There’s only one way to enjoy the 2022 NBA Draft — expect the unexpected.
At the last minute, Paolo Banchero ended up being the No. 1 overall pick to the Orlando Magic. Chet Holmgren went to the Thunder and Jabari Smith who was the odds-on favorite to be the first off the board fell to the Rockets at No. 3.
The Kings opted for Iowa standout Keegan Murray and Detroit landed a perfect backcourt mate for Cade Cunningham with Jaden Ivey at No. 5.
The Bulls took the biggest swing by selecting Dalen Terry who was ranked No. 31 according to the Sporting News’ big board.
For the complete list of the draft see the live draft track here.
For the best available remaining players in the 2022 NBA Draft check out the big board according to TSN’s Kyle Irving.
NBA Draft prospects 2022: Best players still available in Round 1
The rankings below reflect original positions on Sporting News’ big board of top 60 overall players. All analysis is from TSN’s Kyle Irving.
Tier 1: The Big Four
1. Paolo Banchero, F, Duke (6-10, 235 lbs)
While he likely won’t go first or second, Irving has Banchero as the number one player on his big board.
From Irving’s evaluation:
At 6-10, 235 pounds, he has the perfect blend of an NBA-ready body and polished skill set, able to create his own shot and make plays for others. Banchero is a matchup nightmare with the potential to play the five in today’s evolving outside-in NBA.
His biggest question mark is on the defensive end of the floor. If he can lock in to become a two-way player, Banchero has every opportunity to become a big-time star.
Tier 2: Likely top-10 picks
5. Keegan Murray, F, Iowa (6-8, 215 lbs)
Irving has Murray as the headliner of this tier. Murray will certainly be in play for the likes of the Kings, Pistons or Pacers when they’re on the clock. Murray has the skill set to fit in any system and could be a plus defender on day one in the NBA.
6. Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky (6-6, 200 lbs)
Sharpe may be the biggest question mark in the draft but his tools and skills are hard to deny. Irving likens Sharpe to last year’s No. 2 overall pick Jalen Green. Sharpe could end up being a bucket early in his NBA tenure.
7. Dyson Daniels, G, G League Ignite (6-6, 180 lbs)
Irving calls Daniels the prospect who could be the best perimeter defender in the class. Length, energy, size and a year of seasoning with the G League Ignite could help Daniels come off the board early.
Tier 3: Rounding out the lottery
10. Johnny Davis, G, Wisconsin (6-5, 194 lbs)
We’ll see the Taco Bell commercial featuring Davis quite a few times on ESPN tonight. Irving believes he can end up being a high-end role player on a championship team one day. Whoever selects Davis seems to be getting a ready-made pro.
13. Mark Williams, C, Duke (7-0, 245 lbs)
Irving likens Williams to Cavs big man Jarrett Allen, who is coming off a year where he was named an All-Star. There will be some interesting teams around this section of the draft who may be rushing to the podium with the Duke big man’s name on a draft card.
14. Malaki Branham, F, Ohio State (6-5, 180 lbs)
Khris Middleton may be the most underrated player in the NBA today. Does that mean Branham is the most underrated prospect in the draft? The Ohio State wing was a late riser but could be the best scorer in this class.
Tier 4: Mid-to-late first-rounders
TyTy Washington, Nikola Jovic, Jaden Hardy and E.J. Liddell are names NBA fans are likely going to be accustomed to hearing next season. The mid-to-late tier on Irving’s big board could have the league’s next diamond in the rough.
|18.||Jaden Hardy||G||19||–||6-4, 185 lbs.||G League Ignite||Jordan Poole|
|E.J. Liddell||F||21||JR||6-7, 240 lbs.||Ohio State||P.J. Tucker|
|21.||Kennedy Chandler||G||19||FR||6-0, 170 lbs.||Tennessee||Tyrese Maxey|
|22.||TyTy Washington||G||20||FR||6-3, 185 lbs.||Kentucky||D’Angelo Russell|
|23.||MarJon Beauchamp||F||21||–||6-6, 199 lbs.||G League Ignite||Jerami Grant|
|24.||Nikola Jovic||F||18||–||6-10, 210 lbs.||Mega Basket||Deni Avdija|
|25.||Blake Wesley||G||19||FR||6-5, 185 lbs.||Notre Dame||Immanuel Quickley|
Tier 5: Borderline first round picks
For the teams drafting late in the first round and early in the second, value will be the overused term on the draft telecast. Christian Braun is coming off a national championship with Kansas. Will he hear his name called in this range? Auburn’s Walker Kessler plays like a young Brook Lopez according to Irving. Will that be enticing to a team looking for a rotational big?
|27.||Christian Koloko||C||21||JR||7-1, 230 lbs.||Arizona||Mitchell Robinson|
|28.||Trevor Keels||G||18||FR||6-4, 221 lbs.||Duke||Eric Bledsoe|
|29.||Jaylin Williams||C||19||SO||6-10, 240 lbs.||Arkansas||Al Horford|
|32.||Bryce McGowens||F||19||FR||6-7,179 lbs.||Nebraska||Will Barton|
|34.||Wendell Moore Jr.||F||20||JR||6-5, 213 lbs.||Duke||Evan Turner|
|35.||Kendall Brown||F||18||FR||6-8, 205 lbs.||Baylor||Josh Jackson|
Best of the rest
Canadians Andrew Nembhard and Caleb Houstan came into the college season with a lot of hype. Will they make an NBA front office look smart for getting value in the second round? Peyton Watson failed to live up to the expectations that were placed on him in his freshman year at UCLA. Will more space in the pros help him stand out?
Patrick Baldwin Jr.’s season at Milwaukee wasn’t headline-worthy. Will he regain form in the league?
|36.||Andrew Nembhard||G||22||SR||6-5, 193 lbs.||Gonzaga||Tyus Jones|
|37.||Ryan Rollins||G||19||SO||6-4, 180 lbs.||Toledo||Fred VanVleet|
|38.||Caleb Houstan||F||19||FR||6-8, 205 lbs.||Michigan||Darius Bazley|
|39.||Ismael Kamagate||C||21||–||6-11, 220 lbs.||Paris Basketball||Hassan Whiteside|
|40.||Justin Lewis||F||19||FR||6-7, 245 lbs.||Marquette||Nassir Little|
|41.||Hugo Besson||G||20||–||6-3, 196 lbs.||NZ Breakers||Bogdan Bogdanovic|
|42.||Dereon Seabron||F||22||SO||6-7, 180 lbs.||NC State||Gerald Green|
|43.||Peyton Watson||F||19||FR||6-8, 200 lbs.||UCLA||Cody Martin|
|44.||Max Christie||F||19||FR||6-6, 190 lbs.||Michigan State||Danny Green|
|45.||Josh Minott||F||20||FR||6-8, 205 lbs.||Memphis||Derrick Jones Jr.|
|46.||Patrick Baldwin Jr.||F||19||FR||6-9, 220 lbs.||Milwaukee||Otto Porter Jr.|
|47.||Michael Foster||F||19||–||6-9, 220 lbs.||G League Ignite||JaMychal Green|
|49.||Dominick Barlow||C||18||–||6-9, 214 lbs.||Overtime Elite||Precious Achiuwa|
|50.||Khalifa Diop||C||20||–||6-11, 231 lbs.||Gran Canaria||Isaiah Stewart|
|51.||Jean Montero||G||18||–||6-2, 170 lbs.||Overtime Elite||Dennis Schroder|
|52.||Alondes Williams||G||22||SR||6-5, 210 lbs.||Wake Forest||Delon Wright|
|53.||Jabari Walker||F||20||SO||6-9, 215 lbs.||Colorado||Torrey Craig|
|54.||Ron Harper Jr.||F||22||SR||6-6, 245 lbs.||Rutgers||Nicolas Batum|
|55.||Trevion Williams||C||21||SR||6-10, 255 lbs.||Purdue||Xavier Tillman Sr.|
|56.||JD Davison||G||19||FR||6-3, 195 lbs.||Alabama||Dennis Smith Jr.|
|57.||Gabriele Procida||F||20||–||6-7, 194 lbs.||Fortitudo Bologna||Max Strus|
|58.||Moussa Diabate||F||20||FR||6-11, 210 lbs.||Michigan||Jarred Vanderbilt|
|59.||Yannick Nzosa||C||18||–||6-10, 174 lbs.||Unicaja||Udoka Azubuike|
|60.||Matteo Spagnolo||G||19||–||6-4, 185 lbs.||Cremona||Evan Fournier|