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3rd 2022 NBA Mock Draft.

  1. Orlando Magic: Jabari Smith
  2. Oklahoma City Thunder: Chet Holmgren
  3. Houston Rockets: Paolo Banchero
  4. Sacramento Kings: Jaden Ivey
  5. Detroit Pistons: Shaedon Sharpe

Notes: My top 3 stays the same and I think Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, & Paolo Banchero will all be happy with their landing spots. The three rookies can start right away and be in situations that would fit them best. Smith has a chance to be Orlando’s #1 scoring option in his first year, Holmgren can go to a small ball team in OKC and not be in the paint as much, and Banchero can take on nightly challenges on both ends for the Rockets that will make him a better player as the year goes on just like Jalen Green did last season. With the trade buzz surrounding Sacramento’s #4 pick still being talked about, I believe that by now it’s pretty obvious the Kings are going to trade the pick and a talent like Jaden Ivey won’t fall lower than 4th. This drops Shaedon Sharpe to the Pistons, where Sharpe & Cade Cunningham have the potential to become a star studded backcourt with their polished offensive skills.

6. Indiana Pacers: Keegan Murray

7. Portland Trail Blazers: Dyson Daniels

8. New Orleans Pelicans: AJ Griffin

9. San Antonio Spurs: Jalen Duren

10. Washington Wizards: Bennedict Mathurin

Notes: I still have Keegan Murray going to the Pacers at #6, they definitely need a productive wing scorer. The Portland Trail Blazers are another team that’s been rumored for weeks to trade their pick and Dyson Daniels is a versatile player who a lot of teams like. AJ Griffin going to the Pelicans at #8 can help improve their poor three point shooting from last year (33% 3-PT). I mentioned how Mark Williams’ great showing at the combine could get him selected over Jalen Duren, but I think once the Spurs see Duren up close, they’ll end up picking the 18-year-old based on more potential and skills. And at #10, I still have Bennedict Mathurin going to Washington where Ben & Bradley Beal can become a shooting backcourt with size.

11. New York Knicks: Johnny Davis

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jeremy Sochan

13. Charlotte Hornets: Mark Williams

14. Cleveland Cavaliers: Malaki Branham

Notes: Johnny Davis to the Knicks at #11 remains the same. New York has a bunch of guards that mostly bring it on offense more than defense and Davis is looked at as one of the best two way players in this draft. The Thunder recently worked out Jeremy Sochan and he said that OKC would be a great fit. Also having two of the best defenders in the class in Holmgren & Sochan brings quite the defensive presence to go along with Lu Dort. And at picks 13 & 14, Mark Williams & Malaki Branham go to familiar teams in the Charlotte Hornets & Cleveland Cavaliers (played at Duke & Ohio State). Charlotte needs another big man and Cleveland needs an extra scorer.

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