When the Celtics pick, top prospects, and more


Boston has only one choice in this year’s draft.

NBA Commissioner Adam Silver will announce first-round picks in the draft. AP Photo/Corey Sipkin

When one season ends, a new one begins.

One week after the end of the 2022 NBA Finals, the 2022 NBA Draft will take place on Thursday evening. The Orlando Magic won the draft lottery in May and will hold the top pick in Thursday’s draft, while the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets have the no. Hold 2 or 3 picks. The Sacramento Kings (No. 4) and Detroit Pistons (No. 5) complete the top five.

The Celtics are not currently expected to have a busy draft night. They swapped their first-round picks for the second year in a row, moving their 2022 first-round picks 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 still has its second-round pick in the 2022 NBA draft. It also has control of its first-round picks 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 other things, if it wants to trade again in the first round.

In each of the last two drafts, the Celtics have chosen 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 else you need to know about the 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, 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 per pick in the first round and two minutes per pick in the second round.

When the Celtics pick

The Celtics only have one pick in the 2022 NBA draft, and it’s about to end. Boston’s only pick is No. 53 overall, which is the sixth-last pick in Thursday’s draft.

Complete order draft

First round:

1. Orlando
2. Oklahoma City
3. Houston
4. Sacramento
7. Portland
8. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
9. Saint Anthony
10. Washington
11. New York
12. Oklahoma City (by LA Clippers)
14. Cleveland
15. Charlotte (from New Orleans)
17. Houston (from Brooklyn)
18. Chicago
20. San Antonio (from Toronto)
21. Denver
22. Memphis (from Utah)
25. San Antonio (from Boston)
27. Miami
28. Golden State
30. Oklahoma City (from Phoenix)

Second round:

31. Indiana (from Houston via Cleveland)
32. Orlando
33. Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago)
34. Oklahoma City
35. Orlando (from Indiana via Milwaukee)
36. Portland
37. Sacramento
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
42.New York
43.L.A. Clippers
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)

Best prospects

Jabari Smith Jr., F

Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-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 feet 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 outside shot skills, making him an enticing prospect.

Paolo Banchero, F

Age: 19 Height: 6-foot-10 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-foot-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-foot-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-foot-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-foot-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-foot-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-foot-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-foot-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.

Latest draft rumors

  • It still remains uncertain who the Magic will hit with the No. 1 pick. Smith is currently the favorite (-175 odds on DraftKings Sportsbook), while Holmgren and Banchero are expected to finish 2nd and 3rd respectively.
  • Since the draft lottery, multiple reports have surfaced that the Kings are attempting to delay the #4 pick to add a talented veteran. However, Sacramento is “getting more comfortable drafting 4th,” The Athletic’s Shams Charania reported Monday.
  • Since Smith, Holmgren, and Banchero are expected to be the top three picks in a particular order, many draft analysts believe the draft will unofficially start with the #4 overall pick. While Ivey is considered the fourth-best prospect in the draft by consensus, he told reporters Monday that he hasn’t even been in contact with the Kings.
  • The Knicks, Pistons, Pacers, Wizards and others are looking to move up to No. 4. according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.

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