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2022 NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Smith goes first to Magic, Shaedon Sharpe drops to Spurs

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Smith goes first to Magic, Shaedon Sharpe drops to Spurs

Ameer Tyree releases his final mock ahead of Thursday’s 2022 NBA Draft

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The 2022 NBA Draft is here and teams are gearing up to build their rosters for the 2022-23 season. There’s no telling what kind of moves will be made before or after the event’s 8 p.m. ET start time, but we have a general idea about the big three who’ve been identified as the top prospects from the very start. I’ll go over my final mock draft here ahead of the action.

I didn’t stray from what most analysts expect to happen in the first three picks, but I think things could get very interesting inside the top 10. I’m not particularly high on Ousmane Dieng, but I expect a team to reach for him earlier than expected because of his perceived ceiling and the success of recent international prospects coming from the NBL. He’s the most notable surprise inside the lottery, and I’m also lower on a few big-name prospects.

Shaedon Sharpe, A.J. Griffin, and Jeremy Sochan stood out as names that seemed susceptible to go later for various reasons. Sharpe’s inexperience could cause those who want to win soon to shy away. Griffin’s defense and health appeared to cause concern in some circles, while Sochan might just not be the right fit inside the top 10 after three more well-rounded power forwards are off the board. We’ll have to wait and see how that pans out.

Take a look at the rest of my mock here.

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