With just over 24 hours to go before the 2022 NBA Draft, CBS Sports draft experts Kyle Boone, Gary Parrish and Matt Norlander went pick-for-pick to create a first-round mock draft. The new mock draft takes into account the most recent buzz surrounding the top prospects on the board.
The 2022 NBA Draft kicks off at 8 p.m. ET on Thursday. The latest chatter has the Orlando Magic decidedly locked in on Auburn star Jabari Smith at No. 1 overall.
ESPN hoops analyst Jay Bilas described this week why he believes Smith is the clear choice at No. 1.
“With Jabari Smith, you have somebody who compares just a little bit to Kevin Durant with his ability to shoot the ball and he’s a big-time offensive player and he can defend multiple positions,” Bilas said. “Block shots. He’s not a great offensive rebounder but as a defensive rebounder, he’s productive. I think he’s the No. 1 pick.”
That move would leave Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren to Oklahoma City and Duke forward Paolo Banchero for the Houston Rockets. There could be some surprise movement throughout the rest of the top 10, which Boone, Parrish and Norlander work out amongst themselves in their live mock.
Here are the most recent predictions from the CBS Sports crew for the highly-anticipated event.
CBS Sports: 2022 NBA Mock Draft
1) Orlando Magic — Jabari Smith, F, Auburn
2) Oklahoma City Thunder — Chet Holmgren, F, Gonzaga
3) Houston Rockets — Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
4) Sacramento Kings — Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
5) Detroit Pistons — Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
6) Indiana Pacers — Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky
7) Portland Trail Blazers — Dyson Daniels, G, G-League Ignite
8) New Orleans Pelicans — Bennedict Mathurin, F, Arizona
9) San Antonio Spurs — AJ Griffin, F, Duke
10) Washington Wizards — Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor
11) New York Knicks — Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
12) Oklahoma City Thunder — Ochai Agbaji, F, Kansas
13) Charlotte Hornets — Mark Williams, C, Duke
14) Cleveland Cavaliers — Johnny Davis, G, Wisconsin
15) Charlotte Hornets (via NO) — Jalen Williams, F, Santa Clara
16) Atlanta Hawks — Jaden Hardy, G, G-League Ignite
17) Houston Rockets — Malaki Branham, G, Ohio State
18) Chicago Bulls — EJ Liddell, F, Ohio State
19) Minnesota Timberwolves — TyTy Washington Jr, G, Kentucky
20) San Antonio Spurs (via TOR) — Walker Kessler, C, Auburn
21) Denver Nuggets — Ousmane Dieng, F, France
22) Memphis Grizzlies (via UTAH) — Dalen Terry, G, Arizona
23) Philadelphia 76ers — Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee
24) Milwaukee Bucks — Patrick Baldwin Jr., F, Milwaukee
25) San Antonio Spurs (via BOS) — Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia
26) Houston Rockets — Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame
27) Miami Heat — Andrew Nembhard, G, Gonzaga
28) Golden State Warriors — Tari Eason, F, LSU
29) Memphis Grizzlies — Christian Braun, G, Kansas
30) Denver Nuggets — Wendell Moore Jr, G, Duke