2022 NBA Mock Draft: Duke's Paolo Banchero goes No. 1 with Iowa's Keegan Murray a surprising No. 3 pick - bdsthanhhoavn.com

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Duke’s Paolo Banchero goes No. 1 with Iowa’s Keegan Murray a surprising No. 3 pick

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 250 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

3rd

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

17.2

RPG

7.8

APG

3.2

3P%

33.8%

Banchero is the safest bet in the upper range of the lottery this year because of his NBA-ready frame and the fact that he can already score at all three levels. Banchero’s potential to defend all positions and exceptional ball skills also set him apart in this draft class. The versatile forward averaged 3.8 assists per game over the season’s final two months. Some of the other contenders for the No. 1 spot arguably have a higher ceiling, but Banchero’s floor is as a solid all-around NBA starter which makes him a low-risk selection for a team that hasn’t totally fallen in love with someone else at the No. 1 slot.

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Auburn

• Fr

• 6’10”

/ 220 lbs

Projected Team

Orlando

PROSPECT RNK

4th

POSITION RNK

2nd

PPG

16.9

RPG

7.4

APG

2

3P%

42%

A 6-10 player who is an elite outside shooter is incredibly rare in college basketball, where traditional bigs abound some teams deploy two classic post players in the same lineup. Smith’s uniqueness helped him stand out in that environment, as he was protected in some ways by an elite true center in teammate Walker Kessler. Smith’s one already elite skill — outside shooting — will be defended more competently at the next level, which will force Smith to tighten his handle and hone his shot-creation acumen. Defensively, opponents will test the theory that he can guard 1-5 by trying to exploit his slender frame on the block while testing his quickness on the outside.

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Iowa

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 225 lbs

Projected Team

Detroit

PROSPECT RNK

8th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

23.5

RPG

8.7

APG

1.5

3P%

39.8%

Murray will be 22 when the 2022-23 NBA season begins, while Jabari Smith and Paolo Banchero will be just 19. Perhaps that’s a turn off for some franchises wanting to mold a player to their specifications. But if you throw out age and just look at the game, there is a chance that Murray could be the first player from this draft class to make an NBA All-Star game. He’s coming from a program that hasn’t produced a first round draft pick since 1998, and considering the quantum leap he made as a sophomore, it’s tantalizing to consider what additional elements of Murray’s game can be unlocked by an NBA staff. He’s well-equipped to guard all positions and is an offensive maestro who is especially effective in transition.

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Gonzaga

• Fr

• 7’0″

/ 195 lbs

PPG

14.1

RPG

9.9

APG

1.9

3P%

39%

If concerns over Holmgren’s physicality and ability to handle the rigors of the NBA with a lanky 7-foot frame wind up pushing him out of the conversation to be the No. 1 pick, then he’ll be an unbelievable value in this range. Two of Holmgren’s comps — Jaren Jackson Jr. and Kristaps Porzingis — were also picked fourth. They’re both stars, but they both also dealt with serious knee injuries before age 24. Being a do-it-all 7-footer who logs 70+ games year in and year out is physically taxing.

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Purdue

• Soph

• 6’4″

/ 195 lbs

Projected Team

Indiana

PROSPECT RNK

1st

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

17.3

RPG

4.9

APG

3.1

3P%

35.8%

The way Ivey gets downhill and finishes in the paint and at the rim with a combination of athleticism and touch is reminiscent of Ja Morant. While Ivey lacks Morant’s distribution skills and is more of a shooting guard, the upshot is that he has the potential to be a better defender. That potential didn’t manifest itself in college, but if an NBA team can unlock Ivey’s defensive capabilities, they may find themselves with an All-Star.

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Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 200 lbs

Projected Team

Portland

PROSPECT RNK

5th

POSITION RNK

2nd

Sharpe has no college film to evaluate enrolling at Kentucky in for the spring semester but not suiting up. He’s billed as an athletic shooting guard with the explosiveness to create shots and finish at the rim, and he wound up as the No. 3 ranked prospect in the 2021 recruiting class. That slotting put him ahead of players like Jabari Smith, Jalen Duren and AJ Griffin. It’s hard to see a prospect with those credentials slipping much further in this draft.

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Kansas

• Sr

• 6’5″

/ 215 lbs

Projected Team

Sacramento

PROSPECT RNK

9th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

18.8

RPG

5.1

APG

1.6

3P%

40.9%

Depending on where he lands, Agbaji could make an NBA team better immediately as a plug and play 3-and-D wing. That may also be his ceiling, but the development he showed from his junior to senior season showcase Agbaji’s relentless work ethic and make you wonder what more untapped potential may be there.

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Duke

• Fr

• 6’6″

/ 222 lbs

Projected Team

New Orleans

PROSPECT RNK

7th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

10.4

RPG

3.9

APG

1

3P%

44.7%

If Cam Johnson can get drafted 11th overall at 23 years old and become a key player for one of the NBA’s best teams, then Griffin can absolutely go in the top 10. At 6-6, he’s a couple inches shorter than Johnson but brings the same elite skill as a knockdown 3-point shooter. Griffin will be just 19 when the season begins and could be a high-level 3-and-D wing by his third season in the league.

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LSU

• Soph

• 6’8″

/ 216 lbs

Projected Team

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

15th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

16.9

RPG

6.6

APG

1

3P%

35.9%

Eason enjoyed a breakout sophomore season after transferring to LSU from Cincinnati. He can score at all three levels and is a high-upside, versatile defender. His college coaches employed him as a sixth man, and it wouldn’t be surprising to see Eason cast in the same role at the next level. At 6-8, he’s like a perimeter-oriented Montrezl Harrell in terms of motor, grit and the type of role he may play.

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Baylor

• Fr

• 6’9″

/ 230 lbs

Projected Team

Washington

PROSPECT RNK

12th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

9.2

RPG

6.4

APG

1.8

3P%

29.6%

Sochan is a nimble power forward who is comfortable shooting from the outside and guarding players at any position. Assuming he improves on the 29.6% 3-point mark he posted in one season at Baylor, Sochan should play in the league for a long time.

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Arizona

• Soph

• 6’6″

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

New York

PROSPECT RNK

11th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

17.7

RPG

5.6

APG

2.5

3P%

36.9%

Mathurin’s length and ability to rise up to get a look late in the shot clock should serve him well at the next level. The jury is out on his defensive ceiling, but he has the tools and talent to become a solid two-way player over time.

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Wisconsin

• Soph

• 6’5″

/ 194 lbs

PPG

19.7

RPG

8.2

APG

2.1

3P%

30.6%

His 30.6% 3-point shooting mark as a sophomore might spook some scouts, but Davis basically ran the show for a Wisconsin team not exactly known for having a modern offensive philosophy. In the right system, Davis will shine as a two-way talent because of his defensive tenacity bucket-getting prowess. Over time, he’ll need to trade some of his mid-range attempts for 3-point shots if he wants to fit in the modern NBA as an off-ball guard.

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Kentucky

• Fr

• 6’3″

/ 197 lbs

Projected Team

Charlotte

PROSPECT RNK

6th

POSITION RNK

1st

PPG

12.5

RPG

3.5

APG

3.9

3P%

35%

Washington can play on or off the ball and is an intense defender, though at 6-foot-3 he may be too small to contest the shots of taller NBA wings. Nonetheless, he’s a versatile guard with the doggedness and intangibles to find a role in the league.

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Baylor

• Fr

• 6’8″

/ 205 lbs

Projected Team

Cleveland

PROSPECT RNK

18th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

9.7

RPG

4.9

APG

1.9

3P%

34.1%

Brown was an elite role player in his lone season at Baylor as he showed excellent offensive efficiency as a secondary option. His athleticism and defensive versatility should help him carve out a long — though perhaps not All-Star caliber — NBA career.

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Dyson Daniels


SG

G League Ignite

• 6’6″

/ 175 lbs

Projected Team

Charlotte

PROSPECT RNK

17th

POSITION RNK

5th

PPG

11.3

RPG

5.9

APG

4.4

3P%

25.5%

Daniels served as the primary facilitator for G-League Ignite, averaging 4.4 assists per game in his 14 appearances with the program. His outside shot is a work in progress, but for a franchise with the leash to develop a raw playmaker, Daniels is worth taking a flyer on.

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Duke

• Soph

• 7’0″

/ 242 lbs

Projected Team

Atlanta

PROSPECT RNK

14th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

11.2

RPG

7.4

APG

0.9

FG%

72.1%

The market for centers who don’t shoot 3-pointers is lean in today’s NBA. Williams is good enough as a shot blocker, rebounder and finisher to find a role, though. The 7-footer can bruise with anyone and is also active enough to hold his own in pick-and-roll situations.

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Nikola Jovic


SF

Serbia

• 6’10”

/ 210 lbs

Projected Team

Houston

PROSPECT RNK

21st

POSITION RNK

5th

Of the international prospects in this class, Jovic seems like the safest bet. He’s already adept at scoring from all three levels and shows signs of the defensive competency you’d hope for with an offensively gifted 6-10 forward.

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Ohio State

• Jr

• 6’7″

/ 240 lbs

Projected Team

Chicago

PROSPECT RNK

29th

POSITION RNK

8th

PPG

19.4

RPG

7.9

APG

2.5

3P%

37.4%

Liddell is like a slightly more athletic version of third-year Celtics forward Grant Williams, who is playing a big role for Boston in the NBA Playoffs after he was taken with the No. 22 pick in 2019. He’s got a stocky build reminiscent of a traditional post player but can shoot 3-pointers and is agile enough to hold his own as a versatile weapon in the NBA.

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Jean Montero


SG

Overtime Elite

• 6’2″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Minnesota

PROSPECT RNK

20th

POSITION RNK

7th

Montero, who has been playing for Overtime Elite, looks the part of a future starting NBA point guard offensively with his ability to distribute the basketball and high-level handle. He put those traits on display in a Nike Hoop Summit exhibition vs. some of college basketball’s top incoming freshmen. The questions here are whether his offense is good enough to outweigh some potential defensive limitations that come with being 6-2 and slender.

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Ousmane Dieng


SF

France

• 6’9″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

26th

POSITION RNK

6th

At 6-9 and with the coordination and flow of a guard, Dieng is among the most intriguing prospects in this class. The French prospect enjoyed a nice finish to his season with the New Zealand Breakers of the NBL but will likely face a long road toward NBA proficiency.

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Marquette

• Fr

• 6’7″

/ 245 lbs

Projected Team

Denver

PROSPECT RNK

25th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

16.8

RPG

7.9

APG

1.7

3P%

34.9%

It’s easy to envision Lewis as a floor-stretching power forward in an NBA system after he demonstrated some outside touch by hitting 34.9% of on 5.2 attempts per game as a sophomore at Marquette. At 6-7 and with a built frame, he brings the physicality expected of the position along with the modern requirements of versatility.

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Duke

• Jr

• 6’5″

/ 213 lbs

Projected Team

Memphis

PROSPECT RNK

30th

POSITION RNK

7th

PPG

13.4

RPG

5.3

APG

4.4

3P%

41.3%

Moore could wind up as a steal and find himself in the running for NBA All-Rookie honors, depending on where he lands. He can guard multiple positions, is efficient offensively and continues to improve his outside shot. He may not be a superstar, but he’s a solid value play in the later half of the first round who can contribute early in the right situation.

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MarJon Beauchamp


SF

G League Ignite

• 6’6″

/ 199 lbs

Projected Team

Brooklyn

PROSPECT RNK

36th

POSITION RNK

10th

Beauchamp will turn 22 just before the NBA season after taking an unorthodox path to the G-League Ignite program. But at the end of the day, he’s a physically gifted wing who can develop into an NBA starter if his 3-point shot continues developing.

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Notre Dame

• Fr

• 6’5″

/ 181 lbs

Projected Team

Milwaukee

PROSPECT RNK

24th

POSITION RNK

10th

PPG

14.4

RPG

3.7

APG

2.4

3P%

30.3%

Wesley can put his head down, get to the paint and collapse a defense with the best of them. With an athletic 6-5 frame, he played the role of bucket-getter for Notre Dame as a freshman. Wesley still has tons of room to improve as a shooter and facilitator. But his offensive upside is excellent and he’s got the tools to thrive defensively.

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Kansas

• Jr

• 6’6″

/ 218 lbs

Projected Team

San Antonio

PROSPECT RNK

31st

POSITION RNK

11th

PPG

14.1

RPG

6.5

APG

2.8

3P%

38.6%

Braun faces a big decision on whether to return to Kansas and become a superstar and Big 12 Player of the Year candidate like Ochai Agbaji did last season. He’s a dynamic forward who can guard 1-4, knock down 3-pointers and get to the basket. He’s NBA ready now, but perhaps he could be a lottery pick after a full season in the college spotlight.

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Ohio State

• Fr

• 6’5″

/ 180 lbs

Projected Team

Dallas

PROSPECT RNK

16th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

13.7

RPG

3.6

APG

2

3P%

41.6%

Branham’s offensive efficiency stood out during his one season with Ohio State as he hit 53% of his 2-pointers and 41.6% of his 3-pointers. He showed big-time scoring ability while earning Big Ten Freshman of the Year honors and could compare reasonably well to Malik Monk at the next level if he can continue to prioritize his outside shot.

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Tennessee

• Fr

• 6’0″

/ 171 lbs

Projected Team

Miami

PROSPECT RNK

34th

POSITION RNK

3rd

PPG

13.9

RPG

3.2

APG

4.7

3P%

38.3%

The knock on Chandler is that he’s just 6-foot and slender, and to some draft heads that screams defensive liability. Sure, he can’t guard bigger wings and post players, but Chandler’s defense was arguably the most impressive aspect of his lone season at Tennessee. He can hold his own on that side and has plenty of offensive upside to warrant first-round consideration.

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Jaden Hardy


SG

G League Ignite

• 6’4″

/ 185 lbs

Projected Team

Golden St.

PROSPECT RNK

19th

POSITION RNK

6th

PPG

17.7

RPG

4.6

APG

3.2

3P%

26.9%

Hardy led G-League Ignite in scoring but did it on just 35.1% shooting in 12 games. The former No. 4 overall prospect from the 2021 recruiting class has plenty of upside, but it’s going to take some risk-tolerance to use a first-round pick on him.

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Auburn

• Soph

• 7’1″

/ 245 lbs

Projected Team

Memphis

PROSPECT RNK

28th

POSITION RNK

4th

PPG

11.4

RPG

8.1

APG

0.9

3P%

20%

Kessler ranked second nationally in shots per game with 4.6 and was incredibly efficient at the rim for an Auburn squad that spent a chunk of the season at No. 1. The big man also began attempting some 3-pointers as a sophomore, which is a skill he’ll need to continue to develop at the next level.

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Memphis

• Fr

• 6’11”

/ 250 lbs

PPG

12

RPG

8.1

APG

1.3

FG%

59.7%

If you’re in the market for a rim-running center who can protect the rim and handle pick-and-roll defense, Duren checks the boxes. Offensively, he needs substantial development from a skill standpoint. But his physical tools will make him an effective rebounder and defender in the NBA even if the offense remains underwhelming.

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