2022 NBA Draft results, takeaways: Magic trick experts by taking Paolo Banchero at No. 1, setting off chaos

There usually aren’t too many surprises in the NBA Draft in this day and age, but Thursday night started out with a major one as the Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 overall pick. For weeks, the expectation had been that they would take Jabari Smith out of Auburn, and it’s still unclear if that was all an elaborate smokescreen or they changed their mind at the last minute.

The Magic reportedly never hosted Banchero for a formal workout or interview in Orlando, which suggests it could be the latter.

In any case, the Oklahoma City Thunder then took big man Chet Holmgren out of Gonzaga as expected, while the Houston Rockets went with Smith to round out the top-three. The Rockets had likely been planning on Banchero, but Smith should still fit in nicely as a sharp-shooting forward to pair with Jalen Green.

Of course, no draft could be complete without the Sacramento Kings doing something out of the box, and they took Keegan Murray with the No. 4 overall pick despite almost all prognostications suggesting that Purdue’s Jaden Ivey was the clear fourth-best player. Perhaps they truly believe in Murray, or perhaps they were wary of taking a guard with their first pick for the third straight year.

Either way, it worked out for the Detroit Pistons, who were happy to take Ivey at No. 5. After getting Cade Cunningham with the first pick last year, they now have the makings of a terrific young backcourt.

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2022 NBA Draft order

Round 1 Selection Round 2 Selection
1. Magic

Paolo Banchero
PF | Duke

31. Pacers Andrew Nembhard
PG | Gonzaga
2. Thunder

Chet Holmgren
C | Gonzaga

32. Magic Caleb Houstan
SF | Michigan
3. Rockets

Jabari Smith
PF | Auburn

33. Raptors Christian Koloko
C | Arizona
4. Kings

Keegan Murray
PF | Iowa

34. Thunder Jaylin Williams
PF | Arkansas
5. Pistons

Jaden Ivey
SG | Purdue

35. Lakers * Max Christie
SG | Michigan St.
6. Pacers

Bennedict Mathurin
SG | Arizona

36. Trail Blazers Gabriele Procida
SF | Italy
7. Trail Blazers

Shaedon Sharpe
SG | Kentucky

37. Kings * Jaden Hardy
SG | G League Ignite
8. Pelicans

Dyson Daniels
SG | G League Ignite

38. Spurs * Kennedy Chandler
PG | Tennessee
9. Spurs

Jeremy Sochan
PF | Baylor

39. Cavaliers Khalifa Diop
C | Senegal
10. Wizards

Johnny Davis
SF | Wisconsin

40. Timberwolves * Bryce McGowens
SF | Nebraska
11. Knicks * Ousmane Dieng
SF | France
41. Pelicans EJ Liddell
PF | Ohio St.
12. Thunder Jalen Williams
SG | Santa Clara
42. Knicks Trevor Keels
SG | Duke
13. Hornets * Jalen Duren
C | Memphis
43. Clippers Moussa Diabate
PF | Michigan
14. Cavaliers Ochai Agbaji
SG | Kansas
44. Hawks * Ryan Rollins
SG | Toledo
15. Hornets Mark Williams
C | Duke
45. Hornets Josh Minott
PF | Memphis
16. Hawks AJ Griffin
SF | Duke
46. ​​Pistons * Ismael Kamagate
C | France
17. Rockets Tari Eason
PF | LSU
47. Grizzlies Vince Williams Jr.
SF | VCU
18. Bulls Dalen Terry
SF | Arizona
48. Timberwolves * Kendall Brown
SF | Baylor
19. Timberwolves * Jake LaRavia
PF | Wake Forest
49. Cavaliers * Isaiah Mobley
PF | USC
20. Spurs Malaki Branham
SF | Ohio St.
50. Timberwolves Matteo Spagnolo
PG | Italy
21. Nuggets Christian Braun
SG | Kansas
51. Warriors * Tirese Martin
SG | UConn
22. Grizzlies * Walker Kessler
C | Auburn
52. Pelicans Carlo Matkovic
C | Serbia
23. 76ers * David Roddy
SG | Colo. St.
53. Celtics JD Davison
PG | Alabama
24. Bucks MarJon Beauchamp
SF | G League Ignite
54. Wizards Yannick Nzosa
C | Congo
25. Spurs Blake Wesley
SG | Notre Dame
55. Warriors Gui Santos
SF | Brazil
26. Rockets * Wendell Moore Jr.
SF | Duke
56. Cavaliers Luke Travers
SF | Australia
27. Heat Nikola Jovic
SF | Serbia
57. Trail Blazers Jabari Walker
SF | Colorado
28. Warriors Patrick Baldwin Jr.
PF | Milwaukee
58. Pacers Hugo Besson
PG | France
29. Grizzlies * TyTy Washington Jr.
PG | Kentucky
30. Nuggets * Peyton Watson
SF | UCLA

* – pick part of reported trade

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