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2022 NBA Mock Draft: Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick

The 2022 NBA Draft Lottery is finally in the books and we now know the order teams will be drafting in when the Draft takes place in June. The Orlando Magic got the No. 1 overall pick, the fourth time in their franchise history with the first pick. The Oklahoma City Thunder and the Houston Rockets complete out the top three, as Sacramento and Detroit took picks 4 and 5.

But the big question for the lottery teams heading into June will be who exactly their teams pick. It's a little hard to navigate the picks, considering a player could suddenly jump up the order or see their draft value erode by the time everyone is ready to start making picks.

Despite that, there is officially an order people can rely on to try and make their draft boards ahead of June. That includes us, as we look at how the 14 lottery picks will be used in the 2022 NBA Draft.

14. Cleveland Cavaliers - Ousmane Dieng, New Zealand Breakers 

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

Ousmane Dieng is one of the more unknown prospects in this Draft, as the 6'10 Frenchman has been playing in Australia's NBL this season. We have seen LaMelo Ball and Josh Giddey emerge from the NBL as high-level NBA rookies in recent years, with Dieng hoping to follow a similar path. 

The 18-year-old is a raw forward but has a very high ceiling if developed well. Considering the Cleveland Cavaliers need reinforcement in their forward position instead of playing Lauri Markannen out of position, Dieng can be a big wing that can provide impact for the Cavaliers akin to what Ziaire Williams did for Memphis this season. 

13. Charlotte Hornets - Mark Williams, Duke Blue Devils

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

The Charlotte Hornets can finally solve their big-men issue by drafting Duke center Mark Williams with their late-lottery pick. They will also have the 15th pick in the Draft, so their draft strategy may be a little harder to decipher. However, Williams is the perfect big to put next to LaMelo Ball. He is a rim protector that can play as the roll-man in a pick-and-roll.

Williams may be limited in his overall skill-set, but he is a dream fit with the Hornets. Either with the 13th or 15th pick, Williams needs to be in a Hornets jersey by the time Summer League rolls around. 

12. Oklahoma City Thunder - Jeremy Sochan, Baylor Bears

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

Jeremy Sochan is coming off a strong year with Baylor who failed to defend their national championship. The one thing Sochan doesn't do is fail to defend, as he is probably one of the best high-potential defensive players in this draft. His wingspan and defensive instincts flourished under the Baylor system and he is now a very talented piece who could take a spot in almost any rotation as a specialized role player.

Going to OKC, Sochan will be a project, especially offensively. He is a poor free throw maker and has an unreliable jump shot. But if he can be a lockdown wing for the Thunder while they develop their other players along with him, he could become an integral part of their long-term vision. 

11. New York Knicks - Jalen Duren, Memphis Tigers

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

The New York Knicks may finally be able to find some consistency in their big-man rotation by drafting Jalen Duren. Mitchell Robinson will be a free agent this season and the Knicks might just be moving on from the big man in favor of the talent of Jalen Duren. He is an explosive rim-runner that could fit perfectly on the Knicks.

But, his deficiencies will be the reason he may be available at the eleventh spot. He is not a floor-spacer and his ability to play defense in the NBA will be a question. But if developed right, the second-youngest player in the Draft has a lot of room to develop and grow.  

10: Washington Wizards - Johnny Davis, Wisconsin Badgers 

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

Johnny Davis is one of the harder prospects to place into this draft. He was not a highly-regarded prospect coming into college but had a great year in Wisconsin. He doesn't have the raw athleticism and speed of many other 6'5 guards, but he has proven shot-making ability. With his defensive ability, Davis is a safe pick for the Wizards to pair in the back-court with Bradley Beal.

Davis may not have as much room to further develop as some of the other players in this draft, but he is going to come in and be an instant contributor on an NBA team. His defense should make him valuable even when he is getting used to the NBA offense in his first few months. 

9. San Antonio Spurs - Benedict Mathurin, Arizona Wildcats 

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

Benedict Mathurin is one of the best off-ball scorers available in the draft. He can score off the catch, off a cut, and can even create his own shot with the ball. He is yet another modern combo guard that can perform roles as either the primary guard or the secondary guard. But, there are some issues with his play that need to be kept in mind.

Mathurin is 6'7 has the frame to be a solid guard defender, but hasn't found the right flow and is prone to making poor decisions. In addition, his ball-handling for a combo guard could be better, as his ability to create for others is a little questionable. It's a good thing the Spurs could pair him with Dejounte Murray, who can do everything that Mathurin can't and be a mentor to the young guard and help him round out his game. 

8. New Orleans Pelicans - Dyson Daniels, G-League Ignite


Dyson Daniels is probably the most NBA-ready prospect in the Draft after he spent the last season playing in the NBA G-League for the Ignite. Daniels played his way into his draft position, even though there is still room for fluctuation. He would be the perfect fit for the New Orleans Pelicans, who need more consistent guard play outside C.J. McCollum. Daniels would be the perfect player to fit into that role. 

Dyson has one major flaw that could impact his draft projection, and that is shooting. He is still very unreliable with his shot but can create space for others through his devilish drives and ability to score. He could be a great second playmaker for the Pelicans in his rookie season while developing his shot under the tutelage of McCollum. 

7. Portland Trail Blazers - Adrian Griffin Jr., Duke Blue Devils

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

Yet another Duke Blue Devil on this list, AJ Griffin is one of the wildcard selections of this draft. He is a proven player that could arguably go higher in this draft, with excellent shooting ability and his size. However, there are a few negatives that could plague him going into the draft with respect to what the other teams need. Despite his size, Griffin doesn't put much pressure on the rim and isn't as quick as other guards or elite forwards in the NBA.

His potential is incredible, so it is tough to say where he ends up going. His flaws could be hidden in Portland, as Damian Lillard will be the star of the show. Griffin will just be expected to make the good shots that he gets and be a competent defender, which he can be. His potential talent is what is the most tantalizing, and it will be interesting to see how he develops.

6. Indiana Pacers - Keegan Murray, Iowa Hawkeyes

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

Keegan Murray impressed every single person in the NCAA world when he stepped up for the Iowa Hawkeyes after they lost all-time leading scorer Luka Garza last season. Murray took a massive leap and proved he can be a very impactful two-way forward in the NBA, similar to how Scottie Barnes was coming into his rookie season. 

Although, Murray doesn't have the same athletic skills that Barnes has, which sets his ceiling a little lower than others. But he can still be an instant impact role player with his defensive skills and ability to score. With the Pacers core around him, Murray could slot in next to a Myles Turner and allow the Pacers to play five-out with a strong big defender and a wing defender, with Tyrese Haliburton running the show from the point. 

5. Detroit Pistons - Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky Wildcats

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

Shaedon Sharpe is the riskiest prospect to take a flier on in this draft. He ended up not playing in his only NCAA season with the Kentucky Wildcats, but he has been a highly-touted prospect for years now. He is a tremendous athlete with fantastic scoring ability, similar to Anthony Edwards and Jalen Green before him. 

But, Sharpe hasn't played competitive basketball in college or at the pro level as Green and Edwards did. He also doesn't have the same insane athletic gifts they have, even though it is comparable. Sharpe could be a fantastic pick if he realizes his potential alongside Cade Cunningham. The Pistons are still in the position to develop talent, so if they can unlock Sharpe's wily scoring ability, they could be a problem in the future.

4. Sacramento Kings - Jaden Ivey, Purdue Boilermakers

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

The Sacramento Kings were one of the biggest winners in the Draft as they got to move up a few spots and get the fourth pick in what many consider to be a top-four draft. Jaden Ivey would be the perfect addition in a backcourt next to De'Aaron Fox, with the two combining to make arguably the fastest backcourt in NBA history.  

Ivey is a fantastic scorer, with an ability to finish at the rim and be a steady shooter. The biggest question with him will be defense, but adding him to the Kings guard situation may be ideal for his development. Davion Mitchell is one of the best guard defenders in the league and could give the Kings a lot of versatility in how they play their guards, with Davion possibly helping Ivey polish his defensive skills as well. 

3. Houston Rockets - Paolo Banchero, Duke Blue Devils

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

Paolo Banchero has been one of the most revered prospects in basketball for a long time, and he is now one step closer to making his NBA dream come true. He looks to be the definite third pick behind the two players ahead of him, so Banchero will most likely join Jalen Green on the Houston Rockets. He would be an interesting fit next to Christian Wood as big-men, but it would provide a massive boost to the Rockets after the season they just had.

Banchero is incredible, as he is a 6'10 forward with the skill-set of a guard. He is a three-level scorer with sound playmaking and defensive abilities, it genuinely doesn't get much better. But despite all of that, we have Banchero going third to the Rockets. 

2. Oklahoma City Thunder - Jabari Smith Jr., Auburn Tigers


The last time the OKC Thunder had the second pick, they drafted a 6'10 forward with shooting skills few had seen before at that size. That player they drafted was Kevin Durant, and it seems like 15 years later, they might be getting yet another player in that mold. Despite his size, Jabari Smith might be the best shooter in this draft, with his proficiency undisputed. He is more than a serviceable defender coming into the league and has the potential to be an All-Defensive prospect with his skill-set.

Smith struggles to score around the paint for someone his size, but a post-game is something many players develop after coming into the NBA. Playing with guards like Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey will provide a massive boost for Smith, who plays well off strong guards. If the Thunder can snag him, their tanking habits may start changing as soon as next season. 

1. Orlando Magic - Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga Bulldogs

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Will The Orlando Magic Select Chet Holmgren With The No. 1 Overall Pick?

The obvious pick for No. 1 has to be Gonzaga's, Chet Holmgren. Holmgren is a genuine unicorn with his incredible size and scoring ability. Chet is another player with a skill-set comparable to KD, as he is a 7-footer with a very slender frame that can shoot the lights out of the ball. His defense is arguably better than his offense, with his enormous wingspan making him a rim protector and his mobility allowing him to not be on an island outside the post.

The only issue with Holmgren is his offensive consistency and whether he can build a strong post-game to bang with NBA centers in the post? We have seen that big men that don't get into the post can lose a lot of their value quickly, even if they are great shooters. But Holmgren is a special talent that Orlando has to try and pair with his old high-school teammate and close friend Jalen Suggs. This pick could set the Magic on their way to storming back into playoff contention in the East. 

How Impactful Will The 2022 NBA Draft Class Be?

The 2022 Draft Class looks to have some incredibly talented youngsters making it to the league. However, there have been few draft classes in recent memory that didn't end up providing some of the league's most iconic players. This draft class will do the same, with the top-end talent being projected to be all-time greats with their unique skills and size.

There are also plenty of players that may not have significant individual impacts but have the play styles that could afford them a very long NBA career, given good health. The modern players are coming in with developed games in a very competitive league, so the room for mistakes by either the players or the teams drafting them will be very less.  


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