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After months of hypothesis, Duke’s Paolo Banchero was a shock choice by the Orlando Magic...

After months of hypothesis, Duke’s Paolo Banchero was a shock choice by the Orlando Magic with the highest total choose within the 2022 NBA draft on Thursday evening at Barclays Middle.

The Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder started a busy first spherical by taking Gonzaga heart Chet Holmgren with the second choose, then acquired eleventh choose Ousmane Dieng of France in a commerce with the New York Knicks and took Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams at No. 12.

Auburn ahead Jabari Smith Jr. went No. 3 total to the Houston Rockets.

Within the weeks main as much as the draft, Smith had been extensively anticipated to be the highest choice. However the Magic turned issues the other way up by taking Banchero, who sported a brilliant purple swimsuit with sequins, together with even brighter footwear, as he took to the stage and shook fingers with NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

2022 NBA draft lottery picks
1. Orlando: F Paolo Banchero, Duke
2. Oklahoma Metropolis: F Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga
3. Houston: F Jabari Smith Jr., Auburn
4. Sacramento: F Keegan Murray, Iowa
5. Detroit: G Jaden Ivey, Purdue
6. Indiana: G/F Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona
7. Portland: G Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky
8. New Orleans (from LAL): G Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite
9. San Antonio: F Jeremy Sochan, Baylor
10. Washington: G Johnny Davis, Wisconsin
11. New York: F Ousmane Dieng, NZ Breakers*
12. Oklahoma Metropolis (from LAC): F Jalen Williams, Santa Clara
13. Charlotte: C Jalen Duren, Memphis**
14. Cleveland: F Ochai Agbaji, Kansas
*Traded to OKC
**Traded to DET

“I had a sense, from the knowledge I used to be being advised, that it was simply type of up within the air,” Banchero advised ESPN of going first. “Orlando wasn’t actually positive but, and simply to be prepared for no matter.

“I didn’t discover out, although, that I used to be really getting picked till about 20 seconds earlier than the commissioner received on the stage. I didn’t even have time to actually give it some thought or something. It simply type of occurred. I can’t consider it, however I’m prepared. I’m prepared.”

Banchero, a 6-foot-10 ahead from Duke, averaged 17.2 factors, 7.8 rebounds and three.2 assists throughout 39 video games for the Blue Devils, who reached the Ultimate 4 earlier than dropping to their perpetually rival in North Carolina. Banchero, who is likely to be essentially the most NBA-ready prospect on this draft, will now be seemed to because the anchor of Orlando’s nascent rebuild, which incorporates guards Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony, forwards Franz Wagner and Jonathan Isaac and heart Wendell Carter Jr.

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Whereas Banchero was a shock at No. 1, Holmgren was all the time anticipated to go to Oklahoma Metropolis with the second choose. A 7-footer from Gonzaga, Holmgren flashed a wide selection of abilities in his lone season in faculty, averaging 14.1 factors on 60% capturing total and 39% from 3-point vary whereas grabbing 9.9 rebounds and blocking 3.7 pictures in 26.9 minutes throughout 32 video games.

Oklahoma Metropolis now has an inside anchor to go together with its promising younger backcourt of rising star Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Australian Josh Giddey, the sixth total choose in final yr’s draft and a first-team All-Rookie choice.

The Thunder additionally acquired Dieng, the eleventh choose, by sending three conditional 2023 first-round picks to the Knicks. Dieng, who turned 19 final month, averaged 8.8 factors for the New Zealand Breakers in Australia’s Nationwide Basketball League this previous season. Oklahoma Metropolis then took Williams with the twelfth choose, making him the primary participant drafted from Santa Clara since Corridor of Famer Steve Nash in 1996. And the Thunder rounded out their first-round choices by taking UCLA’s Peyton Watson with choose No. 30.

Holmgren mentioned he was happy to land with the Thunder.

“I feel it’s an important scenario, nice dynamic, taking part in with guys like Josh and Shai, in addition to all people down the roster,” Holmgren mentioned. “It’s numerous nice gamers there with distinctive ability units. I really feel like I can type of pair up with them and assist improve theirs in addition to have their ability units improve mine.”


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Smith, a sweet-shooting 6-foot-10 ahead from Auburn, averaged 16.9 factors and seven.4 rebounds whereas capturing 42% from behind the 3-point arc.

After drafting Jalen Inexperienced, Alperen Sengun, Josh Christopher and Usman Garuba within the first spherical of final yr’s draft, the Rockets continued their rebuild within the wake of shifting on from franchise icon James Harden in the beginning of the 2021-22 season by choosing Smith. Houston additionally took LSU ahead Tari Eason with the seventeenth choose.

Requested if he has any added motivation after being handed over for the highest choose, Smith mentioned, “Positively added a chip, however God makes no errors, so I’m comfortable to be right here. I’m comfortable to be the place I’m needed. I’m comfortable to get to Houston and simply present them, give them what they picked. Simply comfortable to be right here.”

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Rounding out the draft’s prime 5 have been Iowa ahead Keegan Murray, who went to the Sacramento Kings with the fourth choose, and Purdue guard Jaden Ivey, whom the Detroit Pistons drafted fifth total.

Murray had a breakout sophomore season at Iowa, averaging 23.5 factors and eight.7 rebounds whereas capturing 55.4% from the sector and 39.8% from 3-point vary. He’ll now be a part of a Kings staff that’s making an attempt to finish a 16-year playoff drought and retool itself round guard De’Aaron Fox and massive man Domantas Sabonis beneath new coach Mike Brown.

Ivey, who had publicly mentioned going to Sacramento wouldn’t be the “worst” factor to occur to him, will staff with final yr’s prime total choose, Cade Cunningham, within the Pistons’ backcourt. Like Murray, Ivey had a breakout sophomore season, averaging 17.3 factors, 4.9 rebounds and three.1 assists at Purdue.

The remainder of the highest 10 featured Arizona guard Bennedict Mathurin, who went sixth to the Indiana Pacers; Kentucky guard Shaedon Sharpe, who was drafted seventh by the Portland Path Blazers; Australian guard Dyson Daniels, who went to the New Orleans Pelicans with the eighth choice; Baylor ahead Jeremy Sochan, who went to the San Antonio Spurs on the ninth spot; and Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis, who was chosen tenth by the Washington Wizards.

Mathurin averaged 17.7 factors and 5.6 rebounds at Arizona and will slot in subsequent to level guard Tyrese Haliburton in Indiana’s backcourt, because the Pacers seem set to enter a full rebuild for the primary time in a technology.

Sharpe, in the meantime, was the previous prime total recruit popping out of highschool who enrolled early at Kentucky after which didn’t play for the Wildcats this spring forward of getting into the draft.

Daniels is the most recent participant to land within the NBA by way of the G League Ignite, the place he averaged 11.9 factors, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists in 32 minutes per recreation this previous season.

Sochan averaged 9.2 factors, 6.4 rebounds, 1.8 assists and 1.3 steals for Baylor as a freshman, and can convey a flexible two-way recreation to San Antonio. Davis, in a theme on the prime of this draft amongst Massive Ten sophomores, broke out in his second season in Madison, averaging 19.7 factors and eight.2 rebounds in 34.2 minutes per recreation.

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The eleventh choose was the primary commerce of the evening when the New York Knicks obtained three future first-round picks — conditional choices from the Denver Nuggets, Wizards and Detroit Pistons — with the intention to ship the draft rights to Dieng to the Thunder.

At that time, the Knicks then traded the Denver 2023 conditional first-round choose they obtained from Oklahoma Metropolis, plus 4 second-round picks, to the Charlotte Hornets for the rights to Memphis heart Jalen Duren — solely to then ship him, together with guard Kemba Walker, to the Pistons in trade for a 2025 conditional Milwaukee Bucks first-round choose.

The Cleveland Cavaliers adopted that up by taking Kansas ahead Ochai Agbaji with the 14th choose, after which Charlotte used its second first-round choose to take Duke heart Mark Williams.

As the primary spherical continued to play out, there have been extra trades that shook up the board.

The Memphis Grizzlies, who entered the evening with the twenty second and twenty ninth picks, despatched them each to the Minnesota Timberwolves for the nineteenth choice — and used it to take Wake Forest ahead Jake LaRavia, sources advised ESPN’s Wojnarowski.

Memphis then moved again into the primary spherical by sending athletic guard De’Anthony Melton to the Philadelphia 76ers for the No. 23 choose and veteran Danny Inexperienced, who sustained a severe damage in Philadelphia’s season-ending loss in Sport 6 of the Japanese Convention semifinals.

Minnesota took Auburn heart Walker Kessler with the twenty second choose, after which traded the twenty ninth choose and two second-round picks to maneuver as much as the No. 26 choice, the place the Timberwolves took Duke ahead Wendell Moore.

With the twenty ninth choice, Houston — which initially received the twenty sixth choose from Dallas earlier this month in a deal that despatched massive man Christian Wooden to the Mavericks — chosen Kentucky guard TyTy Washington.

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