We have reached the end of the NBA draft process. The withdrawal deadline has passed, the lottery and the combine are over, and the pre-draft preparation of teams through interviews and training is almost complete. Near.
But the draft is just over a week away, and there’s still a lot of predictions to be made. This means it’s time to get fully immersed in our layout and design – for the first time in the entire cycle – which we think teams will be doing now that we have a complete picture of the class, taking into account suitability, talent, touchdown rumors and more.
This version of the NBA draft trial below is the most extensive to date and includes all 58 picks (correct: 58, not 60 due to Miami and Milwaukee losing their second-round picks) for the 2022 NBA Draft of the year. In addition, unlike our Big Board Top 100 ranking, it takes into account the needs of the team first. The layout below consists almost exclusively of what we count teams will do – not something we would do.
You’ll notice below that the top of the rankings has mostly stalled, with Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jaden Ivey – the top four players in the class – falling into the #1-4 order. However, the No. 5 draft is a pleasure, and with the Pistons’ pick, we’re projecting a new name there. As a result, Shaedon Sharp, the man of mystery we once projected for number five, is slipping a bit as teams continue to dig into his game after not seeing him in a competitive environment all last season. Sticking to the theme surrounding Sharpe over the past few months, he remains one of the most controversial talents in the draft. Being in the top 5 or falling out of the top 10 seems like a reasonable outcome for draft night. We’ve shared the difference below.