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
Ceiling: Boris Diaw
Jeremy is constantly moving without the ball, finding open space for a high-quality shot behind the defense. He is also active on the offensive boards securing extra possessions and second-chance opportunities. If he can add a consistent catch-and-shoot 3pt shot, it would open a driving lane for him and set up play-making opportunities for others. His most significant skill is his defensive versatility; he can switch 2-5 and impact the game from that end of the floor.
11. New York Knicks
Jalen Duren | Fr | Memphis | 6'11 | PF
Floor: Robert Williams
Ceiling: Deandre Jordan
Jalen can bang on the boards for rebounds and helps his team gain second chance opportunities. He is a lob threat in the half-court or transition; his athleticism, long arms, and strong frame make him a tough cover. On the opposite side of the court, utilizing the same skills previously mentioned, he can protect the rim, rebound at a high clip and switch out on the perimeter. The sky is the limit if he can play with a consistent motor.
12. Oklahoma City Thunder
Malaki Branham | Fr | Ohio State | 6'5 | SG
Floor: Caris LeVert
Ceiling: Khris Middleton
Malaki has good positional size and length to play on the wing; he finishes well around the rim and shoots it well from behind the 3pt line. He is a willing passer and does a good job defending the perimeter, moving his feet, and contesting jumpers. He needs to improve his handle and start mixing it up on the interior for rebounds.
13. Charlotte Hornets
Mark Williams | So | Duke | 7'0 | C
Floor: Nerlins Noel
Ceiling: Clint Capela
Mark runs the floor well, filling the lanes or rim, running down the middle of the court, and regularly beating his defender to the paint. He finishes well in and around the lane as a roller in PnR action. He also thrives as a rim protector, challenging and altering shots. He is active on the glass, securing extra possessions on the offensive end and igniting the fastbreak on the defensive end.
14. Cleveland Cavaliers
Dyson Daniels | G-League Ignite | 6'6 | PG
Floor: Tyreke Evans
Ceiling: Dejounte Murray
Dyson is a big lead guard that has the ability to finish in and around the lane with floaters and mid-range jumpers. He also can be a playmaker for his teammates, drawing attention in the lane and kicking out easy open attempts. He needs to improve his shot from behind the 3pt line and become more engaged on the defensive end.
15. Charlotte Hornets
Tari Eason | So | LSU | 6'8 | PF
Floor: Micheal Kidd-Gilchrist
Ceiling: Jonathan Issac
Tari is a slasher that can get downhill in a hurry off pin-downs and perimeter swings attacking the closeout; he finishes well around the rim and is active on the offensive boards. He needs to improve his handle and pace as he seems to be playing at 100mph. He also must improve his rebounding numbers, considering he averages only 6.3 for his career.
16. Atlanta Hawks
Johnny Davis | So |Wisconsin | 6'5 | SG
Floor: Malcolm Brogdon
Ceiling: Bradley Beal
Johnny is a traditional shooting guard who doesn't rely on the 3pt shot for most of his attempts. He likes to get downhill or go to the mid-post, where he is comfortable for mid-range attempts. He has to extend his range as a shooter for no reason other than to keep the defense honest he also needs to improve his lateral quickness so he can stay in front of smaller guards.
17. Houston Rockets
Wendell Moore Jr. | So | Duke | 6'6 | SF
Floor: Isaac Okoro
Ceiling: Gary Trent Jr.
Moore is an intriguing forward with a combination of wingspan, 3pt shooting, strength, and court vision. He needs to improve athletically; being more explosive on both ends of the floor and staying locked in on defense assignments will increase his chances of staying on the court.
18. Chicago Bulls
Walker Kessler | So | Auburn | 7'0 | C
Floor: Jakob Poeltl
Ceiling: Brook Lopez
Walker is one of the best rim protectors in the draft; he has good instincts blocking shots and regularly keeps the ball in play. He runs the floor well, leading to high percentage dunks and layup opportunities in transition. He can operate in PnR action; as the roll man, he has good hands allowing him to catch tough passes and finish in traffic at the rim. If he can find his shooting stroke, he'd be the still of the draft.
19. Minnesota Timberwolves
E.J. Liddell | Jr | Ohio State | 6'8 | F
Floor: Ryan Gomes
Ceiling: Paul Milsap
EJ is an undersized PF that is a load to handle on the block; he can score over either shoulder, has a mid-range jumper, and has good vision when doubles come. He is an active rebounder using a motor to secure boards on both ends. He has range from behind the 3pt line in PnP action or as a trailer at the top of the key. He, unfortunately, lacks elite athleticism and size, which puts him at a disadvantage with bigger athletes.
20. San Antonio Spurs
Jabari Walker | So | Colorado | 6'9 | F
Floor: Corey Brewer
Ceiling: Marvin Williams
Walker plays with a high motor and is a great rebounder. He crashes the glass on both ends of the court and constantly runs the floor looking for easy transition buckets. He has a solid three-point shot that has to be respected by defenses. He needs to refine his half-court skills as he is a limited playmaker who does not have a reliable post-game or mid-range shot.
21. Denver Nuggets
TyTy Washington | Fr | Kentucky | 6'3 | PG
Floor: Tyus Jones
Ceiling: D'Angelo Russell
TyTy has good touch in and around the lane, which allows him to finish with an array of runners and floaters; he also has a decent stroke from the mid-range as well. He is a willing passer in PnR and drive & kick action. He needs to improve his pace of play as everything seems to be full speed; he also must work on his shot selection as he tends to force shots. He also is a below-average athlete, which is the cause for his shot getting blocked in the lane.
22. Memphis Grizzlies
Justin Lewis | So | Marquette | 6'7 | PF
Floor: Demarre Carrol
Ceiling: P.J. Tucker
Justin is a much-improved shooter from the 3pt line and is active in transition filling the lanes and rim running. He utilizes this improved shooting to set up straight-line drive opportunities. He is also a solid defender on the interior and perimeter, using his length and athleticism. He must improve his ability to finish in the lane with his left hand, as his right-hand dominance will be on the scouting report.
23. Philadelphia 76'ers