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2022 NBA Mock Draft: Magic can’t pass on Chet Holmgren’s skills and size after winning No. 1 pick in lottery

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Magic can't pass on Chet Holmgren's skills and size after winning No. 1 pick in lottery

Gonzaga’s big man could emerge as the clear top prospect in a loaded class


The full 2022 NBA Draft order is officially set after the lottery’s results were revealed Tuesday night in Chicago, lining up the first 14 picks and giving us for the first time a clear picture of the order for all 58 of this year’s selections just over one month away from the draft. 

There’s thus far been no consensus about which prospect will go No. 1 — or 2 or 3 or 4, for that matter — but Orlando winning the lottery means for now we’ve projected a frontcourt player in our latest mock for them. In fact, a big man represents picks No. 2 (to OKC) and No. 3 (to Houston) in this post-lottery mock.

That’s subject to change over the next few weeks as more teams dig into this class and make their final evaluations, but Gonzaga 7-footer Chet Holmgren for now remains the No. 1 projected pick after Tuesday’s lottery, followed by Jabari Smith and Paolo Banchero before Jaden Ivey — our No. 1 prospect — goes off the board at No. 4 to Sacramento.

Will that order change? In the coming weeks, that seems likely. But with the dust still settling, here’s the first stab at what all 30 picks in the first round will look like. 

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