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2022 NBA Draft results, takeaways: Magic trick experts taking Paolo Banchero to No. 1, sparking chaos

There aren’t usually too many surprises in the NBA draft these days, but Thursday night started with a major upset as the Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero with the No. 1 pick. in the general classification. For weeks, they were expected to kick Jabari Smith out of Auburn, and it’s still unclear if it was all just an elaborate smokescreen or if they changed their minds at the last minute.

The Magic reportedly never hosted Banchero for formal training or an interview in Orlando, suggesting it could be the latter.

Either way, the Oklahoma City Thunder then took big man Chet Holmgren out of Gonzaga as planned, while the Houston Rockets went with Smith to round out the top three. The Rockets likely had Banchero planned, but Smith should still fit in well as a sharp shooting forward to partner 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 pick despite almost every prediction suggesting Purdue’s Jaden Ivey was the clear fourth-best. player. Maybe they really believe in Murray, or maybe they were hesitant to take guard with their first choice for the third year in a row.

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

Disappointing project on the commercial front

Leading up to draft day, we heard a lot about the possibility of many trades involving current NBA players being canceled. For example, on Wednesday, ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, who is as hip as anyone when it comes to the NBA, said he expected a lot of trading.

“Trades are the new free agency this time of year,” he said. “Teams know their best chance to improve won’t be in July in free agency, it’ll be around the draft with trades. I think we’re going to see a lot of that tomorrow night.”

Things didn’t quite turn out that way, however. While several picks were shuffled, as is the case every year, there were very few trades involving established NBA players. Kemba Walker was traded from the Knicks to the Pistons as part of a larger deal, and both parties are expected to work on a buyout that would allow Walker to become a free agent this summer. Additionally, the 76ers and Grizzlies traded players, as the Sixers sent veteran forward Danny Green and the No. 23 overall pick to Memphis in exchange for De’Anthony Melton.

There was also a trade that took place the day before the draft, as the Pistons traded forward Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers in exchange for a 2025 first-round pick (via the protected Milwaukee Bucks n ° 1-4) and several choose swaps. These guys aren’t minced liver, but none of these moves can be considered landscape-altering, or even major. Thus, it is safe to say that the project was disappointing on the business front.

The Knicks have a busy night

The New York Knicks went into draft night with just two picks: numbers 11 and 42. Even with the usual rumors, it looked like it would be a straightforward night. Of course, that’s not possible with this franchise, and three trades and hours of confusion later they’re gone with Trevor Keels (No. 42), three future first-round picks and some extra space. In the first trade of the night, they sent the No. 11 pick (Ousmane Dieng) to the Oklahoma City Thunder for three future firsts. Then they packed one of the first they got from the Thunder and four future second-round picks to get the No. 13 pick (Jalen Duren) from the Charlotte Hornets. Finally, they sent Duren and Kemba Walker to the Detroit Pistons for another future first-round pick. For full details on all moves, including pick guards, head here.

It’s no secret that the Knicks’ top priority this offseason is Jalen Brunson. The left-handed guard is hitting free agency and expected to get a big payday after impressing in the Dallas Mavericks’ run to the Western Conference Finals. In addition to hiring his father as an assistant coach, the Knicks also cleared enough space to make a competitive bid. The question, however, is whether those moves were worth shooting Brunson for. If they can’t sign him, giving up a lottery pick to get rid of Walker’s salary won’t age well.

Knicks fans, unsurprisingly, were upset. Most notably, Stephen A. Smith and Spike Lee looked crestfallen on ESPN’s nightly broadcast.

Pistons win again on draft night

Last year, the Detroit Pistons won the lottery and selected Cade Cunningham with the No. 1 overall pick. After a bit of a slow start to his rookie season, he turned it on and looked like the real deal as a jumbo enabler. While the Pistons fell to fifth in the lottery this year, they were once again the big winners on draft night.

First and foremost, they lucked out with Jaden Ivey at No. 5. The Purdue guard was widely considered the fourth-best player in that class, but the Sacramento Kings overtook him at No. 4. to select Keegan Murray. While Murray may end up being a good player, he lacks the advantage of Ivey, who is an explosive athlete and has a chance to be a terrific scorer on many levels. In Cunningham and Ivey, the Pistons have their backcourt of the future.

Shortly after, the Pistons traded with the New York Knicks. They sent a 2025 first-round pick via Milwaukee, which they acquired as part of Jerami Grant’s deal earlier this week, to the Knicks in exchange for No. 13 pick Jalen Duren and Kemba Walker. The latter will eventually be redeemed. Duren is another terrific athlete, albeit in the frontcourt, where he has looked dominant for Memphis at times. While still raw from a purely attacking standpoint, he’s huge, works hard, and should contribute straight away defensively.

After years of alternating between rebuilding aimlessly and chasing the No. 8 seed in the Eastern Conference, the Pistons finally feel like they have a plan and a young core in place. There is still a long road ahead of them, but with Cunningham in the lead, the future should be bright in Detroit.

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Order of the 2022 NBA Draft

Round 1 Selection 2nd round Selection
1. Magic

Paolo Banchero
PF | duke

31. Pacers Andre 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. Plunger

Jaden Ivey
SG | Purdue

35. Lakers* Max Christi
SG | michigan st.
6. Pacers

Benoit Mathurin
SG | Arizona

36. Trail Blazers Gabrielle Procida
SF | Italy
7. Trailblazers

Shaedon Sharpe
SG | Kentucky

37. Kings* jade hardy
SG | Ignite the G League
8. Pelicans

Dyson Daniels
SG | Ignite the G League

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

Jeremy Sochan
PF | Baylor

39. Riders Khalifa Diop
C | Senegal
10. Wizards

Johnny Davis
SF | Wisconsin

40. timber wolves* 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 Bowling
SG | duke
13. Hornets* Jalen Duren
C | Memphis
43. Clippers Moussa Diabate
PF | Michigan
14. Riders Ochai Agbaji
SG | Kansas
44. Hawks* ryan rollin
SG | Toledo
15. Hornets Mark Williams
C | duke
45. Hornets Josh Minott
PF | Memphis
16. Hawks AJ Griffin
SF | duke
46. ​​Pistons* Ishmael Kamagate
C | France
17. Rockets Tari Reason
47. Grizzlies Vince Williams Jr.
18. Bulls Dalen Terry
SF | Arizona
48. timber wolves* Kendall Brown
SF | Baylor
19. timber wolves* Jake LaRavia
PF | WakeForest
49. Riders* Isaiah Mobley
20. Spurs Malaki Branham
SF | Ohio St.
50. timber wolves Matteo Spagnolo
pg | Italy
21. Nuggets Christian Brown
SG | Kansas
51. Warriors* Tyrese Martin
SG | UConn
22. Grizzlies* Walker Kesler
C | Auburn
52. Pelicans Karlo Matkovic
C | Serbia
23. 76ers* David Roddy
SG | Collar. St.
53. Celtics JD Davison
pg | Alabama
24. Dollars Mar Jon Beauchamp
SF | Ignite the G League
54. Wizards Yannick Nzosa
C | congo
25. Spurs Blake Wesley
SG | our Lady
55. Warriors Gui Santos
SF | Brazil
26. Rockets* Wendell Moore Jr.
SF | duke
56. Riders Luc 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* Ty Ty Washington Jr.
pg | Kentucky
30. Nuggets* peyton watson

* – choose part of declared trade

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