The Celtics are not expected to have a busy draft night. They traded their first-round pick, which turned out to be No. 25, for the second straight year and sent it to Spurs as part of the deal to get guard Derrick White. Last year they traded their first-round pick (No. 16 overall) along with Kemba Walker to the Thunder for Al Horford.
Boston has its pick for the second round. It also has control of its first-round pick in each of the next five drafts and three former first-round picks still on rookie contracts (Grant Williams, Aaron Nesmith and Payton Pritchard), among others, if it wants to get back in the to trade the first round.
In each of the last two drafts, the Celtics have picked a foreign player with their second-round picks (Yam Madar and Juhann Begarin) to tuck them in until they think they’re ready for the NBA. Boston could do the same this season as it currently has 12 players under contract for next season.
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 NBA draft.
2022 NBA Draft: The Basics
When: Thursday, 23.6
Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn
Time: 8 p.m
TV: ESPN, ABC (first round only)
Format: There are two rounds with 30 picks in the first round. Unlike most years, there will only be 28 picks in the second round as the Bucks and Heat both lost their second-round picks to manipulation violations. There are five minutes between picks in the first round and two minutes between picks in the second round.
If the Celtics choose: The Celtics have only one pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the 53rd, which is the sixth-last pick in Thursday’s draft.
Complete order draft
2. Oklahoma City
8. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
9. Saint Anthony
11. New York
12. Oklahoma City (by LA Clippers)
15. Charlotte (from New Orleans)
17. Houston (from Brooklyn)
20. San Antonio (from Toronto)
22. Memphis (from Utah)
25. San Antonio (from Boston)
28. Golden State
30. Oklahoma City (from Phoenix)
31. Indiana (from Houston via Cleveland)
33. Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago)
34. Oklahoma City
35. Orlando (from Indiana via Milwaukee)
38. San Antonio (from the Los Angeles Lakers via Chicago and Washington)
39. Cleveland (from San Antonio via Utah)
40. Minnesota (from Washington via Cleveland)
41. New Orleans
46. Detroit (from Brooklyn)
47. Memphis (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta)
49. Sacramento (from Chicago via Memphis and Detroit)
50. Minnesota (from Denver via Philadelphia)
51. Golden State (Toronto via Philadelphia)
52. New Orleans (from Utah)
— Milwaukee (derelict)
— Miami (from Philadelphia via Denver; forfeited by Miami)
54. Washington (from Dallas)
55. Golden State
56. Cleveland (from Miami via Indiana)
57. Portland (from Memphis via Utah)
58. Indiana (from Phoenix)
NBA Draft 2022: Best Prospects
Jabari Smith Jr., F
Age: 19 Height: 6-10 Weight: 220 pounds
The Auburn product is considered one of the top three prospects for its combination of size and shot-making. As a freshman, Smith was averaging 16.9 points per game and making 42 percent of his 3-pointers on 5.5 attempts per game. He added 7.4 rebounds per game and earned him second-team All-American honors.
Chet Holmgren, C
Age: 20 Height: 7-0 Weight: 195 pounds
Holmgren is also a contender for being the first draft choice. In his only season with Gonzaga, he averaged 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds per game. There have been questions as to whether Holmgren’s thin frame means he can match the NBA’s big men, but he’s won his conference’s Defender of the Year award and displayed his ability to shoot from the outside, making him an enticing prospect.
Paolo Banchero, F
Age: 19 Height: 6-6 Weight: 250 pounds
Banchero is considered one of the top three picks in the draft by most scouts. As a freshman, he helped Duke reach the Final Four and posted a team-high 17.2 points per game. Banchero has explained that he modeled his game after Celtics star Jayson Tatum, another Duke product.
Jaden Ivey, G
Age: 20 Height: 6-4 Weight: 195 pounds
The Purdue watch is arguably the most electrifying prospect in the draft. Ivey threw down several exciting dunks last season, helping him averaging 17.3 points per game. He’s also displayed perimeter shooting skills, handing out 3.1 assists per game last season.
Keegan Murray, F
Age: 21 Height: 6-8 Weight: 225 pounds
Murray was one of the nation’s top scorers in Iowa last year, averaging 23.5 points per game. He had a tremendous rise as a prospect after failing to be classified as a post-high school recruit. Murray turns 22 in August, making him a relatively older prospect.
Bennedict Mathurin, G/F
Age: 20 Height: 6-6 Weight: 210 pounds
Mathurin was a key reason behind Arizona’s 2021-22 comeback year. He scored 17.3 points per game on 45 percent shots from the field and 36.9 percent from 3-point range, which earned him PAC-12 Player of the Year honors.
Shaedon Sharpe, G
Age: 19 Height: 6-5 Weight: 198 pounds
Sharpe is arguably the most intriguing prospect in the draft, if only because he didn’t play last season. Sharpe committed and signed to play for Kentucky, but both sides agreed not to let him play last season. Sharpe eventually declared for the draft, despite not playing a minute with the Wildcats.
Dyson Daniels, G/F
Age: 19 Height: 6-9 Weight: 200 pounds
Daniels is the top non-NCAA prospect in this year’s draft. Daniels played with the NBA’s G League development team, Ignite, and averaged 11.3 points, 6.2 rebounds and 4.4 assists per game.
AJ Griffin, F
Age: 18 Height: 6-6 Weight: 222 pounds
Griffin, who played alongside Banchero at Duke, is one of the top three-pointers in this year’s draft. Last season, he made 44.7 percent of his 3-pointers, which helped him score 10.4 points per game as a freshman.
Johnny Davis, G
Age: 20 Height: 6-5 Weight: 194 pounds
Davis had a strong all-around season in Wisconsin in 2021-22. He scored 19.7 points and 8.2 rebounds per game, which earned him Big 10 Player of the Year honors and a first-team All-American spot.