Pelicans draft picks 2022: When does New Orleans pick? Full list of NBA Draft selections

The New Orleans Pelicans shocked many with their smashing finish to the 2021-22 season, advancing to the NBA playoffs via the play-in tournament before beating the No. 1-seeded Phoenix Suns in the first round to a rocky six-game -Fight delivered postseason.

Led by CJ McCollum, Brandon Ingram and Jonas Valančiūnas, the Pelicans made a big step forward despite going the entire season without Zion Williamson, giving fans hope their evolution into a legitimate playoff contender isn’t too far off.

The Pelicans aren’t short of young talent either, with Jose Alvarado, Herb Jones and Jaxson Hayes all contributing in different spots, raising the question of whether the Pelicans are trading the No. 8 for an established player who can help right away, or add another young talent to their ranks.

The Pelicans can thank the Los Angeles Lakers for their fortunes and keep the lottery pick as it finishes in the top 10 and bears even more fruit from the Anthony Davis trade.

So where do the pelicans end up in the draft order? Here’s everything you need to know ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft.

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Pelicans Draft Picks 2022: When Will New Orleans Vote?

The Pelicans have the number 8 in the first round and two selections in the second round.

  • Round 1, #8
  • Round 2, #41
  • Round 2, #52

Pelicans 2022 NBA draft order

Pelicans need drafts

With Zion Williamson set to return to the floor for the 2022-23 season, the Pelicans will take on a very different look. After scaring the Suns in the first round, the Pelicans will certainly be looking to build from a solid foundation.

  • Circumference Stopper: Herb Jones’ 2021 draft was off to a strong start. And yet, after finishing 18th in defensive efficiency last season, the Pelicans still lack versatile defenders. Neither Williamson, Ingram, McCollum nor Valaciunas are making an all-defensive team anytime soon, meaning New Orleans needs more players like Jones to make up for defensive deficiencies.
  • Rim protection: New Orleans ranked 26th in blocks and 28th in percentage of field goals allowed on shots within six yards. While the point of attack must be addressed, the Pelicans must find a source of consistent rim protection.
  • Secondary Ball Handler: Trading Lonzo Ball to the Bulls left a playmaker hole in the backcourt. While McCollum and Ingram are top notch bucket getters, neither feels comfortable as the primary moderator to consistently involve others.

Pelicans mock draft 2022

Here are the latest projections for the Pelicans, according to TSN draft guru Kyle Irving:

Round 1, No. 8: Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

The Pelicans proved they’re one of the best young cores in the league with their run into the 2022 NBA playoffs — and that’s without Zion Williamson on the floor.

Add Mathurin and New Orleans will meet its need for more perimeter shooting while also gaining a secondary ball handler and shot creator alongside CJ McCollum and Brandon Ingram.

Mathurin would help clear the stage for Williamson, McCollum, Ingram and Jonas Valanciunas, complementing her youthful group of defenders including Herb Jones, Trey Murphy III and Jose Alvarado.

Round 2, No. 41. Justin Lewis, F, Marquette

Round 2, No. 52. (via UTA): Dominic Barlow, F, Overtime Elite


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