The Orlando Magic had the possibility to regulate their very own future and took an surprising activate Friday, drafting Duke College’s Paolo Banchero with the primary general choose.
ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski had reported early Friday morning that the highest three picks had been anticipated to go as deliberate, with the Magic choosing US faculty star Jabari Smith.
As a substitute, the Magic went for Banchero in a transfer that Wojnarowski described as “one of many nice stealth operations” and reported would see “all people’s draft boards blown up”.
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Banchero averaged 17.2 factors whereas taking Duke to the Closing 4, though apparently experiences emerged earlier within the week that he had regularly pushed again exercises scheduled with the Magic.
“If Paolo felt he had an opportunity to go one, he wouldn’t have pushed again his exercise with Orlando many times and once more,” draft skilled Jonathan Givony mentioned on The Lowe Submit.
Bleacher Report’s Jake Fischer tweeted that Banchero had a scheduled go to to Orlando on Tuesday [AEST] however cancelled it too, ultimately getting on the cellphone with the Magic as a substitute.
Gonzaga College’s Chet Holmgren, who stands an imposing 7ft tall, was taken by the Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder with the second general choose.
He’ll be part of the Thunder as Australian Josh Giddey’s new teammate in Oklahoma Metropolis’s rebuild.
“I really feel like I might slot in with nearly anyone,” Holmgren mentioned earlier within the week.
“However particularly a degree guard like Josh Giddey… he would make life simple for me. With Shai, he doesn’t want any assist from anyone. He’s a hell of a participant.”
As for the 19-year-old Smith, who excelled for Auburn College’s Tigers this yr throughout his solely season as a school participant, he was taken with the third choose by the Houston Rockets.
Elsewhere, regardless of hypothesis they might commerce right down to get a veteran, the Sacramento Kings used their fourth choose to draft Iowa’s Keegan Murray.
Jaden Ivey, who averaged 17.3 factors per recreation for Purdue, was taken by the Detroit Pistons with the fifth choose.
From an Australian perspective, all eyes had been on Dyson Daniels and whereas he was an opportunity of going to the Indiana Pacers with the sixth choose, they as a substitute went for Bennedict Mathurin.
Daniels was a powerful probability of going to Portland to hitch Damian Lillard however the Blazers as a substitute took a raffle on the largest thriller of the draft — Shaedon Sharpe.
As a substitute, Daniels will go to the New Orleans Pelicans after being drafted with the eighth general choose.
Daniels has the flexibility to protect 4 of 5 positions and is a real two-way menace who will add to the core trio of Zion Williamson, Brandon Ingram and CJ McCollum.
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2022 NBA Draft order
1. Orlando Magic — Paolo Banchero
2. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder — Chet Holmgren
3. Houston Rockets — Jabari Smith
4. Sacramento Kings — Keegan Murray
5. Detroit Pistons — Jaden Ivey
6. Indiana Pacers — Bennedict Mathurin
7. Portland Path Blazers — Shaedon Sharpe
8. New Orleans Pelicans (from Los Angeles Lakers) — Dyson Daniels
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Washington Wizards
11. New York Knicks
12. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder (from Los Angeles Clippers)
13. Charlotte Hornets
14. Cleveland Cavaliers
15. Charlotte Hornets (from New Orleans)
16. Atlanta Hawks
17. Houston Rockets (from Brooklyn)
18. Chicago Bulls
19. Minnesota Timberwolves
20. San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto)
21. Denver Nuggets
22. Memphis Grizzlies (from Utah)
23. Philadelphia 76ers
24. Milwaukee Bucks
25. San Antonio Spurs (from Boston)
26. Houston Rockets (from Dallas)
27. Miami Warmth
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Memphis Grizzlies
30. Denver Nuggets (from Oklahoma Metropolis)
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