that much Orlando Magic Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr. will be selected as the first overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. According to ESPN’s Jonathan Gibbony:. that much Oklahoma City Thunder Then, according to the report, Gonzaga’s big man Chet Holmgren finished second overall. Smith is currently -120. DraftKings Sportsbook Ranked 1st overall
“Most NBA teams… are confident that Smith will be the best choice,” Givony wrote. He also noted that there are “overwhelming expectations” that Holmgren will be Thunder’s second overall pick. Smith and Holmgren are both excited about their new home.
Smith Jr. finished 7th in our All Prospects this season, but quickly climbed to the draft board due to his incredible outside shooting ability for his size. Smith’s path to NBA greatness begins with him becoming the best 6’10+ shooter in the league. Orlando already has some attractive young players, with Jalen Suggs, Cole Anthony and Markelle Fultz on the backcourt, Franz Wagner on the wing, Wendell Carter Jr. on the front court and limited free agent Mohamed Bamba. There’s also the defensive great Jonathan Isaacs who hasn’t played due to an injury after the bubble.
We recently wrote an example of why Magic should pick Duke’s Paolo Banchero as their overall #1 overall pick. Also read the full Banchero Scouting Report. Now Banchero Houston Rockets With 3rd overall if you decide to pick him.
Holmgren is an ideal match for Thunder. Oklahoma City already has two great young shotmakers: Shai Gilgeous-Alexander and Josh Giddey. The Thunder clearly values length, and Holmgren’s 7’6 wingspan and versatile skill set are perfect for the front court. Holmgren is second overall in this class after Banchero. Read Holmgren’s full analysis of the game here.
Smith was our 4th overall prospect behind Purdue’s guard Jaden Ivey, but there is definitely a path where he can ultimately create the best value. Smith needs to score better inside the arc after only making 43.5% on two-pointers at Auburn. He also needs to tighten the handle. Smith looks best when he prepares to score rather than creating for himself. The biggest problem with Magic is who the lead shot makers are with Suggs, Wagner, and Fultz all having a chance to take the reigns.
Read our Instant Mock Draft after the draw, which includes mini-scout reports for all first-round prospects. We will continue to cover this class until the June 23rd draft in Brooklyn.