The NBA is already back! did you miss it? The 2022 NBA Draft is Thursday at 8 p.m. ET, a week after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. The win gave the Warriors their fourth championship in the past eight seasons, removing all doubts as to whether they deserve to be called a dynasty.
How was that dynasty formed? NBA Draft, of course. Stephen Curry, Drummond Greene and Klay Thompson all joined the Warriors through the draft.
Tonight begins the opportunity for every other team to build their dynasty. Who will the Orlando Magic choose to lead their franchise in the Promised Land?
We are excited to explore it with you. Consider this live tracker your one-stop shop for all things 2022 NBA Draft related. Below, we’ll provide analysis and commentary on the incident in real time.
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, NBA Draft Buzz: What our experts are hearing as of Draft Day.
, Draft Sleeper: These players can prove many teams wrong.
, NBA Draft Podcast: Where will the biggest names land?
, NBA Draft Odds: Jabari Smith is the favorite to go to No. 1
Will Houston trade to take on Paolo Banchero?
The Vegas line changed quite a bit earlier this week in hopes that Paolo Banchero could go No. With no clear cut overall, much speculation is swirling about what the Orlando Magic will do when they are on the clock later Thursday.
Jabari Smith still makes the most sense for the Magic at No. 1, and if the Houston Rockets worry that the Oklahoma City Thunder will take Banchero to No. 2, they’ll need to make a move.
The Rockets aren’t showing their cards, but Banchero talked a lot about his time in Houston for his workouts during media availability, saying he can see himself fit in well with Jalen Greene and Kevin Porter Jr. Huh.
All of this could be last-minute smoke to lure Houston in a trade from Orlando and sweeten the deal if they drop to No. – Kristen Peaky
Jabari Smith: ‘I’d be surprised if I wasn’t taken No. 1’
NEW YORK – The No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft belongs to the Orlando Magic. And at this point, it’s no secret who they plan to pick on Thursday night.
“I’d be surprised if I’m not picked No. 1,” Jabber Smith Jr., the unanimous top overall pick out from Auburn, told Yahoo Sports. “It is just my competitive nature with my selflessness and my ability to shoot the ball, defend multiple positions and care about winning. I don’t care about statistics. I feel that I can help any team immediately. But I think I’m the No. 1 pick.” — Chris Haynes
Auburn coach Bruce Pearl confident Jabari Smith will go No. 1 and ‘take Orlando to victory’
NEW YORK – The day has finally arrived. If they hold the pick, all signs point to Magic picking Auburn’s Jabari Smith with the No. 1 overall pick.
Smith, a 6-foot-11 forward, played one season at Auburn and head coach Bruce Pearl knows what kind of player the Magic are getting if they take him with the first pick.
“What makes him No. 1? For his size, he’s the best jump shooter I’ve seen in college in 20 years,” Pearl told Yahoo Sports. “He’s almost as ready as I’ve ever seen and he’s going to lead Orlando to victory.” – Kristen Peaky
Tari Eason, who could be Scotty Barnes in this class, ‘can definitely see comparisons in our games’
NEW YORK – This time last year, Tari Iason was in the midst of making a decision that would change the course of her career. After a disappointing freshman season at Cincinnati, where he averaged only 7.3 points and 5.9 rebounds in 18 minutes, Eason decided to enter the transfer portal and eventually landed at LSU.
At the time, Will Wade had sent only three players to the NBA Draft (most notably Cam Thomas to the Brooklyn Nets at number 27 in 2021), but liked the freedom given to Eason and the idea of playing in a new conference. .
“There was a learning curve and it was a new team, new season, new league and I was just adjusting to everything,” Eason told Yahoo Sports. “Through it, I became more comfortable in the game and that’s when things started to open up.” – Kristen Peaky
Jalen Williams is discussing the lottery
The 6-foot-7 junior from Santa Clara shot up the draft board after his strong showing in the NBA Draft Combine and cemented himself as a first-round pick. After working for a handful of teams, Williams’ stock has been rising in the draft and there have been rumblings of late that Williams could sneak anywhere from No. 8 (New Orleans Pelicans) to No. 19 (Minnesota Timberwolves) in the lottery. ,
“This process has just been a blessing,” Williams told Yahoo Sports. “I’m from a small school, but basketball is basketball and I feel like I can compete at the highest level, and I’m ready to work for whatever team chooses me.” – Kristen Peaky
Pick Jabari Smith stress-free 24 hours before projected No. 1 draft
Yahoo Sports caught up with Smith at the draft’s host hotel and Smith was apparently calm and resting 24 hours into the draft.
“I feel great and I’m ready for tomorrow,” Smith told Yahoo Sports. “I can’t sleep tonight, but that’s because I’m excited for tomorrow.” – Kristen Peaky
Report: Pistons trade Jeremy Grant to Trail Blazers for first-round pick
Detroit Pistons traded 28-year-old Wing Jeremy Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for the top four protected 2025 first-round draft pick from the Milwaukee Bucks, According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski,
In the deal, Portland and Detroit will swap picks No. 36 and 46 in the second round of Thursday’s NBA draft. The Blazers will return the Pistons’ 2025 second-round pick in Detroit. Portland treated the Pistons more favorably to their second-round pick and the New Orleans Pelicans in 2026.
Grant averaged 19.2 points (on 43/36/84 shooting splits), 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.9 minutes in 47 games for the Pistons last season. He was an integral role player for the Denver Nuggets before taking on the responsibility of playing more in free agency while participating in the 2020 Eastern Conference Finals. The Pistons awarded him a three-year, $60 million contract and high utilization in 2020, and he emerged as a fringe All-Star candidate. With him as the primary substitute, however, Detroit won 43 games over the past two seasons.
Grant is another wing in a long line of options that the Blazers have tried to fit All-Star point guard Damien Lillard almost six times, and he may be the best of a bunch that includes Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Gary Trent Jr. , Trevor Ariza, Rodney Hood, Mo Harkless and Al-Farooq Aminu, among others.
— Ben Rohrbach
Paolo Banchero is turning a corner at the odds to go to Las Vegas No. 1
In the past 24 hours, Banchero’s chances of being drafted No. 1 overall on BetMGM have gone from +900 to +200 (Chet Holmgren is now +225). Suffice it to believe that the Orlando Magic are considering Banchero with the No. 1 pick (many say it’s a two-way race between Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren).
Banchero is the most physically prepared of the top three players with his 6-foot-10, 250-pound frame. When Holmgren and Banchero went head-to-head last November, Banchero seemed to be the better player as he posted 21 points, five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. A scout or executive from each NBA team was watching excellent at transitioning Banchero as the primary ball-handler and going to toe defensively with Holmgren.
This swing in Vegas may be a sign that Banchero had an excellent workout in Orlando, with Holmgren playing Coy and not saying who he worked for or how those workouts came to be.
When is the 2022 NBA Draft?
The NBA draft is Thursday, June 23.
What is the start time of the 2022 NBA Draft?
The NBA Draft starts at 8 p.m. ET.
Which TV channel is the 2022 NBA Draft on?
The first round of the NBA draft will be broadcast on ABC and ESPN. The second round will be on ESPN.
Where is the 2022 NBA Draft?
The NBA Draft will be held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the league’s Brooklyn Nets will play. This is the ninth year in a row that the draft will be held at the Barclays Center.
Who has been selected for the first time in the 2022 NBA draft?
The Orlando Magic holds the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA Draft after winning the draft lottery in May. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings round out the top four based on lottery.
What is the full order of selection in the 2022 NBA draft?
Current order is:
2. Oklahoma City
8. New Orleans (from the Los Angeles Lakers)
9. St. Anthony
11. New York
12. Oklahoma City (from the Los Angeles Clippers)
15. Charlotte (from New Orleans)
17. Houston (from Brooklyn)
20. San Antonio (from Toronto)
22. Memphis (from Utah)
25. San Antonio (from Boston)
28. Golden State
30. Denver (from Oklahoma City via Phoenix)
31. Indiana (from Houston via Cleveland)
33. Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago)
34. Oklahoma City
35. LA Lakers (from Orlando via Indiana and Milwaukee)
38. San Antonio (from the Los Angeles Lakers via Chicago and Washington)
39. Cleveland (San Antonio via Utah)
40. Minnesota (Washington via Cleveland)
41. New Orleans
42. New York
43. La Clippers
46. Detroit (from Brooklyn)
47. Memphis (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta)
49. Cleveland (from Sacramento via Chicago, Memphis and Detroit)
50. Minnesota (from Denver via Philadelphia)
51. The Golden State (Toronto via Philadelphia)
52. New Orleans (from Utah)
– Milwaukee (confiscated)
— Miami (from Philadelphia via Denver; seized by Miami)
54. Washington (from Dallas)
55. Golden State
56. Cleveland (via Miami to Indiana)
57. Portland (from Memphis via Utah)
58. Indiana (from Phoenix)
Which top prospects will be included in the 2022 NBA draft?
This is the current list of invitees to the Green Room at Barclays Center for the NBA Draft, listed alphabetically.
Ochai Agbaji, F, Kansas
Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
Malachi Branham, F, Ohio State
Dyson Daniels, G, G League Ignite
Johnny Davis, G., Wisconsin;
Osman Dieng, F, NZ Breakers
Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
AJ Griffin, F, Duke
Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga
Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
Benedict Mathurin, G, Arizona;
Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
Shaddon Sharp, G, Kentucky
Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn
Jeremy Sochan, F, Ballorro
Mark Williams, C, Duke
How does the NBA Draft work?
The NBA Draft Lottery was held in May to determine the order of the top 14 picks in this year’s draft. The Orlando Magic earned the right to choose No. 1 overall. Once the ping pong balls have determined the order of the top-four, the number 5-30 is determined by finishing the regular season.
How many rounds are there in the NBA Draft?
There are two rounds in the NBA draft and both will take place on June 23.
How many picks are in the NBA draft?
In 2022, the NBA draft will have 58 selections instead of the customary 60 (30 in each round). The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks each lost a second-round pick due to a breach of league rules.