Who is the No. 1 prospect in the 2022 NBA draft?
We’ll find out Thursday night who the Orlando Magic are. value at number 1 as they were selected first overall for the first time since 2004, but there is no consensus among the NBA front offices at the top of this draft. And the same for our team of experts. In our finalAccording to the consensus of CBS Sports experts Gary Parrish, Matt Norlander, David Cobb and myself, as well as Adam Finkelstein and Travis Branham of 247Sports, four different players received votes at number 1.
So who is the number 1 prospect in the 2022 NBA draft?
but our math in the overall rankings determined that Chet Holmgren deserved the honor, but below, each of us outlined our reasons for choosing us as the No. 1 prospect in this year’s draft. Here’s who each of us had in first place and why as we approach the Thursday night draft with a wide range of opinions on the best in the class.
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Chet Holmgren case
I understand the arguments for Jabari Smith, Paolo Banquero and even Jaden Ivey to take the first overall pick in the 2022 NBA draft. I don’t think any of them are ridiculous options. But I still truly believe that Holmgren is the best prospect available this year, which is why I also believe Orlando should pick him No. 1. He is an elite rim guard who can swim offensively. , bounce it, throw it, and generally use matches.
If he is guarded by a traditional big, he will most likely be able to bypass it. If a smaller player is guarding him, he can definitely fire right over him. Am I concerned about light frames? Sure, on some level, I think. But, as ESPN correspondent Jonathon Givony pointed out in a recent podcast, how many great prospects haven’t achieved greatness just because they’re too skinny? He couldn’t think of one. I can not, too. So I’m just going to assume that Holmgren’s unique skill set will allow him to overcome his unique structure and ultimately become the best player in this draft. — Gary Parrish
In my opinion, Holmgren has the highest ceiling in the draft. He changes the game at both ends of the court. It’s just that there aren’t many 7-footers in the world that can protect the rim, stretch the floor, and still provide such an effective presence of interior trim. He’s even better at ball handling and passing than some people think. But on top of all that, I just believe in his mentality and his inner toughness. I know he needs to pump up his body, but if there’s one thing that all NBA teams have figured out how to do at an exceptionally high level, it’s this. — Adam Finkelstein
We know the whole world is questioning his physique, but the truth is that Holmgren has never been injured and has never shown that lack of strength is a real handicap. You can’t throw it at the world’s Joel Embiid, but no one can throw anything at him. In four or five years, we could legitimately say that he will be one of the faces of the League with his ability to dribble, pass and shoot unlike anything we’ve seen in his growth and stature, and the fact that he is an elite defender. and rim protection. — Travis Branham
I understand the appeal of Smith and Bunchero, but for me Holmgren’s benefits are up a notch. Smith lacks playmaking potential – Holmgren could flourish in that regard. Suspected Banchero in both three-point shooters and defense – Holmgren has a nice shot and is one of the best defensive prospects under the rim we’ve ever seen. I also do not share the wild nonsense about the unique body type. Holmgren has been able to take on better players all his life, and NBA rules will continue to evolve in his favor. He has already proven that he can perform at the highest level of amateur basketball and has the most room for improvement of the top three players. Add all that and it definitely sounds like the best player in the draft class. — Colin Ward-Henninger
The case of Paolo Banquero
Whether it’s for CBSSports.com, Eye on College Basketball, or CBS Sports HQ, I’ve explained my position many times over Banchero being the No. 1 on my big board in recent weeks. And here, right in the draft, once again with feeling. Banchero is the smartest choice out of all the players in this class because he is the most developed and proven talent. His performance with Duke, along with several other first-round starters, was more than satisfactory: 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, 3.2 assists for the best offensive team in the country, according to KenPom.com.
Bunchero was 52% in 2-point shooting and 33.8% in range shooting. No one in this draft has the combo that Banchero has: size + skill + touch + passing ability + game creation + rebounding prowess + competitive advantage. He has an above average grip, can work the post, shoot from behind the arc and is not a black hole. Hesitancy over his No. 1 position stems from the fact that he isn’t nearly as dangerous a three-point shooter as Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren and even Jaden Ivey. But he can still shoot. Defensively, he has more opportunities to catch up. However, no one is more prepared to play in the NBA tomorrow than Banchero and I think he will end up as a multiple All-Star by the end of his second contract. — Matt Norlander
The Jaden Ivey Case
There are safer prospects at the top of that class (Smith Jr.) as well as bigger boom-and-bust offers (Holmgren), but no one has the rare combination of explosive athleticism and creative ability that Ivey has in this draft. He is a human firework that can explode to the brim. He has the potential to develop into a true next-level leading defenseman if he continues to develop and improve as a decision maker.
At worst, he can be a change of pace initiator whose dynamic explosiveness helps lighten the burden of the #1 team initiation option. I would put him in first place among everyone in this class if his playmaker…