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2022 NBA draft winners and losers: Jaden Ivey gets his wish as Kings pass on him

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NEW YORK. Paolo Bankero, Chet Holmgren and Jabari Smith were the big winners on Thursday night, taking 1-3 picks in the 2022 NBA draft. The Orlando Magic won the first pick for the first time since 2004 and selected Duke Banchero, making him Duke’s second No. 1 pick in four years (Zion Williamson became No. 1 in 2019). Oklahoma City continues to patiently rebuild, adding the most controversial player in the draft, 7-foot-1, 195-pound center Chet Holmgren.

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There were a few surprise picks: Patrick Baldwin Jr. moved 28th to the Warriors, and Jaden Ivey got his wish and avoided the Sacramento Kings. Below are the winners and losers of the NBA Draft.

Jayden Ivey (R) shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after the Detroit Pistons selected him fifth overall in the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23, 2022 in New York City.  (AP Photo/John Mincillo)
Jayden Ivey (R) shakes hands with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after the Detroit Pistons selected him fifth overall in the 2022 NBA Draft on June 23, 2022 in New York City. (AP Photo/John Mincillo)

NBA draft winners

Orlando Magic

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The Magic had the first pick in the draft for the first time since 2004 when they selected Dwight Howard. It worked out pretty well for the franchise at the time, with Howard leading them to the NBA Finals. Prior to that, they drafted Shaquille O’Neal in 1992, and it’s clear that the Magic have been successful in bringing power forwards and centers with top picks in the past.

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Banchero entered the draft as the most ready big player at 6’10” and weighs 250 pounds. Early this week, the chances of winning in Las Vegas shot up as rumors grew that Banchero could come out on top rather than Smith, who is enjoying more success.

The Magic were one of the worst 3-point shooting teams last season, shooting just 33% from deep across the team. Even though Banchero didn’t hit as many 3s as Smith did last season, he’s more than comfortable in threes during the transition and doesn’t use the pick-and-roll option.

Detroit Pistons

Jayden Ivey got his wish and was not drafted by the Sacramento Kings, finishing fourth on the board. The Kings, guided by the need of the team rather than the best available player, chose Iowa forward Keegan Murray. This gave the Pistons the green light to take Ivey and add him to the backcourt along with Cade Cunningham, creating one of the most athletic young backcourts in the league. Cunningham is an excellent facilitator and attracts the defense by the way he reads players off the pick and roll. This will free up space for Ivy to veer off the wing and attack the baseline.

The Pistons also won gold courtesy of 6-foot-11 center Jalen Duren in a three-way 13th-pick trade. Düren was the No. 1 player after graduating from high school before reclassifying and playing for Penny Hardaway a year early. Duren has an NBA-ready body and is a fantastic passer, especially when the defense is failing. Duren and Ivey will join the already elite young line-up of Cunningham, Saddiq Bey and Killian Hayes.

NBA draft losers

Sacramento Kings

Since 2007, the Kings have been drawn by the lottery every year except for one, and are still trying to build a playoff-level team. Ivey was clearly the top prospect at No. 4, with little comparison to Ja Morant, but with a full backcourt and Ivey’s very public statement that he didn’t want to go there, the Kings chose Murray, a 6-foot-8 forward. from Iowa.

Memphis Grizzlies

The Grizzlies already have an established playoff-level team led by Ja Morant, Jaren Jackson Jr. and Desmond Bain. On Thursday, they selected Wake Forest forward Jake LaRavia at number 19 and Colorado State forward David Roddy at number 23. Roddy struggled at times during the 5-on-5 NBA draft, and LaRavia is a good role player. The Grizzlies turned down potential young players such as Tai Tai Washington and Blake Wesley. LaRavia and Roddy plan to be good secondary players, but they are very boring.


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