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2022 NBA Mock Draft: 6/17/22

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 6/17/22

With the 2022 NBA Draft less than a week away, our Senior NBA Draft Analyst Matt Babcock has updated his mock draft. Who is your favorite team projected to pick? Find out below:

1. Orlando Magic

Jabari Smith Jr.

6-10 | 220 | Auburn | Forward

At 6-foot-10, Jabari Smith has the size and shooting stroke to be an impactful stretch-four at the NBA level. Additional physical strength will propel his development, but his athleticism, shooting and defensive abilities make him a high-level prospect. In addition, considering the value of floor spacing in today's game, Smith has become perhaps the hottest commodity in the 2022 NBA Draft.

2. Oklahoma City Thunder

Chet Holmgren

7-0 | 195 | Gonzaga | Forward/Center

At 7-feet tall with a 7-foot-6 wingspan, Chet Holmgren is a playmaker on both ends of the floor. He is comfortable with the ball in his hands, and he is a reliable shooter who can score on all levels. On the defensive end, Holmgren greatly affects the game as a rim protector. He will need to add weight to maximize his potential as he is rail-thin, but he is one of the most unique prospects we've ever seen nonetheless.

3. Houston Rockets

Paolo Banchero

6-10 | 250 | Duke | Forward

At 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds, Paolo Banchero is incredibly versatile. He excels in the post, can create off the dribble, and continues to improve as a face-up shooter from deep. He lacks elite athleticism on the defensive end but has flashed a great feel and discipline to counter that. Players with his build and skill set don't come around very often.

4. Sacramento Kings

Jaden Ivey

6-4 | 195 | Purdue | Guard

Jaden Ivey shot career-highs across the board this season and propelled himself into being one of the most sought-after prospects in the entire draft. He is a phenomenal athlete, alpha dog and promising on-ball defender who has flashed elite potential in numerous facets of the game. In addition, his offense took a giant leap this past season, as he's shown the ability to create space for himself, score on multiple levels and attack the rim at an elite level. Ivey has a chance to become a star player.

5. Detroit Pistons

Keegan Murray

6-8 | 225 | Iowa | Forward

At 6-foot-8 with a 6-foot-11 wingspan, Keegan Murray has a high motor, does a lot of the "little things" that contribute to winning, and he's a terrific defender. Despite shooting an inefficient 29.6% from deep during his freshman season, he shot 39.8% this past season and scored an impressive 23.5 points per game. In addition, his ability to attack close-outs and score from multiple levels allowed him to carry a more significant offensive load. As a result, Murray was a candidate for National Player of the Year and has become one of the highest-rated prospects in the 2022 NBA Draft.

6. Indiana Pacers

Bennedict Mathurin

6-5 | 204 | Arizona | Guard/Forward

After a strong freshman campaign for the Arizona Wildcats, Bennedict Mathurin made a jump in his second year in Tucson. Mathurin's size, athleticism, defense and shot-making ability make him an intriguing NBA prospect. Standing at 6-foot-5 and 204 pounds, he is an explosive athlete and capable slasher and finisher. This past season, Mathurin solidified himself as one of the best wings in the 2022 NBA Draft.

7. Portland Trail Blazers

Dyson Daniels

6-7 | 195 | G League Ignite | Guard/Forward

After being at the NBA Global Academy in Canberra, Australia, Dyson Daniels had a terrific season for the G League Ignite. The 6-foot-7 positionless swiss army knife excels at getting downhill and attacking the basket, relying on his athleticism and body control for finishing while occasionally employing a floater. Daniels' outside shooting is still a work in progress, but he is a disruptive defender with quick feet and instincts. Daniel's progression as a playmaker was also notable during the G-League season. He seems to have a bright future ahead of him.

8. New Orleans Pelicans

Shaedon Sharpe

6-5 | 198 | Kentucky | Guard/Forward

Shaedon Sharpe is one of the most talented players in the class. He is a tremendous athlete with positional size and a skill set that should allow him to excel at the NBA level. In addition, Sharpe has NBA range and can create his shot on all levels. Although he did not play at Kentucky this past season, making the sample size to evaluate him limited, his talent and upside are undeniable.

9. San Antonio Spurs

Jeremy Sochan

6-9 | 230 | Baylor | Forward

Jeremy Sochan is an energetic, athletic forward with positional size, standing 6-foot-9. He has a tremendous motor and excels as a versatile defender and rebounder due to his footwork and length. Sochan has shown flashes of self-creation but primarily scored off of cuts at the rim and catch-and-shoot threes this past season. He will only be 19 years old on draft day, but he is already showing why he has big-time potential at the NBA level. Sochan's combination of size, athleticism, instincts and skill is unique.

10. Washington Wizards

Johnny Davis

6-5 | 196 | Wisconsin | Guard/Forward

At 6-foot-5, Johnny Davis has positional size and was one of the most reliable scorers in all of college basketball this past season. Davis can take his defender to the rim, is comfortable operating in the mid-range and has shown consistency from deep. He isn’t flashy but is incredibly effective and decisive, which resulted in a significant jump in his free throw rate. His combination of physicality and quick decision-making brings good versatility to his game.

11. New York Knicks

AJ Griffin

6-6 | 222 | Duke | Guard/Forward

AJ Griffin is 6-foot-6 and possesses a 7-foot wingspan. He is a powerful and versatile wing with a tremendous physical profile and a solid skill set. Griffin has also shown the ability to create for both himself and others. After missing some time early last season due to injury, Griffin solidified himself as one of the best shooters in the country at 44.7% from deep. It's also worth noting that Griffin is the son of former NBA player and current Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder

Mark Williams

7-2 | 242 | Duke | Center

Mark Williams is one of the best shot blockers and interior finishers in the 2022 NBA Draft. Utilizing his size, length and inside presence, Williams showed flashes of dominance on both ends this past season. He gradually moved up boards the entire season and has become one of the most sought-after big men in the draft.

13. Charlotte Hornets

Jalen Duren

6-11 | 250 | Memphis | Center

After reclassifying to the high school class of 2021, Jalen Duren is one of the youngest players in the 2022 NBA Draft at just 18 years old on draft day. Although young, Duren showed he could dominate the interior at a high level by utilizing his strength and physicality. Standing at 6-foot-11, weighing in at a chiseled 250 pounds, and possessing a 7-foot-5 wingspan, Duren impacts the game as both a play-finisher and rim protector.

14. Cleveland Cavaliers

Ousmane Dieng

6-9 | 185 | New Zealand Breakers | Guard/Forward

Ousmane Dieng has excellent positional size, length, and mobility. He is a versatile playmaker on the offensive end and a tremendous live-dribble passer who is also effective as a three-level scorer. Dieng’s shot-making from inside and out, excellent vision and impactful yet inconsistent defense, had him high on our draft board all year. He's perhaps a bit of a project; however, Dieng has a chance to become an outstanding NBA player.

15. Charlotte Hornets

Malaki Branham

6-5 | 194 | Ohio State | Guard/Forward

After a slow start to the season, Malaki Branham burst onto the scene in conference play this past season at Ohio State. At 6-foot-5, Branham plays with patience and is a smooth, three-level scorer. He is comfortable operating in the pick-and-roll and from mid-range, and has shown promise as a spot-up shooter. Branham is full of potential, as I don't think he's even hit full stride as a scoring threat yet. 

16. Atlanta Hawks

Ochai Agbaji

6-5 | 216 | Kansas | Guard/Forward

Ochai Agbaji is a versatile wing with promise as a defender, slasher and shooter. Early in his career at Kansas, Agbaji was known for his athleticism and defense. However, this season, he emerged as one of the best shooters in all of college basketball, shooting 40.7% from three-point range. He also made significant leaps as a scorer in both volume and efficiency. As a result, Agbaji solidified himself as a viable 3-and-D prospect at the NBA level and one of the best wings in the 2022 NBA Draft.

17. Houston Rockets

TyTy Washington

6-3 | 196 | Kentucky | Guard

Although he played primarily off the ball this past season at Kentucky, TyTy Washington still set the tone for his team and provided value as both a facilitator and scorer. Even when pushing the pace, Washington plays under control and seldom makes poor decisions leading to turnovers. He is only 6-foot-3 and lacks elite athleticism, but he routinely gets his shot off from deep with smooth mechanics and a quick release. Washington has the potential to become the best floor general to be selected in the 2022 NBA Draft.

18. Chicago Bulls

Tari Eason

6-8 | 217 | LSU | Forward

After transferring from Cincinnati, Tari Eason had a breakout season in Baton Rouge for LSU this past season. He has positional size and length and plays with a great motor on both ends of the floor. While Eason is improving as a shooter, he excels at putting the ball on the deck and attacking the rim. In addition, Eason is a switchable defender and an all-around playmaker.

19. Minnesota Timberwolves

EJ Liddell

6-7 | 243 | Ohio State | Forward

Although a bit undersized, the Ohio State Buckeyes often used EJ Liddell as a 4/5 in their lineups. Liddell provides physicality and versatility on both ends of the floor, scoring inside and out. He appears more comfortable in the mid-range and paint, which worked well for his college system but will likely force him to adjust his game slightly at the next level. Regardless, Liddell filled up the box score this past season and played with great effort and toughness. He is certainly capable of contributing to winning.

20. San Antonio Spurs

Nikola Jović

6-10 | 222 | Mega Basket | Forward

Nikola Jović just turned 19 years old, two weeks before the 2022 NBA Draft, so he is young but skilled and full of promise. At 6-foot-10, Jović excels as a playmaker and scorer. He is comfortable as a ball-handler and is a functional passer. Jović lacks elite explosiveness and can be a bit streaky as a shooter from deep; however, his confidence and skill set make him an intriguing long-term prospect.

21. Denver Nuggets

MarJon Beauchamp

6-6 | 196 | G League Ignite | Guard/Forward

After producing early for the G League Ignite this past season, it was evident that MarJon Beauchamp worked on his body and skill set. His physical frame and athleticism popped immediately on both ends of the floor when watching him. Beauchamp can provide a lot of versatility and has positional size. His ball-handling and three-point shooting will undoubtedly be his swing skills moving forward. However, he has intriguing tools and seems prepared to contribute right away. 

22. Memphis Grizzlies

Jalen Williams

6-5 | 209 | Santa Clara | Guard/Forward

After his third season with the Santa Clara Broncos, Jalen Williams solidified himself as a worthy draft prospect. He stands 6-foot-5 but possesses an incredibly long wingspan, measuring over 7-foot-2. Williams shot over 40% from deep on the season and was especially lethal off the catch. In addition, Williams possesses excellent vision and has shown the ability to facilitate as the lead ball-handler. Williams is a talented and intriguing prospect.

23. Philadelphia 76ers

Blake Wesley

6-4 |187 | Notre Dame | Guard

Blake Wesley came to Notre Dame out of high school as a relatively unknown prospect among NBA circles. However, he quickly cemented himself as one of the more productive freshmen in the country. Wesley has positional size and excellent length, with a knack for scoring at all three levels. He'll need to improve his overall efficiency before unlocking his full potential, but he has the tools and skill set to develop into an excellent NBA player. 

24. Milwaukee Bucks

Kennedy Chandler

6-0 | 172 | Tennessee | Guard

Although undersized, Kennedy Chandler has incredible speed and athleticism. He was arguably the fastest player in the country with the ball in his hands this past season. In addition, Chandler is an excellent game manager, a skilled passer and a developing outside shooter. He is one of the top point guards in the 2022 NBA Draft.

25. San Antonio Spurs

Jake LaRavia

6-8 | 227 | Wake Forest | Forward

After transferring from Indiana State, Jake LaRavia immediately impacted the Wake Forest team this past season, establishing himself as a worthy NBA prospect and one of the best shooters in the ACC Conference. At 6-foot-8, LaRavia is a versatile scorer and rebounder and has a tremendous feel for the game.

26. Houston Rockets

Dalen Terry

6-7 | 195 | Arizona | Guard/Forward

At 6-foot-7, Dalen Terry provides flexibility on both ends of the floor as he can play multiple positions, including point guard. If he can improve his outside shooting, Terry will have a chance to stay in the NBA for a long time.

27. Miami Heat

Jaden Hardy

6-4 | 198 | G League Ignite | Guard

Jaden Hardy is a pure-scoring prospect who has the potential to fill up the box score when locked in. At 6-foot-4, Hardy has good athleticism, shot creation, handles and crafty finishing abilities, in addition to a healthy amount of confidence. Hardy already possesses deep range as an outside shooter and can score the ball at a high rate. Unfortunately, he wasn't as productive this past season for the G League Ignite as one would hope. However, his raw talent and potential are significant.

28. Golden State Warriors

Kendall Brown

6-7 | 201 | Baylor | Forward

Kendall Brown has good size for a wing and is incredibly athletic while also possessing a high motor. He can finish with athleticism and finesse as a slasher. Brown is also a terrific defender, using his length and quickness to disrupt the opposition. Despite his strengths, the main knock on Brown is his limited ability to create his own shot. 

29. Memphis Grizzlies

Patrick Baldwin Jr.

6-10 | 230 | UW-Milwaukee | Forward

Standing at 6-foot-10, Patrick Baldwin Jr. possesses the tools to be an effective scorer, as he is a tremendous outside shooter who can also create his own shot. His overall athleticism and toughness are questionable areas of his game; however, considering his tools and skill set, Baldwin certainly possesses upside.

30. Denver Nuggets

David Roddy

6-5 | 260 | Colorado State | Forward

Despite not being heavily recruited out of high school, David Roddy far exceeded expectations while at Colorado State. Roddy possesses brute strength, a high basketball IQ and three-level scoring abilities. He also has tremendous vision, creativity and a terrific feel for the game.

SECOND ROUND

31. Indiana Pacers: Peyton Watson

32. Orlando Magic: Walker Kessler

33. Toronto Raptors: Bryce McGowens

34. Oklahoma City Thunder: Trevor Keels

35. Orlando Magic: Wendell Moore Jr.

36. Portland Trail Blazers: Christian Koloko

37. Sacramento Kings: Ismaël Kamagate

38. San Antonio Spurs: Jean Montero

39. Cleveland Cavaliers: Max Christie

40. Minnesota Timberwolves: Christian Braun

41. New Orleans Pelicans: Caleb Houston

42. New York Knicks: Andrew Nembhard

43. Los Angeles Clippers: Ryan Rollins

44. Atlanta Hawks: JD Davison

45. Charlotte Hornets: Hugo Besson

46. Detroit Pistons: Moussa Diabaté

47. Memphis Grizzlies: Josh Minott

48. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jaylin Williams

49. Sacramento Kings: Justin Lewis

50. Minnesota Timberwolves: Khalifa Diop

51. Golden State Warriors: Trevion Williams

52. New Orleans Pelicans: Jabari Walker

53. Boston Celtics: Michael Foster

54. Washington Wizards: Yannick Nzosa

55. Golden State Warriors: Gabriele Procida

56. Cleveland Cavaliers: Alondes Williams

57. Portland Trail Blazers: Ibou Dianko Badji

58. Indiana Pacers: Darius Days

For more of BasketballNews.com's 2022 NBA Draft coverage, check out our NBA Draft page.

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