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We’re just days away from the 2022 NBA Draft, which means teams are talking, rumors are circulating and information is circulating.
There is still a lot of debate about who would pick the Orlando Magic with the No. 1 overall pick. New questions about Chet Holmgren have also surfaced.
Occupations are also discussed, starting with the Sacramento Kings at number four.
It’s not unusual to hear anything concrete before a draft week, so the next few days should contain a lot of gossip.
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Since lottery night, the rival teams have largely been predicting that the Orlando Magic would favor Jabari Smith for the number one spot. However, over the past week, we’ve heard that magic is doing its homework on Shit Holmgren. The idea that Orlando is studying him has gained momentum.
Smith also worked for the Oklahoma City Thunder and spent several days with them. This indicated that magic did not give him any guarantees about being crafted first.
Smith has also worked in Orlando.
There were also questions about Holmgren’s willingness to take a physical cardio exam and an NBA test. It’s unclear if he’s planning for specific teams or just has, but the idea that he’s trying to steer his way toward (or away from) specific teams does.
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Teams don’t expect Benedict Mathurin to overtake the New Orleans Pelicans for eighth. Most people in the league think he’ll be off the board by then at the latest.
Strong and explosive with a 6’6″ (in the shoe) and a great stroke, Mathurin supposedly looks great in a workout environment. He’s proven more than Sheldon Sharp, far more athletic than A.J. Griffin and a much more dangerous scorer/shooter than Dyson Daniels.
The Sacramento Kings, Detroit Pistons, Indiana Pacers and Portland Trail Blazers could have seen Mathurin finish 2/3. His group looks like numbers 4-7.
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With Keegan Murray, Dyson Daniels and Benedict Mathurin seemingly locked in the top eight, AJ Griffin is believed to be prone to slipping.
Although Shaedon Sharpe hasn’t played a single minute in Kentucky, most believe he offers plenty of upside for teams to pass in the Nos.6-10 range.
Meanwhile, not everyone bought into Griffin’s show more than filming. In Duke’s 39 games, he has made 38 assists, 20 steals and 53 free throw attempts. This has raised questions about his lack of explosiveness and heavier feet for creation, blowing, or defense.
While we’ve had no word on Griffin’s doctors raising red flags, he’s Injury history in high school widely known. Griffin looks on the board when picking the 11th New York Knicks is a possibility.
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Some believe that Osman Dieng is getting attention from lottery teams, and even a little drafting in the top ten.
It is seen as a high-risk and rewarding choice, so believers may see an enticing side to a group where most potential clients expect their turn.
The idea of Dieng, a 6’9″ winger with guarding skills, has always been more compelling than his production. But during the second half of his NBL season, he combined together an extended impression of scoring and shot making, leading to optimism about his development.
It looks like the closest Deng can go are the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 8 or the San Antonio Spurs at No. 9.
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Teams expect the Sacramento Kings to discuss deals until they reach fourth place.
At this point, the price of pick #4 is assumed to be steep, although it is usually days before the draw. This price is likely to decline as we approach 8pm on Thursday.
While Jaden Ivey is widely considered the fourth best prospect in the draft, the teams also say they never really expect anything when it comes to Sacramento. Sheldon Sharp is seen as a sleeper option if the Kings stay put, although it is also assumed that Keegan Murray will get attention.
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– Rival teams continue to believe Jaden Ivey is a sleeper pick for second place at the Oklahoma City Thunder, especially if Jabari Smith is first. Despite Holmgren getting attention at number one, it seems that Scouts still shared nerves about his body and limited creativity in the best selection. Nobody seems hesitant when it comes to Ivy. He wouldn’t be a perfect fit for an OKC team that already has Shay Gilgus Alexander and Josh Gedi, so the belief that he’s a second-place option may be related to some lack of confidence in Holmgren.
– Jake LaRavia has been invited back for the second multi-training practice. The assumption is that it goes somewhere in the twenties. The general consensus is that he is a very skilled and intelligent striker whose prowess checks the right boxes in the NBA today.
Andrew Nimbard could sneak into his twenties after winning teams during the NBA combine. Although it was just one melee, he easily controlled second-round odds more freely than he had in Gonzaga.
– A common belief has floor draft Johnny Davis at number 10. Most would expect the Washington Wizards to take him if he was on the board and there wasn’t another sudden fall.
Scouts expect drafting teams in their teens and twenties to make their choices available. Next year’s draft is expected to be one of the best in recent memory, so some teams that aren’t in the lottery may be casting their picks for the whole of 2022 if they can add a first player next year.
There is an assumption that Dalen Terry will be a first-round pick, as news spread about him easing concerns about his shot numbers during training. At 6’7″ with nearly 7’1″ wingspan, he’s a unique player considering the fact that he’s played the role of point guard and defends the wings. Once the big names are off the board, being unique can have added value in this draft.