NBA Mock Draft 2022

This 2022 NBA Mock Draft is updated Wednesday, June 22, 2022. Follow me @walterfootball for updates.

  1. Orlando Magic 2022 NBA Mock Draft Orlando Magic: Jabari Smith, PF, Auburn Auburn
    Congratulations to the Magic for winning the lottery! They need a big man to go with their default center, Wendell Carter. Orlando has nothing at power forward, and Jabari Smith is arguably the top prospect in this class. It’s pretty close with Chet Holmgren and even Paolo Banchero and Jaden Ivey, so nothing is set in stone at the moment.

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  2. Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder: Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga Gonzaga
    The Thunder desperately need size. If Chet Holmgren makes it to No. 2, I’d expect him to be the pick unless Jabari Smith is available. He might be the son of Mike Holmgren – who really knows – but I wouldn’t hold that against him. Holmgren will remain the pick here, as he was last time in this site’s 2022 NBA Mock Draft.

  3. Houston Rockets Houston Rockets: Paolo Banchero, PF, Duke Duke
    The Rockets need mostly everything, so they should just take the best player available. I think that’s Paolo Banchero, though you could make the case for Jaden Ivey.

  4. Sacramento Kings Sacramento Kings: Jaden Ivey, SG, Purdue Purdue
    I’m still not sure why the Kings traded Tyrese Haliburton, but they’ll need help in the backcourt next to De’Aaron Fox. They could be getting the best player in the draft with this pick.

  5. Detroit Pistons Detroit Pistons: Keegan Murray, PF, Iowa Iowa
    The Pistons need another big man to go with Isaiah Stewart, so Keegan Murray might seem appealing to them at No. 5.

  6. Indiana Pacers Indiana Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin, SF, Arizona Arizona
    Malcolm Brogdon could be on the move, per some trade rumors. If he goes, the Pacers will need another wing to go along with Buddy Hield.

  7. Portland Trailblazers Portland Trailblazers: Shaedon Sharpe, SG, Kentucky Kentucky
    The Blazers lost C.J. McCollum, so they need a better backcourt mate for Damian Lillard.

  8. New Orleans Pelicans New Orleans Pelicans: Johnny Davis, SF, Wisconsin Wisconsin
    The Pelicans could use another wing to go along with Brandon Ingram, and the Wisconsin product could help fill that void. Johnny Davis was one of the worst coaches in NBA history. Let’s hope his potential son is a better player than his potential dad was a coach.

  9. San Antonio Spurs San Antonio Spurs: Jalen Duran, C, Memphis Memphis
    What the Spurs need most is for Gregg Popovich to regain his sanity. That’s not available at this pick, so they can add a big man to finally replace LaMarcus Aldridge.

  10. Washington Bullets Washington Bullets: Dyson Daniels, SG/SF, Australia Australia
    The Bullets are a truly miserable team. They’re desperate for help at point guard, small forward and center, so they should obtain the top player at one of those positions.

  11. New York Knicks New York Knicks: A.J. Griffin, SF, Duke Duke
    Kemba Walker was a predictable bust signing for the Knicks, so they’ll need to find a new point guard. They could also target a wing like A.J. Griffin, who seems like a great fit.

  12. Oklahoma City Thunder Oklahoma City Thunder: Ousmane Dieng, SF, France
    Ousmane Dieng will join Mike Holmgren’s potential son in Oklahoma City, filling a big need on the wing.

  13. Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets: Jeremy Sochan, PF, Baylor Baylor
    The Hornets have two picks to get this right. They need frontcourt help to get them over the hump and into the real playoffs.

  14. Cleveland Cavaliers Cleveland Cavaliers: Jalen Williams, SG/SF, Santa Clara Santa Clara
    The Cavaliers desperately need help on the wing, so perhaps they’ll take the Santa Clara prospect to fill that void.

  15. Charlotte Hornets Charlotte Hornets: Mark Williams, C, Duke Duke
    I’m sure the Hornets will be hoping that Jalen Duran will fall to them at No. 13. Instead, they’ll have to settle for Mark Williams to perhaps finally cure their woes at center, which have seemingly existed since Alonzo Mourning’s departure.

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