Updated: Oct 11
Welcome to the 5th and final installment of our 2022 NBA Mock Draft.
Since our last Mock Draft installment, we have all attended the NBA G-League Elite Camp, NBA Draft Combine, NBA-approved Pro-Days, and countless pre-draft workouts. We have a good handle on the talent in this year's draft class and have done our best as a staff to evaluate fairly and efficiently.
This mock has been a labor of love as we scouted hundreds of prospects worldwide to complete this final edition. But we added a wrinkle this year; for the first time, we completed two Mocks simultaneously, the one you are reading and a Private Mock for paid subscribers to the site. The private mock will include; strengths & weaknesses, games notes & game reports, stats, analytical metrics, and detailed video breakdowns. If you are interested in the private mock, please select the link highlighted.
All of that leads us to this point: the draft is a week from today, on June 23, 2022, and we are confident in our selections and eager to see who lands.
In the meantime, enjoy our final Mock Draft and stay tuned for more great content from our entire staff at Between The Lines Sports.
1. Orlando Magic
Jabari Smith Jr. | Fr | Auburn | 6'10 | PF
Floor: Channing Frye
Ceiling: Anthony Davis
Jabari is a modern-day stretch big that can shoot it from the perimeter, he can rebound & push in transition, and he defends multiple positions (Smith ranked #1 in the draft class on the BTL Sports Defensive Metric Chart). He is a polished face-up scoring threat in the mid-post area, using a series of jab/shot fakes to keep his defender off balance. In transition, Smith is not afraid of getting out and filling lanes to make himself an option to score. On the defensive end, his length and athleticism allow him to play the passing lanes and mix it up on the interior.
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
Chet Holmgren | Fr | Gonzaga | 7'0 | C
Floor: Thon Maker
Ceiling: Kristaps Porzingus
Holmgren is a unique prospect with high-level skills on both sides of the ball. He has great rim-protecting instincts and the ability to guard along the perimeter. He was highly effective finishing at the rim and proved to be a capable catch-and-shoot 3pt shooter. Questions exist about his thin frame as well as his shot creation.
3. Houston Rockets
Paolo Banchero | Fr |Duke | 6'10 | F
Floor: Julius Randle
Ceiling: Blake Griffin
Paolo has a good combination of size, skill, and strength with the ability to handle the ball and play make for his teammates, shoot it from the perimeter and bang on the interior. He can defend multiple positions on the defensive end, primarily 3 - 5. He must sure up is shot selection and shooting percentages overall.
4. Sacramento Kings
Keegan Murray | So | Iowa | 6'8 | PF
Floor: Marcus Morris
Ceiling: Kyle Kuzma
Keegan is a dual-threat from both the post area and the 3pt line; he has solid footwork and can score over either shoulder while also possessing the ability to step out and knock down a 3pt shot. He is also switchable as a defender utilizing a combination of size, strength, and length. He needs to improve his handle as he struggles to create for himself and continue to get stronger as he struggles to finish with contact.
5. Detroit Pistons
Jaden Ivey | So | Purdue | 6'4 | SG
Floor: JR Rider
Ceiling: Donovan Mitchell
Jaden is an explosive athlete in transition and off the dribble, getting the rim and finishing well. He has a decent shooting percentage from the 3pt line but must work on getting his feet set to knock it down at a higher clip. He also needs to work on slowing down as he is often at maximum speed, which gets him in trouble driving to the basket. He must also work on valuing the ball as he makes careless passes and is loose with the ball off the dribble.
6. Indiana Pacers
Ochai Agbaji | Sr | Kansas | 6'5 | SG
Floor: Joe Harris
Ceiling: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope
Ochai has all the makings of a good two-way player; he has elite athleticism, he shoots it well from behind the 3pt line off the catch, and he is switchable on the defensive end. He needs to improve his ability to create for himself off the dribble and hunt his shot at time; he can fall to the background and not engage.
7. Portland Trailblazers
Bennedict Mathurin | So | Arizona | 6'6 | SF
Floor: Terrance Ross
Ceiling: Victor Oladipo
Mathurin is a three-level scorer who can operate in the pick and roll or take defenders one-on-one. Mathurin is a threat off the ball who looks to come off screens for catch and shoot opportunities. He has the physical tools to defend at a high level and uses his strong frame to finish at the rim and crash the glass. Mathurin still needs refinement on defense as he can get lost off the ball. His offensive IQ also needs work as he settles for contested midrange shots and doesn't project as a playmaker.
8. New Orleans Pelicans
AJ Griffin | Fr | Duke | 6'6 | SF
Floor: Saddiq Bey
Ceiling: T.J. Warren
Griffin is a physical and skillful prospect with tools that translate to the NBA. He can create space for his shot, especially in the midrange, and is a crafty finisher at the rim. He shoots it consistently from the 3pt line, which he can shoot either off the dribble or off the catch. The significant improvements that Griffin can make would be his decision-making on both ends; as a ball-handler and understanding of when to distribute the ball. Also, understanding his role as a defender, using his physical ability and lateral quickness to better contest shots and negate drives.
9. San Antonio Spurs
Nikola Jović | KK Mega Basket | 6'10 | F
Floor: Bojan Bogdanovic
Ceiling: Danilo Gallinari
Nikola is a prototypical modern-day forward that combines length, skill, and IQ. With a score-first mentality, especially in transition and in PnR action, he can create for himself or set up his teammates. Given that he will only be 19 years of age in his first NBA season, the upside that he can provide to a team in the immediate makes him one of the more exciting prospects of this draft.
10. Washington Wizards
Jeremy Sochan | Fr | Baylor | 6'9 | SF
Floor: Nic Batum