NBA Mock Draft 2022: Smith, Holmgren 1-2 in Sam Vecenie’s latest two-round mock

Welcome to 2022 NBA Draft week! Here is our yearly live mock draft. This is the link where you can find my most recent projections for Thursday’s 2022 NBA Draft as we gear up toward what is expected to be an exciting week in the NBA.

With the NBA Finals finishing early, there is something of an expectation that the week leading up to the draft could end up being fairly movement-filled as every team actively begins to set itself up for the 2022-23 season. Additionally, this draft is generally seen as something of a question mark throughout the league, which has led to teams being a bit more willing to discuss moving draft picks within this class.

Speaking of the strength of this draft, here’s where I am on it as we settle in this week.

I believe there are three legitimate top-three-caliber picks in this draft in Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren. I believe that in any average-strength draft, these three players would be valued as top-three guys in the class. I don’t love any of them at No. 1, but all three are genuine potential All-Stars down the road.

Beyond them, I have Jaden Ivey at the bottom of their tier, a legitimate top-five worthy player. I don’t see another average top-five pick in this class, and actually think the depth from 5 to 10 or so is a bit soft. From No. 10 to No. 20, I think the draft has the potential to deliver some value, but there is a real hit-or-miss, boom-or-bust quality to some of the players in this range. That can be doubly said for my next tier, which is somewhere from No. 21 or so down to the mid-40s. There are a number of high-upside, low-floor players who, frankly, probably entered the draft a bit too early this year but will be expecting NBA investment and development. How teams deal with those players — such as Peyton Watson, Josh Minott, Caleb Houstan and others — will be a fascinating storyline to track over the course of the night.

Because of those players — many of whose development was in some way, shape or form stunted by the pandemic — it’s very possible we look back on this draft in five years, even more than in other drafts, and wonder how in the world it ended up going in the order that it did.  This is going to be a wild night, one that transforms the NBA as all drafts do and one that will be interesting to track moving forward.

A few other notes:

  • Don’t be surprised to see a number of expected draft picks end up unselected. Why? Per sources on the agency side, teams have been calling about getting players on two-way contracts on picks all the way up in the 30s. Don’t be surprised to see a number of players picked later on who are willing to accept two-way contracts as opposed to maybe higher-upside types. Additionally, there is some real depth in terms of the international class into the second round, so we could see a number of draft-and-stash picks. Many of those are projected below.
  • I would expect a lot of teams currently in the 30s to move out of the 30s. There is an expectation that a lot of those picks will be moved as teams that currently don’t have picks look to pick them up, either via assets or via purchasing the picks. So if your team doesn’t currently have a pick, I wouldn’t expect necessarily that they end the night that way. The Lakers, particularly, have been said to be fairly active in looking to acquire a pick depending on how their board falls into the second round.
  • There aren’t a ton of pure player breakdowns in this mock draft. To find those, check out the 2022 NBA Draft Guide. This year’s version is nearly 90,000 words and has everything you need to know about each player in this class.

1. Orlando Magic

Jabari Smith Jr. | 6-10 forward | 19 years old | Auburn

Smith was the guy at No. 1 in the immediate post-lottery mock draft, and he remains that guy here as we start draft week. I’m not as certain as some of my media colleagues as to call this a lock. Orlando has done its due diligence on all of the top group of prospects in differing ways. I don’t think this decision has been made for weeks or anything like that, and we’ll just find out about it on draft night. Also, what were designed leaks in order to try to persuade Oklahoma City to call them to move up to No. 1? What is accurate? There are a lot of smoke screens across the league right now. I know this is not the answer that bettors want to hear right now as they try to place their bets on who goes No. 1, but I legitimately have thought throughout this process that Orlando’s decision is much more wide open than the consensus would indicate.

Speaking of the odds, the betting odds have dropped substantially from a peak of around -500  in some places to down around -150 now for Smith. I mentioned on a podcast last week that I felt -160 or so was the right number. It implies about a 61 percent chance of Smith being the No. 1 overall pick, which seems about right to me. He’s the clear favorite as we head into draft week. It’s not the lock of the century like last year when we knew Cade Cunningham was going No. 1.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

Chet Holmgren | 7-1 center | 20 years old | Gonzaga

Holmgren comes in at No. 2 here, and it’d be a great fit for the Thunder. Oklahoma City has wanted to build a modern team with the ability to have all five players grab-and-go on the break, shoot 3s and provide real offensive skill while still being able to defend. The idealized version of that, in many ways, is Holmgren. He’s an elite rim protector with unbelievable instincts on defense who’s also able to push the pace, shoot from distance, handle the ball a bit and pass. He’s wholly unselfish and an elite finisher at the rim, something that will play very well with Josh Giddey and Shai Gilgeous-Alexander. This would be a home run for them at No. 2.

I’ve heard some of the speculation that the Thunder want to take a project player because they’re enamored with the idea of getting Victor Wembanyama at No. 1 in the 2023 NBA Draft, but that seems completely ridiculous. First and foremost, the Thunder aren’t going to win tangibly more games next on the basis of taking one rookie over another rookie. Second, the Thunder have a ton of picks moving forward, but the best they can do in the “Race for Wemby” is a 14 percent chance in the lottery next season. And while Oklahoma City may have a ton of assets moving forward to try to move up in the draft order, I’d be stunned to see anyone move off the No. 1 overall pick next year given how well-regarded Wembanyama is as a generationally valuable prospect. I’ve also heard some speculation that the Thunder may not take Holmgren because that would be two skinny bigs in back-to-back years. Again, the team, in the best-case scenario to get the No. 1 overall pick, has a 14 percent chance to win the lottery. It does not seem like a very Sam Presti move to bank on something with a 14 percent chance of happening to come through. Presti is going to take the best player on their board, point blank. We will see if that is Holmgren or someone else.

3. Houston Rockets

Paolo Banchero | 6-10 forward | 19 years old | Duke

The Rockets get someone that figures to be very high on their board as well with Banchero. Following the Christian Wood trade, it seems clear the Rockets are emptying out their frontcourt for whichever of the top-three frontcourt players falls. His ability to play in a two-man game with last year’s No. 2 overall pick Jalen Green figures to be one of the most exciting combinations in the league in a few years, as Banchero is a monster at punishing smaller players in mismatches and Green is terrific at punishing slower players, meaning you can’t switch actions between the two of them. You also probably can’t effectively drop given how good those two figure to be as shooters. This would be a home run for Houston.

4. Sacramento Kings

Jaden Ivey | 6-4 guard | 20 years old | Purdue

This is where the draft has the potential to get wild. The Kings have picked De’Aaron Fox, Tyrese Haliburton and Davion Mitchell in recent years, which might make you think they wouldn’t take a point guard again. And yet, I’m slotting Ivey here at No. 4 right now for a few reasons. The most important reason is that this pick has been thought to be available in a trade since the lottery, given the fact that it is seen as a four-person top group with Ivey likely being available at No.4 but the Kings still being loaded at the lead guard spot with Fox and Mitchell despite having already moved Haliburton. There have since been reports published publicly, the most prominent of which was ESPN’s prior to Game 6 of the NBA Finals, stating that most teams from the No. 5 to 11 range have reached out.

Honestly, if the Kings’ front office has been told by ownership they need to make the playoffs next year, it makes sense that this pick would come available and is logical this pick would move before the draft. If it does, I would expect the target is Ivey. And even if it doesn’t, the Kings should just take the best player and figure out the roster crunch later. Having said that, the connection here with Keegan Murray is real, and if the team does not get an offer to its liking, Murray is legitimately in play. Our Shams Charania noted earlier this week that the Kings are getting more comfortable with making a selection here.

5. Detroit Pistons

Keegan Murray | 6-8 forward | 21 years old | Iowa

As our Pistons’ beat writer James Edwards has reported multiple times over the course of the draft process — most recently last week — Murray has quite a few fans in the Detroit front office. He would fit exceedingly well with Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey offensively as long-term building blocks and would open the door for the team to have a ready-made replacement if it so decides to move on from Jerami Grant this offseason. I think this one would come down to Murray or Arizona wing Bennedict Mathurin. Mathurin had a very strong workout in Detroit and is absolutely in play in this spot.

6. Indiana Pacers

Bennedict Mathurin | 6-6 wing | 20 years old | Arizona

The Pacers are thought to be high on both Ivey and Murray. With the way this falls, neither is available, and the team here selects Mathurin, an athletic shot maker at 6-foot-6 who should be able to step in relatively early because of his ability to play without the ball as a scorer and because of his physical frame that will not have any issues with the NBA translation. He’ll fit in very well with the backcourt mix the Pacers already have in Haliburton, Chris Duarte and Malcolm Brogdon, and could give the team a replacement for Brogdon if they decide to shop him to a contender this offseason. It’s also worth noting that the Pacers are seen as a very active team right now league-wide with a number of options on the table in regard to this pick, the No. 31 pick, and their veterans.

7. Portland Trail Blazers

Dyson Daniels | 6-7 wing | 19 years old | G League Ignite

Daniels gives the Blazers something they lack on the perimeter: a glue guy who defends at a high level and does all of the little things while also being an elite defender. Daniels came in at the combine between 6-foot-7 and 6-foot-8 and would be a terrific complement to both Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons, assuming the latter is re-signed this offseason following his breakout 2022 season. Daniels passes really well and generally makes life much easier for his teammates with his unselfishness, his balance and his passing and playmaking.

8. New Orleans Pelicans (via Lakers)

Ousmane Dieng | 6-9 forward | 19 years old | New Zealand Breakers

The Pelicans are also thought to like both Daniels and Mathurin, who go the two picks ahead of them here. With neither being available here, it’s hard to say how this goes down. This is considered the start of Dieng’s range, and I’d expect him to go somewhere in the lottery. A 6-foot-9 forward with real passing and playmaking ability as well as some defensive tools, Dieng fits the versatile, positionally flexible archetype that the Pelicans have valued in recent years. I would anticipate that all of Jeremy Sochan, Shaedon Sharpe and others will at least get conversation here.

9. San Antonio Spurs

Johnny Davis | 6-5 wing | 20 years old | Wisconsin

There is some buzz that the Spurs like a big man with this pick. But sources have said not to expect the Spurs to deviate from their board to fit a need over value. They’re trying to accumulate talent more than fill a roster hole — particularly a roster need that might not even really be there given the presence of Jakob Poeltl. This isn’t a comment on who is assuredly higher or lower on their board but rather not to just blindly expect them to only be looking at bigs with this pick. I think they’re looking across the board. Indeed, I’ve gone with Davis here, a very Spurs-y player in terms of toughness and an egoless mentality. He’s a shot creator who could give them another strong asset moving forward on the wing, and this would be a perfect spot for him to develop the consistency of his jumper.

Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis. (Jeff Hanisch / USA Today)

10. Washington Wizards

Shaedon Sharpe | 6-6 forward | 19 years old | Kentucky

Sharpe finally comes off the board here at No. 10. He has an incredibly wide range on draft night, as I would say anywhere from No. 5 to No. 12 are in play — with most teams in that range having shown some real degree of interest. Teams have struggled throughout the process to get a handle on Sharpe’s game, something our Kyle Tucker has written about in-depth multiple times. I’ve popped him here to Washington at No. 10. He is the antithesis of what the Wizards have done in each of the last few drafts, as they’ve taken wing/forwards that are a bit older or in the case of Deni Avdija, a bit more limited as offensive players. Sharpe would bring them some real firepower and excitement, on top of the fact that he’d get to learn from Bradley Beal — an NBA superstar who has been among the best in the league in regard to caring about the future generations and helping to develop younger players, as shown by his experiences with his AAU program. It is worth noting the Wizards are thought league-wide to be in the market for a lead guard. With Ivey and Daniels off the board, there isn’t really one available here who makes sense. But there could be a few names on the trade market who do.

11. New York Knicks

AJ Griffin | 6-6 forward | 18 years old | Duke

Griffin is one of the more difficult players to gauge in this class because of his injury history. Teams will absolutely want to get a look at his medicals before selecting him after he missed large portions of his final two high school seasons and then had a knee injury in the preseason prior to his freshman year at Duke. That — along with his inconsistent defensive play this past season — gives him a bit of a wider range on draft night than you would expect for a wing who is this kind of potentially elite shooter. He hit 45 percent from 3 this past season and has as much natural touch as any player in the class. Anywhere starting from mid-lottery to just outside of the lottery is on the table though. The Knicks are one of the teams that have done due diligence into the bigs in this range too, as Mitchell Robinson is an unrestricted free agent and Nerlens Noel is thought to be available in trade scenarios.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via LAC)

Jeremy Sochan | 6-9 forward | 19 years old | Baylor

The Thunder take Holmgren at the top then follow it here with Sochan, a terrific defender who would give them further depth in the frontcourt and another higher upside swing. The Thunder can afford to take risks like this given the sheer number of picks they have forthcoming in the following years. At 6-foot-9, Sochan is legitimately switchable one through five and is a really sharp help defender who can also knock down a catch-and-shoot 3 or grab-and-go on the break.

13. Charlotte Hornets

Jalen Duren | 6-11 center | 18 years old | Memphis

So here we go, the first true center off the board with Duren landing in Charlotte in what is basically an absolutely perfect landing spot for him. He’ll be able to run the floor and be a lob-catching option for LaMelo Ball, joining Miles Bridges as arguably the highest-flying team in the NBA. One further note here though: This is a good encapsulation of how difficult it is to find landing spots for the centers in this class. If the Spurs and Knicks pass on bigs, the floor becomes lower than you would expect for guys like Duren and Mark Williams. The appetite for true centers has never been lower if they aren’t positionally versatile on defense.

14. Cleveland Cavaliers

Jalen Williams | 6-6 wing | 21 years old | Santa Clara

Williams spikes up the board here for the Cavs. He fills a legitimate positional need for the Cavaliers while also bringing a lot of high-level skills. He is long at 6-foot-6 with a 7-foot-2 wingspan. He can shoot off the catch and make plays off the pass. He can act as a secondary ballhandler in spots and also has versatility in terms of who he guards on the other end. The Cavs desperately need wing-sized players, so Williams would be a good swing for them.

15. Charlotte Hornets (via NOP)

Ochai Agbaji | 6-5 wing | 22 years old | Kansas

The Most Outstanding Player at the Final Four this year, Agbaji’s game translates well to the NBA. He’s an elite, 6-foot-5 catch-and-shoot player, having hit 40.7 percent from 3 on nearly seven attempts per game this past season. He’s also an efficient scorer in transition and has become much more comfortable putting the ball on the deck and handling the ball when necessary.

Defensively, he’s tough, strong and physical for a wing, though he lacks the elite-level measurements that most genuine plus defenders in the NBA possess. He’ll hold his own and won’t make mistakes. He might just end up as a role player, but his solid defensive play and shooting make him a good player for Charlotte to target when looking for running mates with Ball. Under the Michael Jordan ownership regime, the Hornets have also valued high-level collegiate producers as opposed to rawer projects.

16. Atlanta Hawks

Malaki Branham | 6-5 wing | 19 years old | Ohio State

The Hawks are likely just looking at the best player available on their board here, and Branham fits that well as a wing shooter who would provide them with depth in the chance that they make a consolidation trade this summer, giving up some of their depth for a star player. Branham hit 43 percent from 3 this past season and closed the season well for Ohio State. He’s a tough scorer who loves the midrange and is seen as a good swing to take either as a valuable bench scorer or a potential upside starter who could average 20 points per game if his development goes right in the next couple of years. Watch for Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams here if he falls to No. 16, as evaluators believe Williams fits a number of boxes for what the Hawks look for in prospects.

17. Houston Rockets (via BKN)

Tari Eason | 6-8 forward | 21 years old | LSU

It’s tough to get a handle on where Eason will slot in on draft night. Teams are all over the map on him. Some really have some worries about his decision-making and his right-hand dominance while also being concerned about his shooting mechanics. Others look at how much of a playmaker he is on defense and believe he is tailor-made as a playmaker on that end who is switchable two through five and can create transition opportunities with his disruptiveness. I have a lottery grade on Eason, so I’m more in the boat of the latter. This would be a tremendous pickup for Houston.

18. Chicago Bulls

Mark Williams | 7-0 center | 20 years old | Duke

The Bulls have been rumored to be interested in Rudy Gobert, which says to me they would like to find a great-rim protection option either in place of Nikola Vučević or as a complement to him. Williams falls to No. 18 largely because of the circumstances of who is on the board. The Hornets take Duren, who fell to them. The Cavs are set at No. 14, the Hornets aren’t going to take two true centers, the Hawks have Clint Capela and Onyeka Okongwu, and the Rockets have selected quite a few bigs in the last two classes. Unless someone trades up, again, the floor is lower here for bigs than you would think if the draft goes in a certain way.

19. Minnesota Timberwolves

TyTy Washington Jr. | 6-3 guard | 20 years old | Kentucky

It’s a bit more difficult to find a fit for Washington than you would expect on draft night, which is part of the reason why you have seen his name fall in recent weeks on mock drafts. Still, he fits a number of boxes that Tim Connelly tends to look for in prospects, as a guy who is excellent from a skill perspective and processes the game exceedingly well.

20. San Antonio Spurs (via TOR)

E.J. Liddell | 6-7 forward | 21 years old | Ohio State

Liddell looks likely to hear his name called in the first round at some point, and why not with the Spurs? He’s a smart basketball player with good defensive instincts and real toughness. The key here will be shooting, and the Spurs typically feel pretty good about being able to fix guys’ jumpers. Somewhere from the No. 15 to 25 range seems about right for Liddell.

Blake Wesley goes up for a shot against Syracuse. (Matt Cashore / USA Today)

21. Denver Nuggets

Blake Wesley | 6-5 guard | 19 years old | Notre Dame

The thought is that Denver is focused on adding some further depth to its backcourt in this draft. Monte Morris has been widely reported, for instance by the Denver Post, as a player the team is getting quite a bit of interest in on the trade market with Jamal Murray returning from injury. With Morris set to return to the bench, the $18 million he has left on his deal over the next two years is certainly a bit expensive for a backup on a team that already has three max players and Aaron Gordon making a substantial amount. They drafted Bones Hyland last year, but if they do look to move Morris’ money to create some salary flexibility, the Nuggets will have more than enough space on the roster for perimeter player additions. Wesley is a terrific creator who operated on the ball a lot for Notre Dame and could open up Hyland and Murray to play off the ball and act as scorers. On top of that, he’s a high-upside swing as an athletic creator.

22. Memphis Grizzlies (via UTA)

Dalen Terry | 6-7 wing | 19 years old | Arizona

There is a relatively good shot Terry is off the board before this, but he makes so much sense in Memphis as a high-energy culture guy filled on a roster of them. He was All-Defense in the Pac-12 this past season and is a high-level passer and playmaker. He needs to develop his jumper’s consistency a bit, but the Grizzlies have had as much success as anyone at developing players and identifying the right fits for them in the draft. Terry’s range starts near the end of the lottery, and I’d be surprised to see him fall out of the first round.

23. Philadelphia 76ers

Jaden Hardy | 6-4 guard | 19 years old | G League Ignite

This 76ers pick is thought to be available in a trade if the right offer comes along. The more I go back and watch Hardy’s tape, the more impressed I am with his play later in the season. He may have the best handle in the class, and he knocked down a higher percentage from 3 over his last month and a half. He was more willing to make passing reads later in the season, something he’s actually quite adept at when he chooses to be. This would purely be a “best player available on my board” pick.

24. Milwaukee Bucks

Jake LaRavia | 6-8 forward | 20 years old | Wake Forest

It would be a surprise to see LaRavia fall out of the top 35. He’s shot extremely well in pre-draft workouts and has convinced teams he can be a high-volume shooter who makes them. He tested well athletically at the combine and has the kind of confident mindset that tends to be successful at the next level among role players. The Bucks need shooters next to Giannis Antetokounmpo, and LaRavia has the kind of size and shooting intersection that would be a good fit. His range starts in the late teens.

25. San Antonio Spurs (via BOS)

Walker Kessler | 7-1 center | 20 years old | Auburn

Kessler was my pick for college basketball’s national Defensive Player of the Year. He’s a monster interior rim protector who swats shots with impunity and plays well in drop-coverage situations. He averaged a whopping five blocks per game in SEC play this past season, along with 12 points and nine rebounds. Some scouts think he can shoot a bit from the perimeter. And notice how it’s easy to see how the Spurs can find a good option at the center position even if they wait until No. 25 to take one. Kessler and Ismael Kamagate both have late first-round grades from me and are only one tier off where I have Williams and Duren. Some teams see Kessler and Williams as being very comparable prospects.

26. Houston Rockets (via DAL)

MarJon Beauchamp | 6-6 wing | 21 years old | G League Ignite

Beauchamp has an awesome story of perseverance, essentially carving out his own path after choosing not to go to college. He worked his way into getting an Ignite contract this year and impressed scouts with his willingness to do all of the little things. He defends well on the ball with real switchability because of his 6-foot-11 wingspan. He is aggressive in crashing the glass. He cuts and makes things happen. There is a thought that the Rockets want to add some wing depth at some point in the class, and Beauchamp is a good way to do that.

27. Miami Heat

Bryce McGowens | 6-7 wing | 19 years old | Nebraska

McGowens’ value as a prospect is all about what he could be, not what he is yet. He was great to close the season at Nebraska, but he still didn’t shoot well despite solid mechanics. He’s skinny, but he tries to play a physical brand of basketball. He can create off the bounce at 6-foot-7. It might take some time for him early in his career as he works through his passing reads and gets stronger, but he’s an interesting upside flier for teams to take, given his size as a potential on-ball player. The Heat are as strong a developmental organization as any in the NBA, so getting their hands on a guy like McGowens could pay off down the road. His range is somewhere 20 to 40.

28. Golden State Warriors

Nikola Jović | 6-11 forward | 18 years old | Mega

The Warriors won the title in large part because of their depth of talented guys across the positional spectrum. That core is about to get even more expensive moving forward here. I wonder if the team could look to potentially stash someone who might be willing to stay overseas for a year or two to develop, then come over when the Warriors need another cheaper option. Jović would really fit what the Warriors look for from a basketball IQ perspective, as he’s incredibly smart plus has the ability to dribble, pass and shoot at 6-foot-11. It’s also worth noting that this pick has absolutely been speculated upon as being available in league circles given the Warriors’ upcoming tax bill.

29. Memphis Grizzlies

Kennedy Chandler | 6-0 guard | 19 years old | Tennessee

Seven years ago, Chandler would have been a no-doubter top-20 pick. Now though, there is a real aversion to taking smaller guards in the draft where it can be avoided because teams are better at hunting size-based mismatches than ever before. Still, Chandler is the kind of human being the Grizzlies tend to value, and they do have a real issue potentially at the lead guard position forthcoming. Tyus Jones is a free agent and is probably good enough to be a starting point guard somewhere else if he wants to leave. However, the Grizzlies really do need a strong backup in place, given Ja Morant’s penchant for picking up the occasional injury and missing games. Chandler fits well here.

30. Denver Nuggets (via OKC and PHX)

Andrew Nembhard | 6-4 guard | 22 years old | Gonzaga

Nembhard has been one of the big-time risers of the draft process. At 6-foot-4, he’s a real floor-general type point guard who helped lead Gonzaga to the No. 1 overall seed in the NCAA Tournament this year. If the Nuggets do decide to move Monte Morris, getting someone who is older and can be a ready-made backup point guard would be very helpful. A few sources have also noted not to be surprised if this pick gets moved again, given that the 30th overall pick does tend to be seen as a valuable proposition for rebuilding teams given that those teams tend to be at the top of the second round and the extra year of team control can be valuable for them as they build their core.

Second round

31. Indiana Pacers (via HOU): Max Christie | 6-6 wing | 19 years old | Michigan State

32. Orlando Magic: Christian Braun | 6-7 wing | 21 years old | Kansas

33. Toronto Raptors (via DET): Ismaël Kamagate | 6-11 center | 21 years old | Paris Basketball

34. Oklahoma City Thunder: Caleb Houstan | 6-8 wing | 19 years old | Michigan

35. Orlando Magic (via IND): Trevor Keels | 6-5 guard | 18 years old | Duke

36. Portland Trail Blazers: Kendall Brown | 6-8 wing | 19 years old | Baylor

37. Sacramento Kings: Wendell Moore Jr. | 6-6 wing | 20 years old | Duke

38. San Antonio Spurs (via LAL): Gabriele Procida | 6-8 wing | 20 years old | Fortitudo Bologna

39. Cleveland Cavaliers (via SAS): Josh Minott | 6-8 forward | 19 years old | Memphis

40. Minnesota Timberwolves (via WAS): Ryan Rollins | 6-4 guard | 19 years old | Toledo

41. New Orleans Pelicans: Patrick Baldwin Jr. | 6-10 forward | 19 years old | Milwaukee

42. New York Knicks: Peyton Watson | 6-8 wing | 19 years old | UCLA

43. LA Clippers: Dom Barlow | 6-10 forward | 19 years old | Overtime Elite

44. Atlanta Hawks: Justin Lewis | 6-8 wing | 20 years old | Marquette

45. Charlotte Hornets: Matteo Spagnolo | 6-6 guard | 19 years old | Vanoli Cremona

46. Detroit Pistons (via BKN): Christian Koloko | 7-1 center | 22 years old | Arizona

47. Memphis Grizzlies (via CLE):  Jaylin Williams | 6-10 center | 19 years old | Arkansas

48. Minnesota Timberwolves: JD Davison | 6-3 guard | 19 years old | Alabama

49. Sacramento Kings (via CHI): David Roddy | 6-6 forward | 21 years old | Colorado State

50. Minnesota Timberwolves (via DEN): Jabari Walker | 6-8 forward | 19 years old | Colorado

51. Golden State Warriors (via TOR): Isaiah Mobley | 6-10 forward | 22 years old | USC

52. New Orleans Pelicans (via UTA): Ziga Samar | 6-5 guard | 21 years old | Fuelenbrada

53. Boston Celtics: Jared Rhoden | 6-6 wing | 22 years old | Seton Hall

54. Washington (via DAL): Dereon Seabron | 6-6 wing | 22 years old | NC State

55. Golden State Warriors: Hugo Besson | 6-6 guard | 21 years old | New Zealand Breakers

56. Cleveland Cavaliers (via MIA): Khalifa Diop | 6-11 center | 20 years old | Gran Canaria

57. Portland Trail Blazers (via MEM): Karlo Matkovic | 6-10 center | 21 years old | Mega

58: Indiana Pacers (via PHX): Ron Harper Jr. | 6-6 wing | 22 years old | Rutgers

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(Photo of Jeremy Sochan: Chris Jones / USA Today; photo of Bennedict Mathurin: Kiyoshi Mio / USA Today; illustration by Wes McCabe / The Athletic)


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