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2022 NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Smith No. 1 ahead of Chet Holmgren; Dyson Daniels, Dalen Terry on the rise

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Smith No. 1 ahead of Chet Holmgren; Dyson Daniels, Dalen Terry on the rise

Mock Draft season is coming to a close, and there have been some significant changes

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Well, folks, the fateful day is rapidly approaching. Soon we’ll find out where all of these coveted NBA Draft prospects that we’ve learned so much about over the past year will finally call home. Obviously most of the intrigue surrounds the top three players, Jabari Smith Jr., Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero, but this is a deep draft with potential impact players throughout.

This is my final mock draft, and it went differently than I expected. I often found myself straying from my prospect rankings because the fit just didn’t seem right. For example, I rate TyTy Washington much higher than No. 16, but it just didn’t make sense for a lot of teams above that to draft a guard with his skill set. That’s what makes the draft so interesting — the best player isn’t always the right player. As we just saw with the likes of Andrew Wiggins in the NBA Finals, fit is everything.

In terms of players whose stock has improved, I have Dyson Daniels, Jeremy Sochan and Dalen Terry jumping significantly from my previous mock draft. I also consistently have Blake Wesley higher than most other mocks that I’ve seen. But alas, there’s no more time for tweaking. This is the final version, like it or not, and we’ll see how close it is to the truth on Thursday.

Happy Draft Day, everyone.

Eye On College Basketball

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