2022 NBA draft pick-by-pick analysis

Dan Loumena, Los Angeles Times on

Published in Basketball

The NBA draft is underway, and the Orlando Magic have selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero with the first pick on Thursday night.

First round

1. Orlando: Paolo Banchero, F, 6-10, 19, Duke

A one-and-done star with athleticism and length that makes him a legitimate NBA wing. Might be most ready to contribute among top draft picks.

2. Oklahoma City: Chet Holmgren, F/C, 7-0, 20, Gonzaga

In one season with the Bulldogs this lanky big man was a two-way standout with scoring touch and shot-blocking ability. Needs to bulk up.


3. Houston: Jabari Smith Jr., F, 6-10, 19, Auburn

The one-and-done Tigers star is top scorer who has the all-around skills to become a two-way star with improved defense.

4. Sacramento: Keegan Murray, F, 6-8, 21, Iowa

A skilled forward with above average athleticism and basketball IQ. Another prototypical wing capable of guarding multiple positions.


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