NBA Draft Mock Draft 2022 | NBA Draft Lottery Picks & Predictions
With March Madness approaching, now is the perfect time to evaluate this year’s class of NBA-caliber talent. Many top prospects have already separated themselves from the pack, and it’s looking like this group could include some franchise-altering talent.
Below, we highlight some of these players and determine where they could end up going once the 2022 NBA Draft begins on June 23.
Please note that NBA Draft pick order is current as of 5 p.m. ET on Wednesday, February 16.
2022 NBA Mock Draft Lottery Predictions
1. Detroit Pistons: Jabari Smith, F, Auburn
Jabari Smith is a rising prospect who’s played his way into the top spot by showcasing a highly versatile offensive game. At 6-foot-10, he’s already able to step away from the basket and make defenses pay with his shooting ability. On the season, Smith is shooting roughly 40% from deep.
Smith already demonstrates an impressive feel for the game despite being just 18 years old.
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2. Orlando Magic: Paolo Banchero, PF/C, Duke
I’m partial to Paolo Banchero for two reasons: One, he’s from Seattle, like me, and secondly, his longtime skills coach is my former AAU teammate and close friend. The intel from him — for years — has been that Banchero is the hardest-working, most talented prospect we’ve seen since our former AAU teammate, Brandon Roy.
I saw Banchero live at MSG against Kentucky to open the season. He’s a walking double-double who could get you 16-10 right now in the NBA. He’s that special offensively and has that impressive a motor on the glass.
3. Houston Rockets: Chet Holmgren, PF/C, Gonzaga
Chet Holmgren’s potential as a playmaking seven-footer who can legitimately lead your fast break is very enticing. Assuming he’s able to gain the necessary substantial weight, we could be talking about a potential superstar.
The Zags deploy him in a variety of ways, including pick-and-roll and on the low block. Holmgren’s shooting mechanics are sound, and while he’s more of a project than Banchero, for example, the upside is too high for him to fall out of the top five.
4. Oklahoma City Thunder: Johnny Davis, SG, Wisconsin
Johnny Davis is a pro-ready, classic two-guard who does everything well, including shoot, defend and rebound — three traits Thunder GM Sam Presti covets.
With his sheer size at 6-foot-5, deadeye three-point shooting (39% from deep), smooth pull-up game and defensive upside, Davis reminds me a lot of Malcolm Brogdon, but he’s more athletic and shiftier at this stage in his young career.
But let’s go back to the rebounding, because Davis is hauling in over 8 boards per game. That’s insanely impressive when we consider the brute nature of the Big Ten.
5. Indiana Pacers: Bennedict Mathurin, SG, Arizona
Bennedict Mathurin is a silky smooth scorer (17 points per game) who can really fill it up in a hurry. He’s deceptively quick turning the corner, and doesn’t get sped up or in trouble with aggressive defenders.
Like Davis, the sample size is rather limited, but Mathurin has a definitive NBA skill set and is boosted because he will play on and off the ball as a pro. He’s a big-time athlete who finishes above the rim and makes a living in the paint.
6. Sacramento Kings: Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite
A run of combo guards continues, this time with Australian native and G League Ignite star Dyson Daniels. One of my favorite prospects in this class, Daniels — like fellow Aussie Josh Giddey — possesses excellent ball skills and feel. He can handle it, pass, score, and he’s nasty.
Despite his youth, Daniels has shown he has no problem mixing it up in the paint and aggressively guarding older players.
7. San Antonio Spurs: Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame
Wesley is a big-time athlete with great size (6-foot-5) and a sound enough handle to play some point as well. I’ve really enjoyed seeing his progression: Wesley plays with good pace, feel and smarts — exactly what you’d think of a Notre Dame player.
Don’t sleep on his high-flying acts though. San Antonio could deploy Wesley right away, paired alongside Dejounte Murray and Keldon Johnson.
8. Portland Trail Blazers (via Pelicans): MarJon Beauchamp, G/F, G League Ignite
The 6-foot-6, 200-pound MarJon Beauchamp has played well in the G League. A rangy athlete who can guard three positions, he reminds me of Grizzlies rookie Ziaire Williams, who’s enjoying a very strong rookie season.
Beauchamp can drive it and handle, while also excelling in the open floor. Bottom line: I like him a lot and think he will only rise as we near the draft and he impresses during workouts with his physical gifts.
9. Portland Trail Blazers: Ochai Agbaji, SG, Kansas
Having seen Ochai Agbaji live at MSG when he torched Michigan State for 29 points, I might view him higher than some teams. But what’s not to like? He’s a powerful, bouncy, 6-foot-5 wing with terrific range on his jumper and defensive versatility.
The next step will be more offensive creativity and a better handle, but Agbaji would pair very nicely next to Anfernee Simons for years to come.
10. New York Knicks: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky
TyTy Washington was Kentucky’s most decorated recruit, and he hasn’t disappointed. A smooth 6-foot-3 operator with finesse and a skill-based game, Washington is unselfish but also able to put his foot on the gas when you need a bucket.
I like him a lot in pick-and-roll, where he puts to use his high basketball acumen and consistently makes the right decision.
11. Memphis Grizzlies (via Lakers): Mark Williams, C, Duke
I really like Mark Williams. He’s a fluid seven-footer who already possesses an advanced sense of timing as a shot-blocker, and a natural feel for finding the soft spot in the pick-and-roll as he navigates toward the lob.
With quick feet and tremendous length to boot, Williams has shown the ability to switch onto ACC guards without giving up much either. One scout made the Clint Capela comparison to me, noting that he thought the 20-year-old Williams had more offensive punch at this stage in their respective careers.
12. Washington Wizards: Kendall Brown, F, Baylor
Kendall Brown’s meteoric rise has come thanks to his superb production at Baylor, specifically his versatile scoring ability. A capable athlete with multi-positional size (6-foot-8), Brown projects as a classic 3-4 man (think P.J. Washington) who should be a solid NBA starter by his second or third season.
He makes plenty of sense for the Wizards at 12.
13. Atlanta Hawks: Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
Jaden Ivey is an explosive offensive player who changes pace like a pro and shows an uncanny ability to get into small crevices and finish at the rim.
Having dramatically improved as a shooter (40% from deep up from 26%), he’s forced defenses to go over ball screens, which will only play to his strengths at the next level.
14. Charlotte Hornets: AJ Griffin, F, Duke
AJ Griffin has been super solid for Duke, showing off a versatile offensive game that includes an excellent jumper highlighted by his 50 percent mark from deep (though he only takes 3.5 triples per game).
Griffin, the son of an NBA player, is as smart as he is nasty. A natural rebounder and defender, he projects as a highly capable two-way player for a winning team.
Picks 15-30 of Round 1 and the full Round 2 predictions for our 2022 NBA Mock Draft will be added at a later date.