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NBA Mock Draft 2022: Latest projections and buzz


We’re lower than three weeks away from draft night. The NCAA’s withdrawal deadline has passed and the ultimate phases of preparation are underway across the NBA. There’s been loads of movement in my projections since lottery night and the draft mix, so it’s time for an entire mock draft update.

As usual, this mock goals to predict what the draft would appear like if it took place on a given day. These projections are heavily informed by intel from across the NBA and ongoing conversations with executives, scouts and others across the industry, along with my very own personal evaluations of players, which in lots of cases date back years. Note that these are *not* player rankings: for that, take a take a look at the Big Board, which we’ll update again for the ultimate time following the NBA’s final withdrawal deadline next week.

1. Magic: Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn

Height: 6′ 10″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman

As I wrote a pair weeks ago following the lottery, the overall expectation across the NBA has been that Orlando will go along with Smith at No. 1. And while I’d caution that it’s never an amazing idea to operate with absolute certainty regarding the Magic, who’re considered one of the more buttoned-up organizations in terms of leaks, there are many people across the NBA who consider Smith the large prize of this draft, myself included. This next statement isn’t exactly groundbreaking, but Orlando will do its due diligence and is anticipated to herald as lots of the top prospects as possible for workouts in the approaching weeks. My gut feeling stays that they’ll land on Smith, who’s each a superb fit with the roster and a possible culture-setting player for a Magic team still establishing its identity.

Smith is the youngest of the highest prospects by a meaningful margin and brings a rare collection of plus attributes to the table: great positional size, elite jump shooting, modern defensive versatility and a competitive mindset. Smith can have to expand his array of moves off the dribble and work on attending to the rim more often—skills that may determine what kind of ceiling he eventually hits. Still, there’s a lot to love a couple of prospect who’s polished in so some ways, yet still at a highly nascent stage of his basketball development.

2. Thunder: Paolo Banchero, F, Duke

Height: 6′ 10″ | Weight: 250 | Age: 19 | Freshman

History has shown it’s not an amazing idea to make assumptions about what the Thunder are going to do on draft night. And while a variety of the early buzz around this pick has centered on Chet Holmgren, expect Oklahoma City to also take an extended take a look at Banchero, who matches their ethos together with his size and skill but brings a really different set of strengths. While he doesn’t solve the Thunder’s defensive issues, he’s probably the most polished offensive player within the draft, with a singular mixture of power, skill and passing chops that lets him operate all around the floor as a playmaking fulcrum. He’s not a rim protector, but among the defensive concerns with him are otherwise a tad bit oversold.

Banchero’s jumper comes and goes at times, but he had a powerful freshman season on the entire and needs to be prepared to assist contribute on a rebuilding team immediately. His feel for scoring and finding teammates should take him a good distance, and if his shot-making and defense trend up, there needs to be All-Star caliber seasons in his future. When splitting hairs, his offensive versatility and artistic upside may be what earn him the nod over Holmgren ultimately. Having said all that, I could see either player being the choice. Weighing the varied aspects, I barely lean Banchero for now.

3. Rockets: Chet Holmgren, F/C, Gonzaga

Height: 7′ 0″ | Weight: 190 | Age: 20 | Freshman

It feels fairly protected to assume that the Rockets are going to grab whichever of the highest three bigs falls to them here, which on this scenario is Holmgren. Houston needs frontcourt help, and Jaden Ivey isn’t an amazing fit with the roster. It’s easy enough to attach those dots. Holmgren is a singular prospect in so some ways, which also makes him polarizing across the league, however the Rockets are in the course of a long-term process and may afford him time to get comfortable. Winding up with Holmgren, who has consistently driven winning and doesn’t require a ton of offensive touches so as to add value, can be a fairly nice final result.

Holmgren’s foot speed defending in space and covering ground might be immediately tested within the NBA, but when he proves he can battle on switches and hassle drivers as a roving rim protector, whatever else he gives you as a scorer might be gravy. He’ll face a fairly steep adjustment to the physicality of the league, but he has succeeded regardless of his slender construct at each stop. Holmgren is a capable jump shooter and has great touch across the rim, but isn’t prone to be a real offensive focus early in his profession, if in any respect. It could take some patience, but bigs with Holmgren’s skill and instincts are few and much between. His future team will wish to attempt to alleviate early pressure on him while optimizing his strengths as a shot-blocker and offensive cog.

4. Kings: Keegan Murray, F, Iowa

Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 225 | Age: 21 | Sophomore

The Kings need to navigate considered one of the trickiest spots within the draft, with no clear-cut best choice, assuming the primary three picks go as expected in some order. Jaden Ivey can be easy to pencil in here if his skill set didn’t duplicate as much with De’Aaron Fox and Sacramento wasn’t clearly committed to becoming a playoff team. The Kings could definitely take Ivey and take a look at to make the fit work, but his likely availability also creates a possible value proposition for them in the event that they resolve to trade back. Murray can also be someone to look at closely at this spot, particularly if Sacramento decides to maintain the pick, as a prospect who can split the difference between winning now and constructing for the long run. The Kings can have to take a look at every option, and I might consider Dyson Daniels as a possible dark horse here. Shaedon Sharpe might be in the combination, too, but his inexperience and longer timeline don’t quite align with Sacramento’s current project, not less than on the surface.

The wrinkle here is that Murray isn’t an ideal fit with Domantas Sabonis, but they need to have the ability to cohabitate and would control the glass effectively in tandem. Murray can add value as a scorer, rebounder and defender and produce without hijacking the offense. Improved playmaking and jump shooting would make him much more dynamic. Murray had a powerful argument as the most effective player in college basketball last season. He’s a serious-minded competitor and, so far as older prospects go, he doesn’t seem prone to turn right into a pumpkin. His floor appears to be Indiana at No. 6.

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5. Pistons: Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue

Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 20 | Sophomore

Despite falling to No. 5, the Pistons are in a reasonably great spot here, positioned to grab whichever of Ivey and Murray is offered, while also able to noticeably weigh Shaedon Sharpe against those guys as an upside play. Detroit is in a versatile position constructing around Cade Cunningham, and rival teams still expect the Pistons will look to maneuver Jerami Grant, potentially to amass a second desirable draft pick. The Pistons have to get more athletic and bolster their offense, and right away it’s hard to ascertain them passing on Ivey if he’s on the board.

The pronounced highs and lows of Ivey’s breakout season gave the NBA plenty to nitpick, but his unique speed and explosiveness as a downhill playmaker present an excessive amount of upside to overthink. He should profit greater than most from the liberty and space of the professional game, and if his passing chops and decision-making tick upward over time, Ivey goes to be hard to stop. He has the flexibility to be a excellent defender when he tries, he shoots the three well enough to think it keeps improving and, if he can decelerate the sport for himself mentally while still attacking at a breakneck pace, Ivey is usually a star. Pairing with a cool, collected playmaker like Cunningham would make his life much easier, and vice versa.

6. Pacers: Johnny Davis, SG, Wisconsin

Height: 6′ 5” | Weight: 195 | Age: 20 | Sophomore

The 2 prospects mostly connected to the Pacers by rival teams are Keegan Murray and Jaden Ivey. If either player falls out of the highest five, I’d make an informed guess Indiana would pounce. This naturally raises the query of whether the Pacers might attempt to trade up to make sure they get their guy, considering neither may be available. Indiana doesn’t draft in the highest 10 often, so this can be a big opportunity for them so as to add a foundational player, and there may be incentive to be aggressive in trade talks and get the prospect they need most. But in the event that they do stay put, they need to still have good options remaining.

In a scenario like this, Davis makes a variety of sense for Indiana as a proven scorer and defender, and an intense competitor and employee who vibes with what the Pacers have historically valued in draft picks. He boasts an unusually adept mid-range touch that teams hope will result in more consistency from deep, and his rapid development points to much more room for growth, considering how seriously he takes his craft. That is the high end of his range, but he’s expected to come back off the board somewhere in the highest 10. It looks like the Pacers don’t intend to spend much time within the basement of the Eastern Conference, and Davis’s ability to plug and play at each guard spots would add some immediate value, coupled with long-term upside.

G League Ignite guard Dyson Daniels (3) drives to the basket against Cleveland Charge guard R.J. Nembhard (22) during the second half of the NBA G League Next Gem Game at the Wolstein Center.

7. Trail Blazers: Dyson Daniels, G/F, G League Ignite

Height: 6′ 7” | Weight: 195 | Age: 19

The potential of Portland trading this pick to enhance the roster within the short-term has been bandied about in NBA circles for quite some time, because the Blazers seek for veteran help to replenish the roster around Damian Lillard. Whether which means they appear to trade back or out of the draft entirely is unclear, but expect them to be lively. If the Blazers keep their pick, Daniels would likely hold appeal here as a player who can assist thread the needle between finding short-term help and transitioning right into a rebuild, at any time when Portland decides to go that direction. His defensive chops and skill to run offense would immediately give the Blazers a lift.

Having already spent a successful yr within the G League, Daniels is probably the most mature prospects within the lottery and has been a standout within the predraft process, endearing himself to groups in interviews, and measuring and shooting well on the mix. He’s a jack of all trades with the dimensions, strength and smarts to defend 4 positions while playing all around the floor on offense. His catch-and-shoot game stays a piece in progress, but he’s made improvements in that area and figures to make enough shots to maintain defenses honest. Daniels has no glaring holes in his game, and while he’s not going to be a No. 1 scoring option within the NBA, only a few players ever are. He has considered one of the very best floors within the draft, and his upside is probably a bit undersold, as well.

8. Pelicans: Shaedon Sharpe, SG, Kentucky

Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 19 | Freshman

While Sharpe drew a variety of buzz from teams on the mix, a few of that excitement has turned to trepidation over the past couple weeks, and it’s clear that lots goes to hinge on how he handles his individual workouts. This might be about so far as he could hypothetically fall, and he’s getting looks from teams in the highest five because of his immense athletic gifts and shot-making potential. The difficulty is that it’s hard to expect a player who hasn’t played in lots of high-level game environments to essentially help an NBA team within the immediate future, and likewise that a variety of teams simply haven’t evaluated him for a chronic time frame because of COVID, his late-blooming high-school profession, and the actual fact he sat out at Kentucky.

Considering Sacramento, Indiana and Portland currently seem focused on making real improvements next season, the prospect of taking up a project like Sharpe may be somewhat less appealing in those spots, but in some unspecified time in the future, his upside is difficult to pass on. If he makes it out of the highest six, he might turn out to be a trade goal at No. 7 and No. 8, and it’s also possible the Blazers or Pelicans could just resolve to take an enormous swing on him. Recent Orleans is in a fairly flexible position with this pick, but when Sharpe were to unexpectedly slip, this could be a low-pressure situation for him to develop his game.

9. Spurs: Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor

Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman

Sochan has quietly built some buzz across the league and appears like a powerful bet to go within the back half of the lottery, potentially in the highest 10. He’s a very compelling slot in San Antonio, which has loaded up on perimeter players but could use some additional size up front, particularly with Jakob Poeltl entering a contract yr. Sochan is probably the most intriguing prospects within the draft from a defensive standpoint, as a tricky, smart, switchable forward who brings a ton of energy. His offensive game is more of a piece in progress, but he’s an excellent ball-handler and passer for his size, and there’s a fairly reasonable likelihood he becomes a passable three-point shooter. There’s lots to love here considering how advanced he’s for his age.

10. Wizards: Bennedict Mathurin, SG, Arizona

Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 210 | Age: 19 | Sophomore

The Wizards are pushing to make the playoffs next season and don’t necessarily need to make use of this pick, putting them in position to be opportunistic with trades in the event that they select. But there also needs to be desirable players available, and if Mathurin is on the board he might make sense. His shooting ability and explosive athleticism might be an instantaneous boost for Washington, giving them a more dynamic perimeter choice to play off of Bradley Beal and defend on the wing. Washington could also take a look at an enormous here, with Thomas Bryant hitting free agency and Mark Williams and Jalen Duren each potentially available. That is an interesting swing spot within the back a part of the lottery.

11. Knicks: Mark Williams, C, Duke

Height: 7′ 2” | Weight: 240 | Age: 20 | Sophomore

Rival teams are likely to think the Knicks will goal an enormous or some extent guard within the draft, although their seek for the latter could also be more prone to arrive in the shape of veteran help. Kentucky’s TyTy Washington has come up in conversations as a player to look at here, although this could be a bit early for him to come back off the board. If Recent York stays at No. 11, Mark Williams and Jalen Duren might each be available, allowing them to make a choice from the draft’s two top-rated true centers. Williams has a likelihood to leapfrog Duren on draft night because of his reliability, defensive impact and sheer size: he measured at 7′ 2″ in shoes on the mix with a 7′ 6.5″ wingspan and 9′ 9″ standing reach. He’d be a long-term upgrade on the position with Mitchell Robinson about to hit free agency and provides the Knicks some legitimate interior backbone.

12. Thunder (from Clippers): A.J. Griffin, G/F, Duke

Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 18 | Freshman

There’s some thought across the league that the Thunder may attempt to mix this selection with a few of their other draft picks in an effort to attempt to move as much as get a second top 10 selection. If Griffin falls within the draft, he becomes a extremely interesting potential value pick provided he can stay healthy and provides himself a runway to get his body right. He was a somewhat limited player at Duke, but he’s the most effective shooters in the category and theoretically has the tools to be a a lot better defender. The very fact he’s considered one of the youngest players within the draft helps. Loads will hinge on the state of his medical and the way his camp chooses to distribute that information. Griffin does appear to have considered one of the broader ranges among the many projected lottery picks, but for now it’s hard to ascertain him falling much further than this.

13. Hornets: Jalen Duren, C, Memphis

Height: 6′ 11″ | Weight: 250 | Age: 18 | Freshman

Charlotte’s protracted quest for a long-term center to pair with LaMelo Ball may finally come to an end on this draft, with not less than considered one of Duren or Mark Williams potentially available to them at this pick. Although Duren is more of a conventional big, he’s physically quite gifted and holds some appeal as a long-term center price developing, particularly as considered one of the youngest players within the draft. He’s a robust leaper with a mature frame, good hands and feet, and a few untapped skill potential. Teams have long held concerns over his inconsistent motor and sometimes questionable instincts, however the Hornets’ need for a middle creates a bit more impetus to take that leap.

14. Cavaliers: Ousmane Dieng, F, Recent Zealand Breakers (France)

Height: 6′ 9″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 18

After ending his season in good form, Dieng has built some positive momentum behind the scenes and has an excellent shot to sneak into the lottery. Although he’s not able to contribute at a high level yet, his combination of youth, size and skill level help set him apart and portend untapped upside. Some teams still have questions on his athleticism, but he’s a terrific passer and promising shooter who projects as a viable rotation player and potentially more. The Cavs are loaded up front and are in an excellent spot so as to add a fringe player with this pick. If Dieng is on the board, he makes a variety of sense.

Ohio State Buckeyes guard Malaki Branham (22) dribbles the ball around Villanova Wildcats guard Caleb Daniels (14) in the first half during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament.

15. Hornets (from Pelicans): Malaki Branham, SG, Ohio State

Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Freshman

If the Hornets are capable of grab an enormous with their first selection, it would make sense to buy No. 15 to attempt to move back within the draft and pick up value. In the event that they stay put here, Branham’s youth and shot-making prowess are an interesting option. He’d be a luxury for Charlotte, which should attempt to find minutes for James Bouknight next season, but Branham may be someone one other team targets at this spot if he’s available. He’s a bit undersized for a wing and isn’t extremely explosive, but he’s crafty and smart, and has built a variety of momentum for a player who wasn’t billed as a one-and-done entering the season. If Branham doesn’t sneak into the lottery, he shouldn’t fall much further.

16. Hawks: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky

Height: 6′ 3″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 20 | Freshman

Atlanta could badly use one other guard to run the team and prop up lineups when Trae Young rests. Washington’s ability to operate at either backcourt spot should make him an interesting candidate here. Despite an uneven freshman yr, there’s enough optimism surrounding Washington’s context—he played through injury and Kentucky guards have often fared higher within the NBA—that he maintains an excellent likelihood of getting into the highest 20. Washington isn’t an amazing athlete or overly tall for a combo guard, and he’s somewhat bit polarizing amongst teams considering he was quite old for a freshman. But he should profit from the actual fact this can be a pretty thin guard draft and profiles as a potentially solid rotation option.

17. Rockets (from Nets): Ochai Agbaji, SG, Kansas

Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 215 | Age: 22 | Senior

The Rockets must have some flexibility here at 17, and presuming they grab a forward at No. 3, this might be a spot so as to add a fringe player. While Agbaji can be a more conservative alternative here, he’s prone to come off the board in the kids and will supply reliable shooting and defense early in his profession. There’s some skepticism as to how much upside he really offers considering he doesn’t create much off the dribble, but he’s turned himself right into a reliable player, and his low-maintenance game and floor-spacing skills could add some stability in Houston alongside Jalen Green and whoever they take at No. 3.

18. Bulls: Jalen Williams, G/F, Santa Clara

Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 210 | Age: 21 | Junior

Rival teams expect the Bulls to explore trade options with this pick, preferably seeking veteran help. If Chicago keeps it, that is a chance so as to add a more experienced college player who can feasibly deepen the bench next season. Williams’s stock has skyrocketed over the past month, and he looks to be on pretty firm footing in the primary round. As a well-rounded perimeter player with excellent measurables and the abilities to play several positions, he’s easy to ascertain fitting in just about anywhere. This might be the high end of Williams’s range, but he’s moved the needle in the correct direction and can be a pleasant fit here.

19. Timberwolves: E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State

Height: 6′ 7″ | Weight: 240 | Age: 21 | Junior

With former Nuggets boss Tim Connelly now helming basketball operations in Minnesota, it’s a tad unclear right away which direction the Wolves will take with this pick. Considering the state of the roster, with a variety of money tied up within the backcourt, this can be a logical spot to eye frontcourt help. While Liddell doesn’t have ideal size for an influence forward, he’s a reliable, versatile player who can mess around the rim or on the perimeter and slot in a variety of lineups. As Minnesota looks to search out the correct pieces to enrich Anthony Edwards and Karl-Anthony Towns, a broadly useful player like Liddell makes some sense as a part of the supporting forged.

20. Spurs (from Raptors): Nikola Jovic, F, Mega Basket (Serbia)

Height: 6′ 11″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 18

San Antonio’s roster is currently guard-heavy, with Dejounte Murray emerging as a star and the organization heavily invested in 19-year-old Josh Primo, so the frontcourt needs to be an area of emphasis on this draft. Take into account that it’s unlikely the Spurs use all their picks, with three first-rounders and 4 in the highest 40. Jovic turns 19 this week and holds first-round appeal as a jumbo forward with perimeter skills, plus passing vision and a sweet jumper. He’s also a below-average athlete and prone to be a defensive liability, which can create issues when it comes to fit, however the size-skill combination is usually price a raffle and he’s got some potential as a creative player in the correct situation. The sense I’ve gotten is that Jovic is hoping to come back over to the NBA next season, so this won’t necessarily be a stash pick.

21. Nuggets: Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame

Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 185 | Age: 19 | Freshman

This is able to be a pure upside bet for the Nuggets, with Wesley’s athleticism, slashing ability and significant room to enhance from a physical and skill standpoint making him a worthy bet on this a part of the draft. He’s an excellent athlete and showed flashes of brilliance in college, but he’s also quite raw and profiles higher as a scoring combo guard than a real point. He’ll have to turn out to be a far more effective catch-and-shoot player, while also sharpening his decision-making on the ball. Denver wouldn’t need to rush Wesley into necessary minutes, and the Nuggets are likely to be comfortable taking probabilities on upside. They don’t have a slashing guard like Wesley on the roster, and he could pay real dividends in the long term, particularly if he can turn out to be a plus defender.

22. Grizzlies (from Jazz): Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite

Height: 6′ 4″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 19

The Grizzlies have drafted well in recent times and will have some opportunity to be creative with their two picks within the 20s. Hardy can be an interesting upside play, as a scoring guard who could potentially give them some juice off the bench behind Ja Morant and Desmond Bane. Hardy’s stock fluctuated heavily this yr, but he ended the season on a positive note and has lots to supply on the offensive end, particularly if he’s capable of adjust his shot selection and turn out to be more efficient. He’s a talented shot-maker, has an excellent frame at his size, and it should help that he’s already been tested by the G League. Once projected as a lottery pick, Hardy becomes a pleasant value play on this range of the draft.

23. 76ers: Tari Eason, F, LSU

Height: 6′ 8″ Weight: 215 | Age: 21 | Sophomore

The Nets selected to defer their rights to this pick and send it to the 76ers, as a substitute obtaining Philadelphia’s unprotected first-rounder in 2023, which immediately becomes a fairly interesting trade chip for Brooklyn. Considering Daryl Morey’s historical distaste for using draft picks, it wouldn’t be shocking to see Philly attempt to flip this one. That said, Eason can be a fairly interesting option here, considering his analytics-friendly production and his potential fit as an enormous, rangy defender. Eason is a little bit of a piece in progress despite already being 21, and he’s an acquired taste amongst teams, but this might be a smart landing spot. Eason’s basketball IQ is a bit suspect, and he’s foul-prone and a mean shooter, but when he can iron those things out he should have the ability to assist a team.

24. Bucks: MarJon Beauchamp, SF, G League Ignite

Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 200 | Age: 21

While Milwaukee hasn’t used a first-round pick for itself since 2018, the Bucks have their key players under contract next season and have an excellent opportunity so as to add some youth to the roster here. Beauchamp’s athleticism and length can be an excellent addition off the bench, and he’d be walking right into a stable situation where he won’t be asked to overstretch himself as a scorer. He has prototypical size and length on the wing, and if he can grow to be a consistent shooter, there’s an inexpensive likelihood he becomes a pleasant 3-and-D rotation player. The very fact Beauchamp turns 22 this yr and remains to be somewhat raw and inexperienced for his age has been a holdup for some scouts, but he’s a legitimate developmental bet within the 20s.

25. Spurs (from Celtics): Patrick Baldwin Jr., PF, Milwaukee

Height: 6′ 10″ | Weight: 220 | Age: 19 | Freshman

As mentioned previously, the Spurs may not actually be the team making this pick given they’ve 4 draft picks in the highest 40. There’s a segment of scouts that remain mostly out on Baldwin after a heavily disappointing yr, but he’s began to construct back a little bit of goodwill after the mix and stays probably the most intriguing shooters within the draft, factoring in his size and clean stroke. Baldwin must have the ability to remain healthy, improve his conditioning, regain his confidence and string games together, however it’s hard to assume things can get much worse for him than they did in college. Teams can have to grasp the bad context and feel comfortable with the situation to really take the leap here, but there are only so many knockdown shooters together with his kind of size. Baldwin’s athleticism, defense, and lack of physicality have inspired concerns to various degrees, but in some unspecified time in the future he’s price a shot.

26. Mavericks: Walker Kessler, C, Auburn

Height: 7′ 1″ | Weight: 245 | Age: 20 | Sophomore

The Mavericks have to upgrade their supporting forged around Luka Dončić and will use some additional size with Dwight Powell and Maxi Kleber entering contract years. Kessler was probably the most prolific shot-blocker in college basketball last season and figures to be the third center off the board after Jalen Duren and Mark Williams, but his range is a bit wide within the back a part of the primary round, together with his fit somewhat bit more situational. His sheer size coupled with solid athleticism gives him legitimate potential as a rim protector, and if he gets more comfortable shooting the three, Kessler could return good value within the 20s.

27. Heat: Jake LaRavia, F, Wake Forest

Height: 6′ 8″ | Weight: 235 | Age: 20 | Junior

Miami has done a terrific job finding talent on the fringes and may add a rookie on a cost-controlled deal here if it chooses. LaRavia endeared himself to groups over the course of the season together with his competitiveness, efficient scoring and regular defense, constructing an analytics-friendly profile and gathering some momentum as a possible first-rounder. LaRavia isn’t super explosive and isn’t going to create a ton of offense off the dribble, but he’s a sensible passer and ball-mover who can accentuate talent around him. His range appears to be somewhat wide, starting within the early 20s and running into the early 30s, but he does enough things well to think he’ll stick as a useful role player long-term.

28. Warriors: Wendell Moore, G/F, Duke

Height: 6′ 5″ | Weight: 215 | Age: 20 | Junior

The Warriors are likely to value their first-round selections as opportunities to cultivate talent, but they’ll presumably attempt to integrate James Wiseman, Jonathan Kuminga and Moses Moody into the rotation more next season, creating some hypothetical clutter depending on which veterans they convey back. Moore has an excellent complementary skill set, offering defensive versatility, playmaking skills and the flexibility to play with and without the ball. He doesn’t profile as a volume scorer, but his unselfish passing, transition play and improving jump shot point to a long-term future as a job player. Moore had a terrific junior yr, and his efforts often went underappreciated, but he’s a winning player with the kind of well-rounded game that may slot in anywhere without creating roster duplication.

Michigan State guard Max Christie makes a pass

29. Grizzlies: Max Christie, G/F, Michigan State

Height: 6′ 6″ | Weight: 190 | Age: 19 | Freshman

Despite an inconsistent freshman yr, Christie continues to attract his share of significant interest across the NBA and has a likelihood of sneaking into the primary round. If the Grizzlies opt to make use of each first-round selections, there’s room on the roster for a developmental pick who won’t have to play much instantly. Christie is a smooth mover with a frame that ought to fill out well, and projects as an excellent shooter in the long term. It’s not a complete surprise that he struggled a bit adjusting to the Big Ten, and wings together with his prototypical size and skillset are likely to get the advantage of the doubt from teams. He’d be a pleasant project for Memphis, which has done a superb job with drafting and developing players in recent times.

30. Thunder (from Suns): Dalen Terry, G/F, Arizona

Height: 6′ 7″ | Weight: 195 | Age: 19 | Sophomore

The Thunder have 4 picks within the Top 40 and sure won’t use all of them, so this pick could wind up going to a different team. Terry has played the predraft process well and has a reasonably good likelihood to come back off the board in the primary round. Teams had largely viewed him as a prospect for next yr’s draft, but built enough momentum to show pro and feel secure in his draft status. He’s a creative passer, good athlete and potentially an excellent defender who excels within the open floor, but has maturing left to do and likewise has to enhance quite a bit as a jump shooter. Terry’s size and potential to create a bit on the ball points to additional upside, but he’s going to require some patience, as well.


31. Pacers (from Rockets): Kendall Brown, F, Baylor | Fr.

32. Magic: Justin Lewis, F, Marquette | So.

33. Raptors (from Pistons): Andrew Nembhard, PG, Gonzaga | Senior

34. Thunder: Trevor Keels, G, Duke | Fr.

35. Magic (from Pacers): Peyton Watson, F, UCLA | Fr.

36. Trail Blazers: Bryce McGowens, SG, Nebraska | Fr.

37. Kings: Christian Koloko, C, Arizona | Jr.

38. Spurs (from Lakers): Caleb Houstan, F, Michigan | Fr.

39. Cavaliers (from Spurs): Kennedy Chandler, PG, Tennessee | Fr.

40. Timberwolves (from Wizards): Ismael Kamagate, C, Paris

41. Pelicans: David Roddy, F, Colorado State | Jr.

42. Knicks: Ryan Rollins, G, Toledo | So.

43. Clippers: Michael Foster, F, G League Ignite

44. Hawks: Christian Braun, F, Kansas | Jr.

45. Hornets: Tyrese Martin, G/F, UConn | Sr.

46. Pistons (from Nets): Jaylin Williams, C, Arkansas | So.

47. Grizzlies (from Cavs): Yannick Nzosa, C, Malaga

48. Timberwolves: Gabriele Procida, G/F, Fortitudo Bologna

49. Kings (from Bulls): Jabari Walker, F, Colorado | So.

50. Timberwolves (from Nuggets): Trevion Williams, C, Purdue | Sr.

51. Warriors (from Raptors): J.D. Davison, G, Alabama | Fr.

52. Pelicans (from Jazz): Josh Minott, F, Memphis | Fr.

53. Celtics: Moussa Diabate, F/C, Michigan | Fr.

54. Wizards (from Mavs): John Butler, F, Florida State | Fr.

55. Warriors: Julian Champagnie, F, St. John’s | Jr.

56. Cavaliers (from Heat): Keon Ellis, SG, Alabama | Sr.

57. Trail Blazers (from Grizzlies): Jean Montero, PG, Extra time Elite

58. Pacers (from Suns): Dominick Barlow, F, Extra time Elite

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