Top 20 NBA Draft Prospects

The NBA Draft Lottery took place back on Tuesday, May 17. The Orlando Magic will have the number one pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. On Thursday, June 23, the 2022 NBA Draft will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It is home to the Brooklyn Nets. The stars of tomorrow will finally be on stage. There will only be two rounds in the NBA on the same night.

There will also be some crazy trades that go on that day as well. Some teams will make trades to go into win-now mode and some teams will make trades to clear up space for potentially free agency or make trades just for the sake of making them. Who are potentially the top 20 prospect in the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft?

1.Name: Chet Holmgren

Height: 7’0″

Weight: 195 lbs

College: Gonzaga

Year: Freshman

Position: Center

Age: 20

Stats: 32 games, 14.1 PPG, 9.9 RPG, 1.9 APG, 3.7 BPG, and 0.8 SPG.

Scouting Report: He has tons of upside and offensive talent. Chet Holmgren is going to need some work in the weight room in order to get bigger and stronger. He has the potential to be one of the best big men in the NBA in a few years from now and can go number one overall in the 2022 NBA Draft.

NBA Comp: Dirk Nowitzki

2. Name: Jabari Smith Jr.

Height: 6’10”

Weight: 220 lbs

College: Auburn

Year: Freshman

Position: Power Forward

Age: 19

Stats: 34 games, 16.9 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 2.0 APG, 1.0 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.

Scouting Report: He is a versatile wing and the NBA needs players who can be a 3 and D wing. Jabari Smith Jr. should be a top-two pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. If he doesn’t go number one to the Orlando Magic, Smith Jr. would be a nice piece for the Oklahoma City Thunder at number two.

NBA Comp: Rashard Lewis

3. Name: Paolo Banchero

Height: 6’10”

Weight: 250 lbs

College: Duke

Year: Freshman

Position: Power Forward

Age: 19

Stats: 39 games, 17.2 PPG, 7.8 RPG, 3.2 APG, 0.9 BPG, and 1.1 SPG.

Scouting Report: Banchero might be the readiest player to play in the NBA in the 2022 NBA Draft. He has very good IQ and has ability to take over basketball games. Paolo Banchero can be a future number one option.

NBA Comp: Chris Webber

4. Name: Jaden Ivey

Height: 6’4″

Weight: 200 lbs

College: Purdue

Year: Sophomore

Position: Point/Shooting Guard

Age: 20

Stats: 36 games, 17.3 PPG, 4.9 RPG, 3.1 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.9 SPG.

Scouting Report: He is a prolific scorer and has the ability to take over basketball games. Jaden Ivey has streaks of being either hot or cold. Ivey will be a very good guard in the NBA and can create shots off the dribble.

NBA Comp: Ja Morant

5. Name: Shaedon Sharpe

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 198 lbs

College: Kentucky

Year: Freshman

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 18

Stats: N/A

Scouting Report: He is one of the biggest mysteries in the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft. Sharpe has the talent to be one of the best players in this draft offensively. Shaedon Sharpe has not played in over a year due to injury.

NBA Comp: Brandon Roy

6. Name: Keegan Murray

Height: 6’8″

Weight: 215 lbs

College: Iowa

Year: Sophomore

Position: Power Forward

Age: 21

Stats: 35 games, 23.5 PPG, 8.7 RPG, 1.5 APG, 1.9 BPG, and 1.3 SPG.

Scouting Report: Keegan Murray has an NBA-ready skill set. He is a very versatile wing defender, who is an elite three-point shooter (39.8%) from downtown. Murray can be a top-five pick but will fall no later than the seventh selection.

NBA Comp: Pascal Siakam

7. Name: Johnny Davis

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 195 lbs

College: Wisconsin

Year: Sophomore

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 20

Stats: 31 games, 19.7 PPG, 8.2 RPG, 2.1 APG, 0.7 BPG, and 1.2 SPG.

Scouting Report: He has a very high floor and can be a solid scorer in the NBA. Johnny Davis is also very solid on the defensive end of the basketball floor. Davis can contribute right away in the NBA.

NBA Comp: Manu Ginobili

8. Name: Jalen Duran

Height: 6’11”

Weight: 250 lbs

College: Memphis

Year: Freshman

Position: Center

Age: 18

Stats: 29 games, 12.0 PPG, 8.1 RPG, 1.3 APG, 2.1 BPG, and 0.8 SPG.

Scouting Report: He has great long-term upside at the center position. Duran could be one of those centers than can dominate basketball games in the future with scoring 20 points and grabbing 15 rebounds every single night. Jalen Duran is one of the raw prospects in the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft.

NBA Comp: Dwight Howard

9. Name: Dyson Daniels

Height: 6’7″

Weight: 195 lbs

College: G-League Ignite (Australia)

Year: N/A

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 19

Stats: 15 games, 11.9 PPG, 5.7 DRPG, 1.7 ORPG, 5.1 APG, 0.7 BPG, and 2.1 SPG.

Scouting Report: He is a standout defender on the perimeter and the NBA is a three-point league these days. Daniels can be a very good scorer in the NBA as well. Dyson Daniels could be a future starter at the next level.

NBA Comp: N/A

10. Name: Jeremy Sochan

Height: 6’9″

Weight: 230 lbs

College: Baylor

Year: Freshman

Position: Power Forward

Age: 19

Stats: 30 games, 9.2 PPG, 6.4 RPG, 1.8 APG, 0.7 BPG, and 1.3 SPG.

Scouting Report: He has a nice skillset in the frontcourt. Sochan has a lot of raw potential. Jeremy Sochan is one of the more intriguing prospects in the upcoming 2022 NBA Draft here also.

NBA Comp: Chuma Okeke

11. Name: Adrian Griffin Jr.

Height: 6’6″

Weight: 200 lbs

College: Duke

Year: Freshman

Position: Small Forward

Age: 18

Stats: 39 games, 10.4 PPG, 3.9 RPG, 1.0 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.5 SPG.

Scouting Report: He has major health concerns, but is also a very talented wing player. The NBA has transitioned into a wing league and Adrian Griffin Jr. could be a good fit somewhere. Griffin Jr. has good potential in the NBA if he can stay healthy though however.

NBA Comp: Jimmy Butler

12. Name: Bennedict Mathurin

Height: 6’6″

Weight: 210 lbs

College: Arizona

Year: Sophomore

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 19

Stats: 37 games, 17.7 PPG, 5.6 RPG, 2.5 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 1.0 SPG.

Scouting Report: He can be an instant scorer at the NBA level. Bennedict Mathurin needs some work on his defense. Mathurin will be one of those electrifying scorers in the NBA at the next level.

NBA Comp: Quentin Richardson

13. Name: Mark Williams

Height: 7’2″

Weight: 242 lbs

College: Duke

Year: Sophomore

Position: Center

Age: 20

Stats: 39 games, 11.2 PPG, 7.4 RPG, 0.9 APG, 2.8 BPG, and 0.5 SPG.

Scouting Report: A defensive-minded center, who will be an elite rim protector in the NBA. He is raw at the moment but will be an effective rebounder at the next level. Mark Williams can go higher than the teens and Williams may be happy with that.

NBA Comp: DeAndre Jordan

14. Name: Malaki Branham

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 180 lbs

College: Ohio State

Year: Freshman

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 20

Stats: 32 games, 13.7 PPG, 3.6 RPG, 2.0 APG, 0.3 BPG, and 0.7 SPG.

Scouting Report: He has looked good during the pre-draft process. Malaki Branham is working his way up the NBA Draft boards. Branham was supposed to go later in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft but has worked hard to get here.

NBA Comp: Calbert Cheaney

15. Name: Ousmane Dieng

Height: 6’9″

Weight: 185 lbs

College: New Zealand Breakers (France)

Year: N/A

Position: Small Forward

Age: 19

Stats: N/A

Scouting Report: He needs to work on his three-point shot and has a lot of high upside with raw talent right now. Dieng is a complete wild card in the 2022 NBA Draft. It will be interesting to see which NBA team decides to take a chance on Ousmane Dieng.

NBA Comp: Kyle Anderson

16. Name: Ochai Agbaji

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 217 lbs

College: Kansas

Year: Senior

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 22

Stats: 39 games, 18.8 PPG, 5.1 RPG, 1.6 APG, 0.6 BPG, and 0.9 SPG.

Scouting Report: He is a well-built athlete, who helped Kansas win a National Championship for the first time since 2008 against North Carolina. Agbaji is a leader and can help on the wing. Ochai Agbaji will develop into a better defender at the next level and can also consistently score on a night-to-night basis.

NBA Comp: Felipe Lopez

17. Name: TyTy Washington

Height: 6’3″

Weight: 180 lbs

College: Kentucky

Year: Freshman

Position: Point Guard

Age: 20

Stats: 31 games, 12.5 PPG, 3.5 RPG, 3.9 APG, 0.2 BPG, and 1.3 SPG.

Scouting Report: He was supposed to be a Top 10 pick, but TyTy Washington has slipped due to injury and also his play late in the season. Washington has the talent to be one of the better players in this NBA Draft. The question is how much does NBA teams value his talent and upside though?

NBA Comp: Brandon Knight

18. Name: Tari Eason

Height: 6’8″

Weight: 217 lbs

College: LSU

Year: Sophomore

Position: Small Forward

Age: 21

Stats: 33 games, 16.9 PPG, 6.6 RPG, 1.0 APG, 1.1 BPG, and 1.9 SPG.

Scouting Report: He is a very long, athletic, and versatile playmaker who can defend all five positions. Eason is going to be a very valuable role player in the NBA. Tari Eason was one of the best players on LSU this past season.

NBA Comp: OG Anunoby

19. Name: Jalen Williams

Height: 6’5″

Weight: 209 lbs

College: Santa Clara

Year: Junior

Position: Shooting Guard

Age: 21

Stats: 33 games, 18.0 PPG, 4.4 RPG, 4.2 APG, 0.5 BPG, and 1.2 SPG.

Scouting Report: He had a great NBA Draft scouting combine. Williams has been working his way up the 2022 NBA Draft boards. Jalen Williams can be a prolific scorer in the NBA at the next level.

NBA Comp: N/A

20. Name: Nikola Jovic

Height: 6’11”

Weight: 223 lbs

College: Serbia

Year: N/A

Position: Power Forward

Age: 18

Stats: N/A

Scouting Report: He can score inside and outside. Nikola Jovic has great court vision and basketball IQ. Jovic could be a steal for some team in the 2022 NBA Draft.

NBA Comp: Billy Owens

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