We’ve reached the stretch run of the NBA Draft process. The withdrawal deadline is behind us, the lottery and Combine are complete, and pre-draft prep for teams via interviews and workouts are nearly finished. Nearly.
But with just over one week until the draft, there’s still much prognostication to be done. Which means it’s time to fully lean into our mock and project — for the first time all cycle — what we think teams will do now that we have a full picture of the class by taking into account fit, talent, rumored landing spots and more.
This version of our NBA Mock Draft below is our most extensive to date, featuring all 58 picks (that’s right: 58, not 60 due to Miami and Milwaukee forfeiting their second-round picks) for the 2022 NBA Draft. It also accounts primarily for team need, in contrast to our Big Board Top 100 rankings. The mock below is comprised almost exclusively based on what we think teams will do — not what we would do.
You’ll notice below the top of the order has mostly stagnated with Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jaden Ivey — the top four players in the class — falling into order Nos. 1-4. At No. 5 is where the draft gets fun, though, and with the Pistons picking, we’re projecting a new name there. As a result, Shaedon Sharpe, the mystery man who we once projected at No. 5, slips a bit as teams continue to dig into his game after not seeing him in a competitive environment all last season. Sticking with the theme surrounding Sharpe the last few months, he remains one of the draft’s most polarizing talents. Seeing him go top five or falling out of the top 10 both seem reasonable draft night outcomes. We’ve split the difference below.