2022 NBA Mock Draft Post Lottery Edition

As the four remaining NBA teams remain focused on achieving their championship goals, the rest of the league has begun planning for next year. There’s still a lot that can change ahead of draft as the teams will scour the trading market and meet with countless prospects to make the best choices. However, with the draft lottery wrapped up and the early order set up here, here’s a first look at our 2022 NBA Mock Draft Post Lottery Edition.

2022 NBA Mock Draft Post Lottery Edition

1) Orlando Magic: Jabari Smtih – PF Auburn

While Chet Holmgren has been the predicted top pick for a while, his unique physique puts too much of a risk. The Magic are known for obsessing over athleticism and size, and Jabari Smith fits that build. He has a full game with isolation and three tier scoring ability. Smith will be a great addition to the young Magic core.

2) Oklahoma City Thunder: Chet Holmgren – PF/C Gonzaga

The OKC Thunder are at a point where they can be much more patient with Holmgren’s development. The 7′ has to add a significant amount of weight to compete at the NBA level, but has all the tools to be effective. He’s a once-in-a-generation player, even with notable red flags. Expect the thunder to take it and be patient in your development approach.

3) Houston Rockets: Paolo Banchero – PF/C Duke

The addition of Paolo Banchero on the third pick is a great addition for the Rockets. He might not have the defensive vigor of the other two guys but there’s a real chance he’ll be the best player. Banchero is a skilled ball handler who can create his own shot and challenge his playmaking skills.

4) Sacramento Kings: Benedict Mathurin-G Arizona

Expect Bennedict Mathurin to raise the draft boards as the draft draws near. His three-level scoring ability and star mentality will thrive at the NBA level. Mathurin has made some big strides in his second season and will have a chance to establish himself as the face of kings if he fulfills his potential to the full.

5) Detroit Pistons: Jaden Ivey-G Purdue

Jaden Ivey, one of the most impressive athletes in the 2022 NBA draft, can hit a rebound and go coast to coast much like a young Russell Westbrook. The Purdue product took a huge leap in its three-point ability from its freshman through sophomore, improving from 25.8% to 35.8%. He’s best when he’s scoring basketball and will be a nice backcourt partner for Cade Cunningham.

6) Indiana Pacers: Keegan Murray – PF/SF Iowa

Keegan Murray is a versatile defender who can influence the game without the ball. He will prove to be an effective supplemental starter at the NBA level. The Iowa product had a massive scoring spike this season, which took its draft stocks with it. Expect him to model his game in a Mikael Bridges-type role.

7) Portland Trail Blazers: Shaedon Sharpe – SG Kentucky

Shaedon Sharpe is one of the true mysteries in the 2022 NBA Draft. The 6’6 guard has an ideal NBA frame and style, but hasn’t played a single college game following the midseason reclassification. He could have been considered for the top pick under other circumstances, and the Trail Blazers need a home run pick.

8) New Orleans Pelicans: Johnny Davis – SG Wisconsin

Davis will provide an effective scoring burst at the NBA level. Despite his 6’5 frame, he has excellent body control and makes contact effectively. He will likely take some time to develop but is an exciting long-term prospect.

9) San Antonio Spurs: AJ Griffin – SF Duke

AJ Griffin has been criticized for his lack of assertiveness but plays a successful basketball. There seems to be more in the tank and it suits Spurs’ playstyle.

10) Washington Wizards: Ochai Agbaji – SG Kansas

As Bradley Beal rumors continue to circulate, the Wizards may add another elite scorer to their roster. Agbaji has an impressive college resume and will be a next-level microwave scorer.

11) New York Knicks: TyTy Washington-G Kentucky

TyTy Washington would be an ideal supplemental backcourt partner for Immanuel Quickley. The two guards from Kentucky can play both on and off the ball and bring a successful basketball with them.

12) Oklahoma City Thunder: Tari Eason – SF/PF LSU

Loaded with potential and near-ideal physical attributes, Tari Eason climbs train boards. The Thunder are a prime candidate to fall in love with its long-term potential. Eason is great at switching, a solid passer and able to defend any position on the pitch.

13) Charlotte Hornets: Jeremy Sochan – PF Baylor

An all-around striker with modern skills. Jeremy Sochan is a formidable defender who can impress both at the post and on the touchline. He has no big offensive holes and an intriguing three-point shot.

14) Cleveland Cavaliers: Malaki Branham – SG/SF Ohio State

A mature feel for an 18 year old. Serves as a versatile wing-back who gets into his spots offensively. NBA frame with good shot feel from all areas of the court.

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2022 NBA Mock Draft Post Lottery Edition

15) Charlotte Hornets: Blake Wesley-G Notre Dame

An impressive athlete with remarkable goal-scoring ability and energy. Can play wild at times and is still raw but has all the tools to contribute at an NBA level. Wesley has the potential to steal the draft and is sure to have exciting highlights on the pitch right away.

16) Atlanta Hawks: Jalen Duren-PF/C Memphis

A physically large man who is one of the youngest players in the 2022 NBA draft. He’s terrific in rim protection and as a rebounder in his old-school style of play. Duren is showing signs of jumping shot development and still has plenty of room to grow.

17) Houston Rockets: Dyson Daniels – G G-League Ignite

Dyson Daniels has a natural feel and impressive instinct on both sides of the ball. Plays too passively at times but is mature beyond his age. A Lonzo Ball-like playstyle that has more potential as a shooter.

18) Chicago Bulls: Mark Williams – C. Duke

A true 7-footer who knows what his NBA role will be. Williams shines on the boards and protects the rim. Little more about his game at this point, but there is hope for development.

19) Minnesota Timberwolves-Jaden Hardey-SG G-League Ignite

Impressive size and scoring ability. With his three-tier rating, he’s capable of serving as a team’s top scorer at times. Hardey needs to make some adjustments to his shot selection and get a feel for the game.

20) San Antonio Spurs Nikola Jovic – SF/PF Serbia

Nikola Jovic, not to be confused with the runner-up MVP, plays a unique brand of basketball. The 6’10 forward is capable of handling the ball and starting the offense. He can also hold his own well when defending on the edge.

21) Denver Nuggets-Kendall Brown-SF/PF Baylor

Kendall Brown is a fast-twitch athlete who sticks over the edge. A capable defender who has nice ball movement ready, which is important in the Nuggets system.

22) Memphis Grizzlies – Max Christie – SG Michigan State

A lanky guardian with impressive leanness and overall rating ability. Effective at creating his own shot and a guy who wants to score the basketball. Needs to add weight to his frame.

23) Philadelphia 76ers (or Nets) – MarJon Beauchamp – SG/SF G-League Ignite

The Nets have the option of making that choice or waiting for the 76ers’ first-rounder next year. MarJon Beauchamp is a versatile defender who has a lot going on offensively. His defensive instincts and long frame are his NBA ticket right now.

24) Milwaukee Bucks – Jalen Williams – SG/SF Santa Clara

Williams has great feel and a wingspan of over 7 feet. Plays within his role and is able to get an isolation bucket if the team needs it. Plays a successful brand of basketball and could be a draft riser.

25) San Antonio Spurs-Kennedy Chandler-PG Tennessee

Lacking in size, he has impressive pace and good instincts. He improved a lot during his first season and still has room for improvement. His athleticism and potential will give him a chance.

26) Dallas Mavericks-Walker Kessler-C Auburn

Impressive rim protection with offensive leave something to be desired. True 7-footer with a physical playstyle.

27) Miami Heat – Jaylin Williams – PF/C Arkansas

A high IQ basketball player who can influence the game without having the ball. Particularly impressive on defense and can also clear the ground. Effective adhesive type that does the little things.

28) Golden State Warriors – EJ Liddell – PF/SF Ohio State

EJ Lidell needs to focus more on scope at the next level but plays with a winning mentality. Has improved in all three seasons at Ohio State and suits a modern power forward.

29) Memphis Grizzlies – Wendell Moore – SG/SF Duke

Increased his three-point percentage by about 10% in all three seasons at Duke. Moore is a skilled ball handler who can play wing or guard. Still young for his class, but lacking consistency.

30) Oklahoma City Thunder-Caleb Houston-SF Michigan

Great size, frame and instincts for a winger. Adept passer and can open the offensive with a solid three-point shot. Projects as a fixed rotation piece.

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