2022 NBA Mock Re-Draft

By Mike Elworth.

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June 1, 2023.

  1. Orlando Magic: Paulo Banchero, F, Duke
    Actual Pick: Paulo Banchero

    Well this is easy, he was selected here and he’s already their franchise player, so this was a wise choice.

  2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga
    Actual Pick: Chet Holmgren

    Holmgren missed his rookie season because of injury, but there is no doubt the Thunder would draft him again. The 7-footer is likely to be one of the elite NBA shot-blockers soon and has fantastic scoring and shooting talent. If healthy, he should be a star.

  3. Houston Rockets: Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
    Actual Pick: Jabari Smith Jr.

    Smith is a solid talent and had a nice rookie season, but Ivey’s was superior, and he fills a big need at point guard. Ivey needs to be more efficient as a scorer and playmaker, but has the makings of a franchise point guard.

  4. Sacramento Kings: Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
    Actual Pick: Keegan Murray

    Sacramento drafted him, and he started 80 games as well as in their first-round playoff loss to the Warriors. There may be bigger talents, but Murray fits like a glove, will continue to improve and is already an elite shooter. I’d say they’d pick him again.

  5. Detroit Pistons: Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn
    Actual Pick: Jaden Ivey

    I kind of traded Ivey for Smith Jr., but Smith is a really solid fit in Detroit. He is a near-7-footer who blocks shots and rebounds quite well. Smith is a solid scorer, but he has to increase his efficiency scoring the ball. He can hit threes, which adds value to him.

  6. Indiana Pacers: Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
    Actual Pick: Bennedict Mathurin

    I really considered Mathurin here, as he had a monster rookie season for Indiana, but with Duren, the team would still be receiving a fantastic building block and could have traded Myles Turner for a ton of assets.

  7. Portland Trail Blazers: Bennedict Mathurin, SG, Arizona
    Actual Pick: Shaedon Sharpe

    Mathurin was at nearly 20 points a game mid-season and ended with just 16, so he obviously had trouble in the second half, which can also be said for the Pacers. Regardless, he looks like a second offensive option and would be the kind of guy Damian Lillard would love to have.

  8. New Orleans Pelicans: Jalen Williams, SG, Santa Clara
    Actual Pick: Dyson Daniels

    Williams has been fantastic for the Thunder and is already their starting shooting guard. A pesky defender, a talented playmaker, and a strong and efficient shooter and scorer, Williams was a steal at pick No. 12.

  9. San Antonio Spurs: Walker Kessler, C, Auburn
    Actual Pick: Jeremy Sochan

    Kessler is famous for being a throw-in by Minnesota in the Rudy Gobert trade and had a fantastic rookie season. He’s already shown that he can be a long-term starter and is already one of the NBA’s elite shot-blockers and rebounders. He’s a stud.

  10. Washington Wizards: Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky
    Actual Pick: Johnny Davis

    Sharpe falls a few spots, but he’s still a big-time talent who I think could be traded as the Trail Blazers look to re-tool. The Wizards have needed a guard partner with Bradley Beal for a long time, and Sharpe’s an efficient scorer with huge potential.

  11. New York Knicks: Tari Eason, PF, LSU
    Actual Pick: Ousmane Dieng

    Eason had a nice rookie season, proving himself to be a keeper. The young forward is a potential big-time scorer, although his accuracy was mediocre. He also the makings of a strong defender and should start for Houston next season.

  12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Sochan, PF, Baylor
    Actual Pick: Jalen Williams

    The Spurs found another really nice piece in Sochan, who was a starter for most of the season. He needs help with his efficiency, mostly from three, but has the makings of a fine scorer.

  13. Detroit Pistons: Mark Williams, C, Duke
    Actual Pick: Jalen Duren

    He isn’t Duren, but Williams should become a starting center. He was excellent in his smaller role as a rookie, and I really want to see what he can accomplish with starter minutes.

  14. Cleveland Cavaliers: A.J. Griffin, F, Duke
    Actual Pick: Ochai Agbaji

    Griffin looks to be an ace shooter and big-time bench scorer. The Hawks were starved for bench help, and he really helped them.

  15. Charlotte Hornets: Dyson Daniels, SG, Australia
    Actual Pick: Mark Williams

    Daniels is only here because of his potential, and for a guy who was the eight pick in real life, there’s a lot. Daniels was a very inefficient shooter and scorer, but be showed playmaking potential.

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By Mike Elworth.

Follow Mike @MikeElworth24. For site updates follow @walterfootball.

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