Complete analysis on every pick

NEW YORK – The first round of the 2022 NBA Draft was marked by a few surprises, including Orlando Magic’s selection of Duke Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick, but mostly the best players available in that category formed. Below are our immediate reactions and scores for each first-round pick.

1. Orlando Magic: Paolo Banchero, BF, Duke

Banchero isn’t agile and lacks the lateral speed of Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren, but he has the most NBA-ready body at 6-foot-10 and 250 pounds. Duke Striker can be connected instantly alongside Wendell Carter Jr. For some extra volume and he’s comfortable starting the attack as the head coach of the ball on missed shots. Class: a-

Holmgren in the front yard with 7-foot-tall Aleksej Pokusewski would be a sight to behold. General Manager Sam Prieste knows what he’s doing and although Holmgren is likely to swing for fences, it’s worth the risk to the upside. Class: a

3. Houston Rockets: Jabbari Smith Jr., BF, Auburn

Houston scored a big landing goal in Smith. It’s the most versatile performer at the top of the draft, and would pair well with Jalen Green and Kevin Porter Jr. Smith did not work with the Rockets prior to the draft. It’s a huge selection for the Rockets as an inside option and a player who can defend positions 1-5. Class: a +

The Kings were clearly focused on Murray at the start of the week. He had a solid workout with them before the draft and it’s a nice complementary piece for Devon Mitchell and Dearon Fox. The Kings haven’t had much luck crafting the big characters, but Murray’s hybrid turn to turn off the winger in position will bring diversity to the front yard. Class: a

Ivy dropping to fifth is the best-case scenario for the Pistons. Ivey in the backcourt with former No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham is a solid combination and a must-have for Pistons fans. With the way Cunningham can create dribbling and Ivey’s flashy finishes around the edge, this fun and talented duo is up and coming in Detroit. Class: a +

6. Indiana Pacers: Benedict Mathurin, Saint-Germain, Arizona

Mathurin is a plug-and-play goalkeeper who can influence the offensive end of the field through playmaking and versatility. He’s not the best three-point guard in the draft but he’s highly capable, can shoot and pass the defense with his 6-foot-6 frame. It’s a great minor addition for Tyrese Haliburton and Malcolm Brogdon. Class: B-

Sharpe is the biggest question mark in the draft and will need extra time to adjust to NBA pace and spacing after not scoring a single minute in Kentucky. If the Trail Blazers had been patient, Sharpe might have ended up in a perfect position playing alongside Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons in the backcourt. Class: B

Daniels grew two inches and reached a height of 6 feet 8 feet by the end of the G League season. It can add some much-needed volume to the Pelican as the base parameter of the ball in the second unit or in the wing position with the starting spin. Class: b +

A dynamic defender, Susan can protect every position on the field with his championship and athletic performance. He still needs to develop on the offensive side of the ball, but he will see the early minutes from the bench for this Spurs side. Class: a-

Davis is one of the most reliable guards in this draft, averaging nearly 20 points and only spins per game during his sophomore season in Wisconsin. The Witches finally get Bradley Beal some help in the backcourt and Davis could be the secondary scoring option at the end of the shot clock. Class: a-

Ding has improved dramatically during his season with the NZ Breakers in the Australian National Basketball League. It’s still a very raw possibility, so Thunder will have to be patient as it develops. In a season or two, Dying will be a very productive winger at a massive 6-foot-10. Class: c

Williams was the biggest rookie after combining for the NBA draft and bringing some size to the winger with his 6-foot-7, 7-foot-wide frame and 2 wingspan. Williams is just 21 years old, but he has experience jumping into the spin right away. Class: a

13. Detroit Pistons (Via Trade): Galen Doreen, C, Memphis

Duren is one of the youngest players in this draft class but has a lot of upsides with his already built chassis at 6ft 10 and 250lbs. Duren provides instant aisle presence. Class: A +

The Cavs need help on the wing with a three-point shot and Agbaji fills that role nicely. He tested the waters of the NBA two more times and it paid off in a big way. He has proven himself even more as a reliable 3D guy, working on his body and leading the Jayhawks to a national championship. Agbaji is a man that the Cavs can instantly connect with his outstanding experience and skills on the wing. Class: a

The Hornets need some help in the front zone and Williams was one of the best tire protectors in the country last season. Williams stands at 7 feet 2 and has a wingspan of 7-5. He has a great structure that he can still grow in and there are a lot of positive aspects to this young position. Class: a

16. Atlanta Hawks: A. J. Griffin, F, Duke

Griffin is the definition of centerless basketball. He can navigate multiple locations with his 6-foot-6, 230-pound frame. Griffin had his fair share of injuries during his young career, so he’s a high-profile gambler in the draft. If he can stay healthy, he might be a missing piece for this Hawks team. Class: b +

Eason is one of the best wing edge runners in this draft class and specializes in chasing blocks, challenging guards at the edge and even falling with his 7-foot-2 wingspan to guard forward power. He is a raw athletic winger who loves to play over the edge and will add excitement to the already fast-paced young Rockets team. Class: a

18. Chicago Bulls: Dalene Terry, J, Arizona

Terry chose to remain in the enlistment, surprising many of his scouts. His upside is clear. He’s a 6-foot-7 tall athletic winger and he’s a player who could be an influence on this Bulls roster after a year or two in development. The Bulls had an impressive second-round pick last year with Ayo Dosunmu and Terry could step in alongside Dosunmu in the second unit. Class: b +

19. Memphis Grizzlies: Jake LaRavia, G/F, Wake Forrest

LaRavia is a strong player who can play the extended four and has all the tools needed to be a strong player in the NBA. Grizzlies have a set menu and take a secure and trusted suite at LaRavia. Class: B

20. San Antonio SpursMalaki Branham, J., Ohio State

Branham’s size is big at 6-foot-5 and was the most improved player from the start of the college season to the finish. He averaged 13.7 points, two assists and just 1.7 spins per game. We expect Branham to be in the secondary group off the bench to start the season but with his size and the way he sees the floor, Branham could see a few minutes early with his starting unit. Class: a

21. Denver Nuggets: Christian Brown, J., K.S.

Brown was an integral part of the Kansas Championship last season. He is a more than 3-point shooter and has proven that he has the sportsmanship to be an effective goalkeeper in the NBA. Class: C-

Kessler was the lead blocker in college basketball last season and moves well with his 7-foot-1 frame. The Cavs had success last year with Isaiah Mobley and Jarrett Allen in the lane, and Tm Connolly makes a similar move in His first year as head of basketball operations in Minnesota. Class: B

23. Memphis Grizzlies: David Rudy, BF, Colorado State

Rudy moves better for his size and has a good outside shot for a power forward stance. He’s a hard worker who will have decent minutes off the bench behind Stephen Adams and Garen Jackson Jr. He’s one of the older players in the draft and will bring high energy to the Grizzlies. Class: B-

24. Milwaukee Bucks: MarJon Beauchamp, G/F, G League Ignite

Great 3D visor with a good size of 6ft by 7ft. Beauchamp continues to develop his shot in the 3-point jump and has a huge advantage in entering the league, having played a season with the G League Ignite. Class: b +

NBA Draft 2022 category left to right: Blake Wesley, Walker Kessler, Jaden Hardy, Tarry Eason, Galen Williams, Galen Doreen, A. Griffin, Dyson Daniels, Jonny Davis, Jabari Smith, Benedict Mathurin, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivey, Paulo Banchero, Siddon Sharp, Jeremy Suchan, Tai Tai Washington, Keegan Murray, Ochai Agbaji, Osman Deng, Malaki Branham, Mark Williams, Margoun Beauchamp, Nikola Jovic.

NBA Draft 2022 category left to right: Blake Wesley, Walker Kessler, Jaden Hardy, Tarry Eason, Galen Williams, Galen Doreen, A. Griffin, Dyson Daniels, Jonny Davis, Jabari Smith, Benedict Mathurin, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivey, Paulo Banchero, Shaedon Sharpe, Jeremy Sochan, TyTy Washington, Keegan Murray, Ochai Agbaji, Ousmane Dieng, Malaki Branham, Mark Williams, Marjon Beauchamp, Nikola Jovic pose for a group on stage at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on June 23, 2022 ( Tefun Coskun/Anadolu Agency via Getty Images)

Wesley is the first person to be accomplished in Notre Dame history, and although he has been a bit inconsistent during the season, he has improved his birdie and added nine pounds of muscle mass during the pre-draft process. Wesley is an underrated passerby and has great body control around the edge. Class: a

Moore Jr. tested the waters of the NBA last year and was elected to return for one more season, to work on his body and foot movement. It paid off in a big way and he was the very good general on Duke’s team. Moore Jr. will carry that leadership to Minnesota and it should be a decent support. Class: B

27. Miami Heat: Nikola Jovic, G/F, Mega Basket (Serbia)

Jovic is a great shooter and hit 13 corner kicks with three throws during his professional day in Chicago. He’ll need some work to adjust to the pace of the NBA game and need to work on his pick-up and play readings to develop outside of just being a particular shooter. Class: c

28. Golden State Warriors: Patrick Baldwin Jr., PF, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee

Warriors obviously have the luxury of crafting a player here that they can store and develop. Baldwin Jr. looks part of the elite player in the NBA with his 6-foot-10 physique. He handles the ball and shoots it like a goalkeeper but there are concerns if he can stay healthy. Baldwin Jr. played only 11 games last college season due to an ankle injury and was struggling with injuries in high school. Again, warriors can hide and evolve it but it’s still a risky choice. Class: c-

29. Houston Rockets: TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky

Washington played ball in Kentucky and developed further as a ball secondary handler and is one of the fastest players in this draft. Class: b +

Watson didn’t see many minutes in his first year at UCLA after Mick Cronin brought back almost the entire Final Four team. Watson’s upside as a 6-foot-8 goalkeeper is undeniable and he’ll need a year or two of development before he starts seeing steady spin minutes. Class: c

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