Draft day is finally here. After years of evaluating the prospects in this class, the 2022 NBA Draft has arrived with plenty of uncertainty throughout the first round. The Orlando Magic are on the clock at No. 1 overall. The expectation has been that Orlando will select Auburn forward Jabari Smith Jr. with the top pick, and that is becoming more likely as the draft approaches..

Before we get to the mock draft, we’re going to reheat all of the draft coverage we’ve done throughout this cycle. Read our top-60 draft board here. Check out our piece on why Duke forward Paolo Banchero is the best player in the class. Here’s our case for why Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren is our No. 2 overall player. We did a comprehensive scouting report on our No. 3 overall player Jaden Ivey. We also did a scouting report on Shaedon Sharpe, and a feature on the rise and fall of Patrick Baldwin Jr. as a top draft prospect. Oh yeah, we already published a breakdown on the top player in the 2023 NBA Draft, French big man Victor Wembanyama, who might be the best prospect since LeBron.

Here’s our final mock draft. We’ll have news and rumors after the table.

NBA mock draft 2022: Final draft day first round picks

PickTeamPlayerFromPositionAge
PickTeamPlayerFromPositionAge
1Orlando MagicJabari Smith Jr.AuburnForward/BigFreshman
2Oklahoma City ThunderChet HolmgrenGonzagaForward/BigFreshman
3 Houston RocketsPaolo BancheroDukeForwardFreshman
4Sacramento KingsKeegan MurrayIowaForwardSophomore
5Detroit PistonsJaden IveyPurdueGuardSophomore
6Indiana PacersBennedict MathurinArizonaGuardSophomore
7Portland Trail BlazersDyson DanielsG LeagueWingBorn 2003
8New Orleans PelicansShaedon SharpeKentuckyGuardFreshman
9San Antonio SpursJalen DurenMemphisCenterFreshman
10Washington WizardsJohnny DavisWisconsinGuardSophomore
11New York KnicksAJ GriffinDukeWingFreshman
12Oklahoma City ThunderOusmane DiengFranceForwardBorn 2003
13Charlotte HornetsJeremy SochanBaylorForwardFreshman
14Cleveland CavaliersMalaki BranhamOhio StateGuardFreshman
15Charlotte HornetsMark WilliamsDukeCenterFreshman
16Atlanta HawksOchai AgbajiKansasWingSenior
17 Houston RocketsTari EasonLSUForwardSophomore
18Chicago BullsJalen WilliamsSanta ClaraGuardJunior
19Minnesota TimberwolvesTyTy WashingtonKentuckyGuardFreshman
20San Antonio SpursNikola JovicSerbiaForwardBorn 2003
21Denver NuggetsEJ LiddellOhio StateForwardJunior
22Memphis GrizzliesBlake WesleyNotre DameGuardFreshman
23Philadelphia 76ersMarJon BeauchampG LeagueWingBorn 2000
24Milwaukee BucksWalker KesslerAuburnCenterSophomore
25San Antonio Spurs (via Celtics)Jaden HardyG LeagueGuardBorn 2002
26Houston RocketsDalen TerryArizonaGuardSophomore
27Miami HeatKennedy ChandlerTennesseeGuardFreshman
28Golden State WarriorsPatrick Baldwin Jr.MilwaukeeForwardFreshman
29Memphis GrizzliesJake LaRaviaWake ForestForwardJunior
30Denver NuggetsChristian BraunKansasGuardJunior

Latest NBA Draft and trade rumors

Here’s the latest rumors regarding the draft. We’ll try to keep this section updated through the day.

The top-3 of the 2022 NBA Draft appears to be set

As team boards finalize today, the 1-2-3 of the NBA Draft is increasingly firm, per sources: Jabari Smith to Orlando, Chet Holmgren to Oklahoma City and Paolo Banchero to Houston.

— Adrian Wojnarowski (@wojespn) June 23, 2022

The Pelicans are tempted to take Ousmane Dieng at No. 8

ESPN’s Jonathan Givony has Dieng at No. 8 to the Pelicans in his latest mock draft. Dieng reportedly wowed Pelicans brass in a workout, and will earn serious consideration for the pick.

The Kings like Keegan Murray at No. 4, but Jaden Ivey is still in play

Jaden Ivey is widely considered to be a top-four prospect in this class, but Sacramento apparently has its eyes on Iowa forward Keegan Murray. The team reportedly set up a dinner between Murray, Domantas Sabonis, and De’Aaron Fox, per Yahoo’s Chris Haynes. It was previously reported that Kings owner Vivek Ranadive likes Murray, and Ivey doesn’t love his fit in Sacramento.

Jerami Grant traded from Pistons to Trail Blazers

All it cost Portland was Milwaukee’s 2025 first round pick. It feels like a big win for the Blazers to pick-up a two-way veteran wing for such a low price. Meanwhile, Detroit is clearing out cap space to possibly make a run at Deandre Ayton. Read SB Nation’s coverage of the deal below:

The Trail Blazers are offering No. 7 to the Raptors for OG Anunoby

Portland Trail Blazers are in pursuit of Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby with the No. 7 pick in Thursday’s draft in play, league sources tell @YahooSports.

— Chris Haynes (@ChrisBHaynes) June 22, 2022

This is a no-brainer offer for Portland. It would be surprising if Toronto actually accepted it.

The Hawks and Spurs are talking about a Dejounte Murray trade

San Antonio is asking for a “Jrue Holiday-like package” in return for Murray, per Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer. The Bucks traded three first round picks for Holiday in 2020.

Malcolm Brogdon is very available

The Pacers plan to reshape their roster and move towards a rebuild under Rick Carlisle, per @wojespn. Indiana likes multiple prospects in the late-lottery in hopes of adding another pick.

Malcolm Brogdon will be moved, and they may wait to find better offers on Myles Turner.

— Evan Sidery (@esidery) June 22, 2022

Who wants Malcolm Brogdon? The Pacers are searching for additional picks throughout the first round, according to Woj.

Myles Turner suitors include Timberwolves, Raptors, and Hornets

That’s from Jake Fischer at B/R.

The Hawks want to trade John Collins

One thing that is certain: the Atlanta Hawks, sources say, are operating with the goal of trading John Collins before Thursday night gets underway. https://t.co/a6TWhJk13S

— Jake Fischer (@JakeLFischer) June 22, 2022

The Bulls are shopping No. 18 + Coby White

Chicago is exploring the trade market because they don’t love their options with the pick, per Givony.

How to watch the 2022 NBA Draft

  • Date: Thursday, June 23, 2022
  • Time: 8:00 pm ET
  • TV: ESPN
  • Stream: WatchESPN

We’ll update his section with major rumors throughout the day. Here’s a final link to all of our draft coverage this year.

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