With the 2022 NBA Draft less than a week away, here is our Charlotte Hornets 2022 NBA Lottery Mock Draft 2.0. The Hornets, who have a pair of picks at 13 and 15, probably won’t keep both picks this year. While it’s fun to speculate on a possible trade in the mix, this mock draft will be assuming Charlotte chooses between 13 and 15.
*Important NOTE* While this is a mock draft, it will not reflect what I believe will actually happen. Instead, this is how I would approach this design. I’ll also just list a sentence or two as to why I believe every team will make their picks (except the Hornets).
#1 Chet Holmgren, F/C, Gonzaga – Orlando Magic
Holmgren is by far the best player in the class. It might look like Orlando will take Jabari Smith from Auburn, but that would be quite a mistake in my eyes.
#2 Jabari Smith, F, Auburn – Oklahoma City Thunder
That aside, Smith is still an incredible prospect. With his size, shooting ability and defense, he could take OKC to the next level of competition.
#3 Paolo Banchero, F, Duke—Houston Rockets
Houston has its guard of the future in Jalen Green. Here they get their great future in Banchero.
#4 Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue-Sacramento Kings
Sacramento does. They collect guards. They have guards. It doesn’t make sense until you remember it’s Sacramento.
#5 Keegan Murray, F, Iowa – Detroit Pistons
Murray is a surefire ‘get what you see’ type player. He’s older than some of those guys at the head of the draft, but he’s a proven talent.