2022 NBA Draft results, takeaways: Expert magic tricks in taking Paolo Banchero to No. 1, sparking chaos

Usually there aren’t too many surprises in the NBA Draft this time around, but Thursday night started with a big one when the Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero with the first overall pick. For weeks, the expectation had been that they would get Jabari Smith out of Auburn, and it’s still unclear if that was all an elaborate smokescreen or if they changed their minds at the last minute.

The Magic reportedly never received Banchero for a formal workout or interview in Orlando, suggesting it could be the latter.

Regardless, the Oklahoma City Thunder then took out big man Chet Holmgren from Gonzaga as expected, while the Houston Rockets walked away with Smith to round out the top three. The Rockets had probably been planning on Banchero, but Smith should still be a great fit as a sharp-shooting forward to pair with Jalen Green.

Of course, no draft could be complete without the Sacramento Kings doing something out of the ordinary, and they took Keegan Murray with the fourth overall pick despite nearly all forecasts suggesting Purdue’s Jaden Ivey was clearly the fourth-best player. . Maybe they really believe in Murray, or maybe they were wary of taking a guard with his No. 1 pick for the third straight year.

Either way, it worked out for the Detroit Pistons, who were happy to take Ivey at No. 5. After getting Cade Cunningham with the first pick last year, they now have the makings of a great young backcourt.

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2022 NBA Draft Order

round 1 Selection round 2 Selection
1. Magic

paolo banchero
VET | Duke

31. Pacers Andrew Nembhard
PG | Gonzaga
2. Thunder

Chet Holmgren
C | Gonzaga

32. Magic caleb houston
SF | Michigan
3. Rockets

Jabari Smith
VET | Chestnut

33. raptors Christian Kolok
C | Arizona
4. Kings

Keegan Murray
VET | Iowa

34. Thunder Jaylin Williams
VET | Arkansas
5. Pistons

Jaden Ivey
SG | Purdue

35.Lakers* christiemax
SG | michigan street
6. Pacemaker

Benedict Mathurin
SG | Arizona

36. Trail Blazers gabriele procida
SF | Italy
7. Trail Blazers

Shaedon Sharpe
SG | Kentucky

37. Kings* resistant jaden
SG | G League turn on
8. pelicans

Dyson Daniels
SG | G League turn on

38. Spurs* Kennedy Chandler
PG | Tennessee
9. Spurs

jeremy sohan
VET | Baylor

39. Knights Khalifa Diop
C | Senegal
10. Wizards

johnny davis
SF | Wisconsin

40. Timber Wolves* bryce mcgowens
SF | Nebraska
11. Knicks* Ousmane Dieng
SF | France
41. Pelicans EJ Liddell
VET | ohio street
12. Thunder jalen williams
SG | Saint Clare
42. Knicks trevor keels
SG | Duke
13. Hornets* Jalen Duren
C | memphis
43. Nail clippers Moussa Diabate
FAQ | Michigan
14. Knights ochai agbaji
SG | Kansas
44. Hawks* ryan rollins
SG | Toledo
15. Hornets brand williams
C | Duke
45. Hornets Josh Minott
VET | memphis
16. Hawks aj faucet
SF | Duke
46. ​​Pistons* Ismael Camagate
C | France
17. Rockets season rates
47. Grizzlies Vince Williams Jr.
18. bulls Daniel Terry
SF | Arizona
48. Timber Wolves* kendall brown
SF | Baylor
19. Timber Wolves* jake laravia
VET | forest stele
49. Knights* Isaiah Mobley
20. Spurs great branham
SF | ohio street
50. Timber Wolves spanish matthew
PG | Italy
21.Nuggets Christian Braun
SG | Kansas
51. Warriors* Tyrese Martin
SG | University of Connecticut
22. Grizzlies* Walker Kessler
C | Chestnut
52. Pelicans Karl Matkovic
C | Serbian
23. 76ers* david roddy
SG | Colo St.
53. Celts J. D. Davison
PG | Alabama
24. Dollars Mar Jon Beauchamp
SF | G League turn on
54. Wizards Yannick Nzosa
C | congo
25. Spurs blake-wesley
SG | our lady
55. Warriors gui saints
SF | Brazil
26. Rockets* Wendell Moore Jr.
SF | Duke
56. Knights lucas travers
SF | Australia
27. heat Nicholas Jović
SF | Serbian
57. Trail Blazers Jabari Walker
SF | Colorado
28. warriors Patrick Baldwin Jr.
VET | milwaukee
58. Pacers Hugo Bessson
PG | France
29. Grizzlies* Ty Ty Washington Jr.
PG | Kentucky
30.Nuggets* Peyton Watson
SF | University of California at Los Angeles

* – choose part of informed trading

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