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Surprise in the NBA Draft: Paolo Banchero takes the number 1 from Jabari Smith

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Soppressed in the 2022 NBA Draft with the choice of Paolo Banchero with the number 1 by the Orlando Magic at a gala held at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn.

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The Oklahoma City Thunder selected Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga) with the number 2 and the Houston Rockets bet on Jabari Smith Jr. (Auburn)who was the favorite to be number 1, with number 3.

Paolo Banchero: “I didn’t find out that the Magic were going to pick me until about 20 seconds before”

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“I didn’t find out the Orlando Magic was going to pick me until about 20 seconds before the commissioner went on stage. I didn’t even have time to really think about it or anything. It just happened. I can’t believe it, but I’m ready. I’m ready. ready,” Banchero told ESPN.

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Paolo Banchero is a 19-year-old forward and 2.08 m. that this season he has averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists this season in the NCAA playing for Duke.

With the arrival of Banchero, the Orlando Magic become one of the teams with the most future in the NBA. The Duke forward is joined in Florida by Jalen Suggs, Cole Anthony, Franz Wagner, Jonathan Isaac and Wendell Carter Jr.

The ‘unicorn’ Chet Holmgren, number 2 selected by Thunder

The forecasts were fulfilled and Chet Holmgren, the jewel of 2.13 m. de Gonzaga, was selected with the number 3 by the Oklahoma City Thunder.

Holmgren averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 minutes with Gonzaga in the NCAA.

Jabari Smith Jr.’s slump, from favorite to be number 1 to be number 3: “God doesn’t make mistakes”

Jabari Smith Jr., a powerful forward of 19 years and 2.08 m. that had the scouts amazed, seemed the favorite to be number 1 in the 2022 NBA Draft after averaging 16.7 points and 7.4 rebounds with Auburn in the NCAA.

“God doesn’t make mistakes, so I’m happy to be here. I’m happy to be where I am. I’m happy to get to Houston and show them what they chose. Just happy to be here,” said Jabari Smith Jr. after being selected by the Houston Rockets with number 3 in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Top 10 of the 2022 NBA Draft

Paul Banchero (Orlando Magic), Chet Holmgren (Oklahoma City Thunder) and Jabari Smith Jr. (Oklahoma City Thunder). (Houston Rockets) were the first three picks of the 2022 NBA Draft.

The Top 5 was completed Keegan Murray (Iowa) was was selected by the Sacramento Kings y Jaden Ivey (Purdue)who will defend the colors of the Detroit Pistons.

The Top 10 was completed Bennedict Mathurin (Indiana Pacers, sixth position), Shaedon Sharpe (Portland Trail Blazers, seventh), Dyson Daniels (New Orleans Pelicans, octava), Jeremy Sochan (San Antonio Spurs, ninth) and Johnny Davis (Washington Wizards, décima).

The Thunder selected three players in the first round.

The Oklahoma City Thunder were one of the big winners of the NBA Draft tonight with three first-round picks: Chet Holmgren (2), Ousmane Dieng (11) and Jalen Williams (12).

NBA Draft 2022: results of the 58 picks, analysis and confirmed transfers


1. Magic draft Paolo Banchero (Duke)

2. Thunder draft Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga)

3. Rockets draft Jabari Smith (Auburn)

4. Kings draft Keegan Murray (Iowa)

5. Pistons draft Jaden Ivey (Purdue)

6. Pacers draft Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona)

7. Blazers draft Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky)

8. Pelicans draft Dyson Daniels (G League Ignite)

9. Spurs draft Jeremy Sochan (Baylor)

10. Wizards draft Johnny Davis (Wisconsin)

11. Knicks draft Ousmane Dieng (New Zealand Breakers) – (traspasado de los Thunder)

12. Thunder draft Jalen Williams (Santa Clara)

13. Hornets draft Jalen Duren (Memphis) – (traded in a three-way deal)

14. Cavaliers draft Ochai Agbaji (Kansas)

15. Hornets draft Mark Williams (Duke)

16. Hawks draft A.J. Griffin (Duke)

17. Rockets draft Tari Eason (LSU)

18. Bulls draft Dalen Terry (Arizona)

19. Timberwolves draft Jake LaRavia (Wake Forest) – (traspasado a Memphis)

20. Spurs draft Malaki Branham (Ohio State)

21. Nuggets draft Christian Braun (Kansas)

22. Grizzlies draft Walker Kessler (Auburn) – (transferred to Minnesota)

23. Sixers draft David Roddy (Colorado State) – (traspasado a Memphis)

24. Bucks draft MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite)

25. Spurs draft Blake Wesley (Notre Dame)

26. Mavericks draft Wendell Moore Jr . (Duke) – (transferred to Minnesota)

27. Heat draft Nikola Jovic (Mega Mozzart)

28. Warriors draft Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Milwaukee)

29. The Grizzlies drafted TyTy Washington Jr . (Kentucky) – (transferred to Minnesota)

30. Thunder draft Peyton Watson (UCLA) – (traspasado a Denver)


31. Pacers draft Andrew Nembhard (Gonzaga)

32. Magic draft Caleb Houstan (Michigan)

33. Raptors draft Christian Koloko (Arizona)

34. Thunder draft Jaylin Williams (Arkansas)

35. Lakers draft Max Christie (Michigan State)

36. Blazers draft Gabriele Procida (Fortitudo Bologna) – (moved to Detroit)

37. Kings draft Jaden Hardy (G League Ignite) – (traspasado a Dallas)

38. Spurs draft Kennedy Chandler (Tennessee) – (traspasado a Memphis)

39. Cavaliers draft Khalifa Diop (Gran Canaria)

40. Timberwolves draft Bryce McGowens (Nebraska) – (transferred to Charlotte)

41. Pelicans draft EJ Liddell (Ohio State)

42. Knicks draft Trevor Keels (Duke)

43. Clippers draft Moussa Diabate (Michigan)

44. Hawks draft Ryan Rollins (Toldeo) – (traspasado a Golden State)

45. Hornets draft Josh Minott (Memphis)

46. Pistons draft Ismael Kamagate (Paris Basketball) – (traspasado a Denver)

47. Grizzlies draft Vince Williams Jr. (VCU)

48. Timberwolves draft Kendall Brown (Baylor) – (traspasado a Indiana)

49. Cavaliers draft Isaiah Mobley (USC)

50. Timberwolves draft Matteo Spagnolo (Real Madrid)

51. Warriors draft Tyrese Martin (UConn) – (traspasado a Atlanta)

52. Pelicans draft Karlo Matkovi (Mega Mozzart)

53. Celtics draft JD Davison (Alabama)

54. Wizards draft Yannick Nzosa (Unicaja Malaga)

55. Warriors draft Gui Santos (Minas) – (Traded to Milwaukee)

56. Cavaliers draft Luke Travers (Perth)

57. Blazers draft Jabari Walker (Colorado)


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