In his article about the 2022 NBA Draft Combine, Jeremy Woo of Sports Illustrated says that while some rival teams think the Thunder will pick Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren No. 2, he’s heard “quite a few educated theories” that they might favor Duke’s Paolo Banchero instead — assuming the Magic take Auburn’s Jabari Smith No. 1, which isn’t a given.
Banchero is more physically ready for the NBA than Holmgren and has displayed impressive perimeter skills and passing for a power forward, but Oklahoma City plays its cards close to the vest, so don’t expect to know which player the Thunder will wind up picking until draft night, Woo writes.
Within the same piece, Woo says Shaedon Sharpe, who’s considered a wild card in the lottery due to not playing at all for Kentucky, is a near-certainty to be picked in the top five or six, as his “unusual talent and athletic ability has successfully captured the attention of the entire NBA this week.”
Woo also lists a handful of scrimmage standouts from Thursday who may have boosted their draft stocks, including North Carolina State’s Terquavion Smith, Santa Clara’s Jalen Williams, and Purdue’s Trevion Williams, among others.
Here are some more draft-related notes:
- Within his aggregate mock draft, HoopsHype’s Michael Scotto says rival executives believe the Hornets and Timberwolves are among the teams who might be draft traders. Charlotte controls the 13th, 15th and 45th picks, while Minnesota holds the 19th, 40th, 48th and 50th picks.
- Three juniors, Indiana’s Trayce Jackson-Davis, Dayton’s Toumani Camara and Saint Louis’ Yuri Collins, are withdrawing from the draft and returning to their respective schools, according to Jon Rothstein of CBS Sports (All Twitter links). Jackson-Davis had a strong season for the Hoosiers in 2021/22, averaging 18.3 points, 8.1 rebounds and 2.3 blocks. However, he tested positive for COVID-19 and was unable to attend the combine, which may have contributed to his decision. He’s ranked No. 66 on ESPN’s big board, while Camara and Collins are unranked.
- Souley Boum has also withdrawn from the draft, as Rothstein relays (via Twitter). Boum played for UTEP last season, averaging 19.8 points, 4.5 rebounds, 2.9 assists and 1.8 steals, but will transfer to Xavier for his final collegiate season.
17 thoughts on “Draft Notes: Combine, Draft Traders, Withdrawals”
Shaedon Sharpe might just be beginning his pro career but his publicist is def in their prime
Magic and Thunder are going to hook the fish
Magic and Thunder won’t take Rockets current players but next year draft picks
#3 and next year protected pick to trade up
#4-7 and picks to trade up
Warriors are on rebuild mode
Draft traders would be wise to make trade with rebuilding team Warriors
Lakers and Nets are not rebuild teams because they don’t have valuable young players
Warriors are in rebuild mode? They’re in the West finals. Lol
I always thought that account was a bot.
Banchero looks like an offensive superstar. People saying his “weak” defence has pushed him down to #3 compare to Chet&Smith but he still averaged 1 block and 1 steal per game(hardly poor) He will set the league in fire.
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D is about a lot more than steals and blocks. Case in point – in 14 seasons, Rodman never averaged a steal per game. He never averaged a block per game.
Plenty of players sell out for steals in passing lanes, and over rotate to try and get blocks.
@Cam I agree, I’m simply pointing that the stats coupled with the games he’s played. He isn’t bad at D just not as good as the others. But his offence more than makes up.
I’m pretty conflicted between extreme viewpoints on Banchero. Smith & Murray will be basic good & useful, and Holmgren will will be a stable Porzingis and Sharpe a steady JalenGreen and Ivey a phenom and Mathurin a shooter.
Banchero picks his spots like a big ex-QB will do.
Thunder already have a “Chet” type in Poku. (A tall lanky dude that can shoot but lacks muscle and will take years to develop) with that said Chet is miles ahead of Poku in talent so there’s that. (In no way am I equating them talent wise.)
I hope like he’ll Orlando takes Chet and OKC gets their choice of Jabari or Paolo. If Orlando does take Jabari, then hopefully OKC wants Banchero. I wouldn’t even be upset if they took Sharpe to run the back court with Giddey but OKCs biggest need is a big that can score. (I’d even offer pick 30 with pick 2 to swap with Orlando if they had any desire to do it…but i bet they want 12 and that’s not worth it.)
Poku is terrible. Doubt they pass on someone for Poku…
Agreed….why I don’t want another player resembling him.
Imo OKC is best place for Holmgren. He can take his time to develop. And gain the weight and muscle needed. He will pay high dividends if you are patient and work with him. He is a true center. A high IQ center in the mold of Jokic.
But do you really pass on Smith or Banchero. These are can’t miss new school 4s. Both are more NBA ready than Holmgren.
Best thing that can happen to Houston. Is OKC taking Holmgren. Then it’s a no-brainer for them.
Magic are taking Smith, maybe Banchero. There is no way they are passing on both these guys.
God I hope not….
Mark Williams is the best player in the draft.
I cant see passing on Smith at one but I cant see passing on Williams or Sharpe with the second and third picks.