NEW YORK — Paolo Banchero, Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith have been the massive winners Thursday evening, going Nos. 1-3 within the 2022 NBA draft. The Orlando Magic had the No. 1 decide for the primary time since 2004 and chosen Duke’s Banchero, making him the second No. 1 decide from Duke within the final 4 years (Zion Williamson went No. 1 in 2019). Oklahoma Metropolis stays affected person with their rebuild, including probably the most polarizing participant within the draft, 7-foot-1 195-pound middle, Chet Holmgren.
There have been a pair shock picks with Patrick Baldwin Jr. going twenty eighth to Warriors, and Jaden Ivey acquired his want from him and averted the Sacramento Kings. Under are the winners and losers of the NBA draft.
NBA draft winners
The Magic had the No. 1 decide within the draft for the primary workforce since 2004 once they drafted Dwight Howard. It labored out fairly nicely for the franchise again then as Howard led them to the NBA Finals. Previous to that they chose Shaquille O’Neal in 1992, and it is clear the Magic have had success drafting energy forwards and facilities with the highest decide up to now.
Banchero entered the draft because the most-ready massive within the draft together with his 6-foot-10, 250-pound body. The Las Vegas odds took an enormous swing earlier this week as hypothesis grew Banchero might go No. 1 over the closely favored Smith.
The Magic have been one of many worst 3-point capturing groups final season, connecting on simply 33% of makes an attempt from deep as a workforce. Though Banchero did not join on as many 3-pointers as Smith final season, he is greater than snug moving into threes in transition and off the pick-and-roll choice.
Jaden Ivey acquired his want and did not get drafted by the Sacramento Kings, sitting because the fourth-best prospect on the board. The Kings went with a workforce want as an alternative of the very best participant out there and chosen Iowa ahead Keegan Murray. That gave the Pistons the inexperienced gentle to take Ivey and add him within the backcourt alongside Cade Cunningham, creating one of the vital athletic younger backcourts within the league. Cunningham is a good facilitator and attracts the protection with the best way he reads gamers off the pick-and-roll. That can open up the spacing for Ivey to swing down off the wing and assault the baseline.
The Pistons additionally struck gold in a 6-foot-11 middle Jalen Duren in a three-way commerce with the thirteenth decide. Duren was the No. 1 participant popping out of highschool earlier than reclassifying and committing a yr early to play for Penny Hardaway. Duren has an NBA-ready physique and is a implausible passer, particularly when the protection crashes. Duren and Ivey will be a part of an already elite younger roster of Cunningham, Saddiq Bey and Killian Hayes.
NBA draft losers
The Kings have had a lottery decide yearly since 2007, apart from one, and are nonetheless making an attempt to construct a playoff-caliber workforce. Ivey was clearly the very best prospect out there at No. 4, with slight comparisons to Ja Morant, however with a full backcourt and Ivey voicing very publicly he did not need to go there, the Kings drafted Murray, the 6-foot-8 ahead out of Iowa.
The Grizzlies have already got a longtime, playoff-caliber workforce led by Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bane. On Thursday, they drafted Wake Forest wing Jake LaRavia with the No. 19 decide and Colorado State ahead David Roddy with the No. 23 decide. Roddy struggled at instances throughout 5-on-5 play on the NBA draft mix and LaRavia is a stable position participant. The Grizzlies handed on potential younger gamers like TyTy Washington and Blake Wesley. LaRavia and Roddy venture to be OK secondary position gamers however they’re very uninspiring picks.