With the NBA draft just around the corner, we here at FanSided have decided to take a look into what might happen in 2022.
The current MVP of college basketball has already set his mind on entering next year’s draft and is expected to be taken first overall- Zion Williamson. The Hornets will also appear in this article; they are currently sitting with five picks along with the three projected top 3 selections in round 1.
The “2023 nba mock draft” is a mock draft that predicts which NBA players will be in the league in 2023.
NBA evaluators have developed opinions of several of the best talents eligible for the 2022 NBA draft around six weeks into the 2021-22 men’s college basketball season, with Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren and Duke’s Paolo Banchero staying at the top for most scouts. Other fascinating talents are well-represented in the current iteration of the ESPN 2022 NBA mock draft, including developing Auburn freshman Jabari Smith, Purdue point guard Jaden Ivey, and the best prospects in the G League Ignite, Overtime Elite, and within the international game.
As the calendar turns to 2022 and conference schedules heat up around college basketball, the NBA draft order begins to take shape, highlighted by the clubs in contention for the NBA selection lottery. Should the mystical ping-pong balls bounce their way during the lottery, the struggling Detroit Pistons, who picked Cade Cunningham No. 1 overall in July, might once again be in great position to secure the top choice.
After the first six weeks of the collegiate season, here’s how ESPN’s mock draft looks, followed by assessments of the best players ESPN has lately evaluated:
The draft order for 2022 is based on ESPN BPI draft estimates as of Monday. Picks owed and owned are also shown in the whole 1-58 sequence.
NBA mock draft by Jonathan Givony
1. The Pistons of Detroit
Gonzaga | PF | Chet Holmgren 19.6 years old
Oklahoma City Thunder, No. 2
Paolo Banchero is a Duke PF/C player who is 19.1 years old.
3. The Magic of Orlando
Auburn’s Jabari Smith is a PF/C who is 18.6 years old.
Houston Rockets, No. 4
Purdue’s Jaden Ivey | PG/SG | 19.8 years old
5. Pelicans of New Orleans
Jalen Duren | Memphis | C | 18.0 years old
New York Knicks, No. 6
G League Ignite | SG | Jaden Hardy 19.4 years old
San Antonio Spurs (#7)
Trevor Keels | Duke | PG/SG | Trevor Keels | Duke | PG/SG | Trevor Keels | Duke | 18.3 years old
Sacramento Kings (#8)
Patrick Baldwin Jr. is a 19-year-old SF/PF from Milwaukee.
Washington Wizards (No. 9)
Overtime Elite | PG/SG | Jean Montero 18.4 years old
The Trail Blazers are ranked 10th in the NBA.
TyTy Washington Jr. (Kentucky) | PG/SG | 20.0 years old
The Grizzlies are ranked 11th in the NBA (from Lakers)
Bennedict Mathurin | Arizona | San Francisco | 19.5 years old
Atlanta Hawks (#12)
Keegan Murray | Iowa | PF | 21.3 years old
Toronto Raptors (#13)
JD Davison | Alabama | PG | 19.2 years old
Philadelphia 76ers (14th)
Johnny Davis | SG | Wisconsin | 19.8 years old
Indiana Pacers (#15)
G League Ignite | SG/SF | MarJon Beauchamp 20.1 years old
Minnesota Timberwolves, No. 16
Kendall Brown | Baylor | San Francisco | 18.6 years old
Dallas Mavericks (#17)
Dyson Daniels | G League Ignite | PG/SG | Dyson Daniels | G League Ignite | Dyson Daniels | Dyson Daniels | Dyson 18.7 years old
Boston Celtics (#18)
NZ Breakers’ Ousmane Dieng | SF/PF | 18.5 years old
Chicago Bulls (19.)
Caleb Houstan | Michigan | San Francisco | 18.9 years old
Oklahoma City Thunder (#20) (from Clippers)
Mark Williams | Duke | C | 20.0 years old
Memphis Grizzlies (21st)
Kennedy Chandler | Tennessee | PG-13 | 19.2 years old
Charlotte Hornets (22nd)
Ochai Agbaji | Kansas | San Francisco | 21.6 years old
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Nebraska | SG | Bryce McGowens 19.1 years old
Milwaukee Bucks (#24)
Hugo Besson | NZ Breakers | PG/SG | Hugo Besson | NZ Breakers | Hugo Besson | Hugo Besson | 20.6 years old
Houston Rockets (#25) (from Brooklyn)
Duke | SF | Wendell Moore Jr. 20.2 years old
Miami Heat (No. 26)
Peyton Watson | UCLA | SF | 19.2 years old
Cleveland Cavaliers (#27)
Ohio State’s E.J. Liddell is a PF who is 21.0 years old.
Oklahoma City Thunder (#28) (from Phoenix)
Mega Mozzart | SF | Nikola Jovic 18.5 years old
Memphis Grizzlies (No. 29) (from Utah)
Unicaja Malaga | Yannick Nzosa | C | 18.0 years old
Golden State Warriors (#30)
Christian Koloko | Arizona | PF | 21.4 years old Christian Koloko | Arizona | PF | 21.4 years old
San Antonio Spurs (31st) (from Detroit)
Khalifa Diop | Gran Canaria | C | 19.9 years old Khalifa Diop | Gran Canaria | C | Age: 19.9 years old Khalifa Di
Oklahoma City Thunder (32nd)
Ismael Kamagate | Paris, France | C | 20.9 years old
Orlando Magic (#33)
Allen Flanigan | Auburn | San Francisco | 20.6 years old
The Cleveland Cavaliers are ranked 34th in the NBA (from Houston)
Christian Braun | SG | Kansas | 20.6 years old
The Pelicans of New Orleans are ranked 35th in the NBA.
Justin Lewis | Marquette University | SF/PF | 19.6 years old
New York Knicks (36).
Daimion Collins (Kentucky) | PF/C | 19.1 years old
Cleveland Cavaliers (#37) (from San Antonio)
Moussa Diabate | PF/C | Michigan 19.9 years old
Sacramento Kings (38).
G League Ignite | PF | Michael Foster 18.9 years old
Minnesota Timberwolves (#39) (from Cleveland via Washington)
Jeremy Sochan | Baylor University | PF | 18.5 years old
Portland Trail Blazers (#40)
Harrison Ingram | Stanford | San Francisco | 19.0 years old
San Antonio Spurs (41st) (from Lakers)
Gabriele Procida | Fortitudo Bologna | SG | 19.5 years old Gabriele Procida | Fortitudo Bologna | SG | Age: 19.5 years old Gabriele Procida
Atlanta Hawks (42nd)
PF | Roko Prkacin | Cibona Zagreb | Roko Prkacin | Cibona Zagreb | Roko Prkacin | Cibona Zagreb | Roko Prka
Golden State Warriors (43). (from Toronto)
Andrew Nembhard | Gonzaga University | PG | 21.9 years old
Orlando Magic (#44) (from Indiana)
UCLA | SG | Jaime Jaquez Jr. 20.8 years old
Minnesota Timberwolves (45).
Zach Edey | Purdue | C | 19.6 years old
Dallas Mavericks (#46)
Tari Eason | LSU | SF/PF | 20.6 years old
Boston Celtics (#47)
Real Madrid’s Tristan Vukcevic (PF) is 18.7 years old.
Sacramento Kings (48). (from Chicago)
Keon Ellis (Alabama) | SG/SF | 21.9 years old
49. Los Angeles Clippers
Drew Timme | Gonzaga | PF/C | Drew Timme | Gonzaga | PF/C | Drew Timme | Gonzaga | 21.2 years old
Memphis Grizzlies (50)
Johnny Juzang | UCLA | SF | 20.7 years old
Charlotte Hornets (51st)
St. John’s | Julian Champagnie | SF/PF | 20.4 years old
Minnesota Timberwolves (52nd) (from Denver)
Matteo Spagnolo | Cremona | PG | 18.9 years old Matteo Spagnolo | Cremona | PG | Age: 18.9 years old Matteo Spagno
The Detroit Pistons are ranked 53rd in the NBA (from Brooklyn)
Walker Kessler | Auburn | C | 20.4 years old Walker Kessler | Auburn | C | 20.4 years old
Indiana Pacers (54). (from Miami)
Trayce Jackson-Davis | PF/C | Indiana 21.8 years old
New Orleans Pelicans (#55) (from Cleveland)
Boogie Ellis | PG/SG | USC 21.0 years old
Phoenix Suns (56).
Overtime Elite | PF/C | Dominick Barlow | Dominick Barlow | Dominick Barlow | Dominick Barlow | Dominick Barlow | Dominic 18.5 years old
New Orleans Pelicans (57) (from Utah)
Orlando Robinson | Fresno State | C | 21.4 years old Orlando Robinson | Fresno State | C | 21.4 years old Orlando Robinson | Fresno
Golden State Warriors (58)
Trevion Williams | Purdue | C | 21.2 years old Trevion Williams | Purdue | C | 21.2 years old Trevion Williams | Purdu
*The Bucks and Heat both lost their 2022 second-round selections after breaking the rules regulating free agency talks.
Top prospects from key college games and the G League Showcase in Las Vegas were scouted.
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Baldwin’s brilliance shone through during shootaround as he went through skill drills. In a 1-on-1 situation, he looks the part of a plug-and-play NBA starter, with a 7-2 wingspan, large hands, and a smooth shooting stroke. During his warmup routine, we all marveled at his handling and footwork, with NBA executives occupying almost every seat.
Baldwin, on the other hand, seemed unsettled and exhausted throughout his 31 minutes on the court. He threw up many air balls, surrendered several offensive rebounds, and was beaten off the dribble by Jabari Walker, a Colorado winger and another NBA prospect. Furthermore, Baldwin failed to play through contact, didn’t bring much energy or passion to the court, and battled to strike the perfect balance between understanding when to move the ball and when to express himself. Baldwin followed up his lackluster performance against Colorado with another flop against Rhode Island, scoring six points on eight shots in a 24-point defeat, his last opportunity to shine against a well-regarded nonconference foe this season.
Baldwin averaged 9.8 points, 5.3 rebounds, and 1.3 assists in 26.5 minutes versus winning teams, shooting 35 percent from two and 21 percent from three. Baldwin averaged 18.5 points, 6.8 rebounds, and 2.3 assists in 29.8 minutes in four games against teams with a.500 or lower record, while shooting 41 percent from two and 44 percent from three.
For NBA scouts, these divisions reinforce Baldwin’s status as a divisive prospect. His mix of height, on-the-go shooting, ballhandling, and passing skills makes him a viable starter in today’s NBA. He’ll never be required to produce the bulk of his team’s offense the way he was at Milwaukee, which should help to cover some of his flaws in getting past defenders and being aggressive with the ball. In addition, he’s been dealing with an ankle issue, which might be adding to his inconsistent season. Baldwin’s smooth shooting style implies he makes a lot of shots, yet he only makes 33 percent of the time on three of his 46 tries. Baldwin is eerily silent on the court and plays with a worried demeanor, leading some to question if he will be able to hit enough shots in crucial situations at the next level.
His defensive flaws are also a roadblock to early NBA action. Baldwin has plenty of time to get things right before conference play begins. However, if his troubles against Horizon League opponents persist, it will be tough to justify his selection as a top-10 player. Schmitz’s words
JD Davison | 6-3 | PG | 19.2 years old | Alabama | No. 13 in the country
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I wrote in October that Beauchamp “may go down as the G League Ignite’s best success story to date” after spending two days around the Ignite. In only six months, he’s gone from basketball nomad to surefire first-round choice, averaging 15.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals in 36 minutes, averaging 15.1 points, 7.3 rebounds, 2.5 assists, and 1.5 steals. Beauchamp was a big point guard with potential off the dribble but no defensive energy when I first examined him at a Rainier Beach open gym in Seattle more than three years ago. He attended four different high schools and a semester at Yakima Valley Community College thanks to his fame.
After his great game on Sunday, he told ESPN’s Jonathan Givony, “I had to go through a lot of things and rediscover my game.” “I used to be a slacker player, so I simply bring that intensity. I simply feel like I’ve evolved on that side, and my defense has become a lot more focused than it used to be.”
Beauchamp will still get caught ball gazing or will receive assistance from a powerful side corner shooter. He projects as a multi-position defender in the NBA, with the ability to affect the game like Mikal Bridges or Matisse Thybulle, at 6-6 with a 7-1 wingspan, tremendous hands, and a newfound energy. He has good feet, works hard to challenge jumpers, competes in the post on three-quarter denials, and is rangy enough to fight steals and blocks from the weak side. He’s also a great rebounder from his position.
The greatest thing about Beauchamp’s projection is that he can have an impact without running plays, which speaks well for his NBA career. He’s a gap-filler winger who creates offense without dribbling by being opportunistic in transition, finding soft areas as a cutter, and going downhill off pindowns and closeout plays. He’s also a good passer, demonstrating the ability to execute easy drop-offs and kick-outs, particularly in transition.
His experience as a big guard in those open-court Seattle runs is now more valuable, offering him more promise than defensive-minded wings. He’ll need to improve his 3-point shooting to realize his full potential, since he’s afraid to shoot off the catch, even from the corners. He does, however, have good shooting mechanics and a consistent stroke from the midrange and from the charity stripe. Schmitz’s words
Dyson Daniels | 6-6 | PG/SG | Age: 18.7 | G League Ignite | No. 17 Dyson Daniels | 6-6 | PG/SG | Age: 18.7
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Foster’s finest performance has come in the low post or mid-post position, when his scoring instincts and touch show. He is undersized for an NBA center at 6-8 with a 7-foot wingspan. His jumper’s high, extended release raises questions about his ability to stretch the floor, as he’s just 5-of-24 from three (20.8 percent) after 16 games. In the eyes of assessors, his somewhat selfish style of play and lack of passing skills hampered him, since NBA clubs now want to see a certain degree of decision-making from contemporary big men who can help teams win.
Foster seemed to be a step late with his reaction speed on defense, getting lost in space in pick-and-roll coverages and being relentlessly put up by similarly sized or taller big men. Foster’s lack of length, explosiveness, and agility meant he offered minimal resistance to opponents as a rim protector. He had glimpses early in the season while switching on the perimeter or in drop coverages, but he couldn’t build on it in Vegas, where he was constantly scored on.
The fact that Foster has been working harder this season than he did in high school is a plus, but the results haven’t been as impressive. Foster seems to be a chance to hear his name called in the first round on draft night, but he’ll need to improve on both sides of the floor if he wants to be taken in the first round. Givony’s words
Trevion Williams | 6-10 | C | 21.2 years old | Purdue | 58th overall
Purdue’s Trevion Williams has his eyes on the back of his head, and a silky no-look pass finds a cutting Mason Gillis.
Williams, a first-team All-Big Ten selection as a junior, attracted little to no interest from NBA clubs when he entered the draft last spring and was not invited to the G League Elite Camp.
Things are looking bright for Williams this winter, as his increasing production has elevated him to one of the most important and well-rounded players in college for a No. 3 rated Purdue squad with national title hopes.
Williams arrived at West Lafayette as a 320-pound 17-year-old with erratic speed. He put on a spectacular show for numerous NBA decision-makers last weekend at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, scoring 22 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, 4 blocks, and 2 steals while playing a season-high 33 minutes in an overtime victory against North Carolina State.
Williams’ strengths as a prospect begin with his great basketball intellect, despite his lack of agility or explosiveness. Purdue uses him to run a lot of offense, taking advantage of his ability to complete every ball. As a pick-and-roll finisher and post player, he is a solid creator from the perimeter, functioning off of jab steps or snappy crossovers. He attracts fouls, shows inventiveness with his basket finishes, and has outstanding footwork, making him a mismatch and a one-man offense in crunch time.
Williams has improved his defensive play as well. While he isn’t a very good rim protector, he has been adept at switching or blitzing screens on the perimeter, averaging 2.4 steals per 40 minutes. Williams, who is undersized for a center and lacks outstanding agility or jumping ability, will encounter clear challenges, despite his awareness and intelligence.
He’s hit just two of six jumpers from beyond the paint this season and is a lifetime 51 percent free throw shooter, so developing a jump shot would go a long way toward improving his chances of carving out an NBA career.
Williams has placed himself on the radar of NBA scouts as a possible draft choice despite being younger than many juniors now anticipated to be chosen. Givony’s words
Fanbo Zeng | 6-11 | SF/PF | Age: 18.9 | G League Ignite | N/A Fanbo Zeng | 6-11 | SF/PF | Age: 18.9 | G League Ignite | N/A
Over the course of two games in Vegas, the 18-year-old Chinese forward scored 16 points in 37 minutes, demonstrating both what makes him fascinating as a possibility and where he still has opportunity to develop.
In Ignite’s victory against Grand Rapids, Zeng came off the bench to score eight points in ten minutes, including an above-the-rim finish, a pair of spot-up 3s, and a block as the pick-and-roll drop defender. With Beauchamp out due to sickness, Zeng struggled in 26 minutes against Austin, missing all four of his three-point attempts, allowing straight line drives on closeouts and isolation situations, and battling with aggressiveness on the boards. Zeng’s lack of length (6-9 wingspan) and strength (197 pounds) showed on defense against Grand Rapids at times, particularly in the interior.
Zeng, on the other hand, plays with vigor, cutting, storming the offensive glass, and displaying the makings of a contemporary skill set with his projectable shooting stroke (40 percent from three this season) and ability to attack in a straight line. Zeng will have to show himself as a knockdown shooter while improving his defense during the course of the Ignite’s remaining games if he wants to be a quality draft candidate in 2022. Schmitz’s words
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