3 things to look for on 2022 NBA Draft night

Purdue Boilermakers guard Jaden Ivey (23) Credit: Mitchell Leff-USA TODAY Sports

The NBA Draft is just two days away and there’s a lot to see. Here are three things to watch out for that could impact the 2022 NBA draft and the Detroit Pistons, who will hold the fifth overall pick.

Detroit Pistons: 3 things to watch out for on NBA Draft Night 2022

#1: A trade to rearrange the lottery order

Rumors have continued to fly near the top half of the lottery, particularly after the third overall pick. The Pistons are one of the teams thought to be the most likely to make a draft day trade, but even if they don’t, there’s a chance another will happen.

With an array of prospects coupled with a variety of opinions, draft boards in the league certainly vary by franchise, and not just because of the standard factors like positional needs and suitability that typically dictate a board.

As of now, Jaden Ivey appears to be a prospect that multiple teams are keen to trade for.

The 6ft 4 guard has continued to make waves in league circles and with the Kings appearing steadfast in their pick, the price of trading rights to the fourth pick could be steep.

Outside of Ivey, several prospects like Bennedict Mathurin, Keegan Murray and Shaedon Sharpe could entice teams to step up. Mathurin and Murray are both prospects with NBA-worthy skills coupled with intriguing benefits.

Sharpe is this year’s wild card, and his advantage is likely to land him in the lottery somewhere.

Outside of the top three, the lottery’s deciding order is a mystery. A wide range of perspectives, skills, and projected player caps could result in a trade in the early stages of the draft, from a team looking to level up, speed up a rebuild, or fill an immediate roster need.

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