this season) to truly make an impact at the NBA level, though.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder (via LAC): Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 180 lbs.

Age: 19

Daniels brings a ton of energy to the defensive side of the ball, using his length to suffocate ball handlers on the perimeter. He does most of his scoring as a cutter on offense and has shown a knack for playmaking with the ball in his hands, but he needs to fine-tune his jumpshot to truly become a two-way player.
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  1. Atlanta Hawks (via CHA): Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 215 lbs.

Age: 21, Senior

It’s rare to see a senior in the lottery these days, but Agbaji has shown his improvement is worthy of NBA consideration. He’s a scoring threat from all three levels of the floor, starting with his ability as a knockdown shooter from 3-point range. His ball handling has improved and he’s gotten more comfortable attacking off the dribble, pairing well with his strong frame and steady body control when he gets to the basket. His age could be seen as a negative, but Agbaji should be ready to enter an NBA rotation immediately as a 3-and-D option.

  1. Atlanta Hawks: MarJon Beauchamp, G League Ignite

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-6, 199 lbs.

Age: 21

Beauchamp has elevated his draft stock as much as anyone on this list. The 21-year-old wing played 14 games in Junior College (and averaged roughly 30 points, 10 rebounds and five assists in that span) before taking his talents to the Ignite. With the Ignite, he has displayed his NBA potential as an energetic forward who can defend multiple positions. He needs to improve as a spot-up shooter to reach his ceiling as a 3-and-D player, but he’s a glue guy who will crash the glass, run the lane and put pressure on defenses as a cutter.

  1. Chicago Bulls: Mark Williams, Duke

Position: C

Height and weight: 7-feet, 245 lbs.

Age: 19, Sophomore

Williams is more of a traditional big man but at 7-feet tall with a reported 7-foot-7 wingspan, he’s crafted like a typical rim-runner at the next level. Williams has been one of the best rim protectors and shot blockers in college basketball and even though he’s not super athletic, his length makes him a threat as a lob catcher from the dunker spot on offense.

  1. Houston Rockets (via BKN): Kendall Brown, Baylor

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-8, 205 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Brown had a really strong start to the season, which saw the Baylor freshman rise up on Mock Drafts. His fluid athleticism, quick feet, breakaway speed and vertical leap make him an enticing prospect. He can comfortably defend 1-through-4 with the agility to keep up with guards on the perimeter and the length and hops to bother forwards inside. His jumpshot mechanics could use some work but he still finds ways to score by running the floor hard in transition.

  1. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jean Montero, Overtime Elite, Dominican Republic

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-2, 170 lbs.

Age: 18

Montero is a confident ball handler who changes speed and direction well. He lets the game come to him as a floor general, knowing when to attack or set up his teammates with keen passing instincts. He’s one of the better pure point guards in his class, looking to become the first player drafted from the newly establish Overtime Elite program.

  1. San Antonio Spurs (via TOR): Nikola Jovic, Mega Basket (ABA), Serbia

Position: F

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

Age: 18

Jovic has an incredible feel for the game as a 6-foot-10 forward. He’s at his best playing on the perimeter as a point-forward with crafty passing skills, but also has great touch around the basket as a slithery finisher. He’s averaging 11 points, four boards and three assists playing high-level basketball overseas, showing he can produce against other pros.
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  1. San Antonio Spurs (via BOS): Trevor Keels, Duke

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-4, 221 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Keels is a big guard in every sense of the term. At 6-foot-4, 221 pounds, he is a walking mismatch for smaller players on the perimeter. He has the strength to disrupt any opposing ball handler and has a quick and powerful burst when he attacks the basket. His jumpshot isn’t reliable just yet – which is his biggest area to improve upon – but he’s a sound playmaker with crafty passing skills, making him an intriguing prospect as a combo guard.

  1. Indiana Pacers (via CLE): Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-feet, 170 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Chandler is a quick point guard who is at his best when he is creating for others. He’s a bit undersized but uses his speed to get out in transition and find teammates running the lane. He has great court vision but has a tendency to do too much at times. He has soft touch on his floaters and a solid jumpshot but struggles to score at the rim.

  1. Dallas Mavericks: Ousmane Dieng, NZ Breakers (NBL), France

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-9, 185 lbs.

Age: 18

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 hasn’t shown much during his one NBL season but still has a high ceiling of untapped potential as a development project for an NBA franchise.

  1. Denver Nuggets: E.J. Liddell, Ohio State

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-7, 240 lbs.

Age: 21, Junior

Liddell has slowly progressed into an NBA talent over his three years at Ohio State. Even though he is undersized as a forward at 6-foot-7, his IQ and mobility make up for what he lacks in size. His length and versatility allow him to defend both bigs and wings and he has quick hands and good instincts to come up with blocks. He’s a savvy post scorer and has developed into a reliable 3-point shooter – something that is crucial for his future in the league. He’ll be a stretch forward or small-ball big at the next level.

  1. Philadelphia 76ers: JD Davison, Alabama

Position: G

Height and weight: 6-foot-3, 175 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Davison is as explosive as they come. He has elite speed, burst and jaw-dropping athleticism, always a threat to detonate on someone at the rim. His lack of a jumpshot and unpolished playmaking skills raises questions about his ability at the next level, and it could be a reason for him to return to college for a sophomore season.

  1. Milwaukee Bucks: Caleb Houstan, Michigan

Position: F

Height and weight: 6-foot-8, 205 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Houstan hasn’t had the big year that was anticipated of him, but he still projects to have a high ceiling as a pro. At 6-foot-8 with a reported wingspan that is well over 7-feet, he’s built like a prototypical 3-and-D forward. He has a smooth shooting stroke and has all the tools to be a lockdown defender, but he could develop as a shot creator to raise his potential even more. His upside is undeniable but there is still work to be done.

  1. Miami Heat: Blake Wesley, Notre Dame

Position: Guard

Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 185 lbs.

Age: 18, Freshman

Wesley has inserted his way onto Mock Draft boards as the catalyst of Notre Dame’s surprising success. He orchestrates this team’s offense in the halfcourt, knowing when to set up his teammates or look for his own shot. He excels as a shot creator, even with an inconsistent jumper, which could be his key to becoming a solidified NBA prospect this year or down the line.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies (UTA): Hugo Besson, NZ Breakers (NBL), France

Position: Guard

Height and weight: 6-foot-3, 196 lbs.

Age: 20

Besson is a pure scorer who can get a bucket in a variety of ways. He’s quick enough to get to the rim but also has no problem pulling up for jumpers off the dribble. His shooting efficiency and shot selection could use work, as could his playmaking skills. He’s averaging 14 points per game in Australia’s NBL, which is impressive against other pros, but shooting under 40 percent from the field and just 32 percent from 3, there are improvements to be made.

  1. Memphis Grizzlies: Bryce McGowens, Nebraska

Position: Guard

Height and weight: 6-foot-7, 179 lbs.

Age: 19, Freshman

McGowens can flat-out score the ball. His shot creation skills are intriguing as a 6-foot-7 guard, but he’s taking all the shots on a poor Nebraska team. If he can become a more consistent shooter and develop his playmaking skills, he could rise up draft boards in the coming years. If he elects to come out this season, he’ll be a development project for an NBA team.

  1. Golden State Warriors: Walker Kessler, Auburn

Position: Center

Height and weight: 7-foot-1, 245 lbs.

Age: 20, Sophomore

Kessler is the nation’s best shot blocker, averaging over four blocks per game. He’s not super mobile but he’s not clunky either. He has displayed a bit of a shooting touch, giving him some potential as a stretch big. He’s physical inside and dominates the glass. He would be a likely target in pick-and-roll actions at the next level, though.

  1. Oklahoma City Thunder (via PHX): Wendell Moore Jr., Duke

Position: Guard

Height and weight: 6-foot-5, 213 lbs.

Age: 20, Junior

Moore is another player who has progressed his way into becoming a potential NBA talent. He’s Duke’s primary offensive initiator, running the show to make sure all of their scorers get touches. He’s an intelligent and energetic perimeter defender, taking pride in coming up with stops on that end of the floor. He has knocked down 39 percent of his 3s so far this season, which is a huge improvement. If he can continue to shoot it like that, he could be a late-round steal for someone’s backcourt rotation.

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