2022 NBA Draft lottery results: Magic get No. 1 overall pick, Thunder land at No. 2, Kings jump into top four

The Orlando Magic won the long-awaited NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday and will now have the first overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, which is scheduled for June 23. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons round out the top five.

This is the fourth time the Magic have won the first overall pick, which is second only to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the lottery era. The last time they drafted first, they took Dwight Howard in 2004. If they can get someone as good as Howard this time around, it’s going to be a big hit.

There is no clear No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, and the various candidates span a wide range of positions and skills. Some of the potential options include Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren, Duke forward Paolo Banchero, Auburn forward Jabari Smith and Purdue guard Jaden Ivey. Holmgren was the first pick on Kyle Boone’s pick. latest mock draft and Ivey is the highest-rated prospect on his Top 75 Big Board.

NBA Draft Lottery Results

1. Magic
2. Thunder
3. Rockets
4. Kings
5. Pistons
6. Pacemaker
7. Trail Blazers
8. Pelicans (via Lakers)
9. Spurs
10. Wizards
11. Knicks
12. Thunder (via Clippers)
13. Hornets
14. Knights

Here are some key takeaways from the night:

The magic could be building something special

The Magic had the second-worst record in the league last season, going 22-60 and missing the playoffs for the second straight season. While that’s not an ideal way to spend more than seven months, all the losses were worth it as they won the first overall pick on Tuesday night.

“The fans, the organization, it’s very exciting,” Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said. “There’s a lot to look forward to. It’s going to be special.”

While a coach will always be optimistic about his team’s future, the Magic really could be on the verge of building something special. They had two lottery picks last season in Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner, the latter of whom will almost certainly make the All-Rookie Team.

Add in the likes of Markelle Fultz, Wendell Carter Jr., Jonathan Isaac (if he ever plays basketball again), Cole Anthony, Chuma Okeke and RJ Hampton, plus whoever takes No. 1 this year, and that’s it. lots of young talent. There are never any guarantees in the NBA, but the Magic could be pretty fun in a few years.

Kings jump to No. 4

There were no big surprises on Tuesday night as the lottery went largely to form. Still, there was a bit of movement. In particular, the Sacramento Kings, who had the seventh-worst record in the league last season, jumped up to the fourth overall pick.

That’s a good result for a team that hasn’t had much luck or success in recent years, especially considering there seems to be a consensus top four in this class: Chet Homgren, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith and Jaden Ivey.

The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, which is the longest drought in the league. They made a clear effort to change that last season by trading Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to the Indiana Pacers for Domantas Sabonis. It didn’t work out last season, but adding another top-four pick could finally help them return to the playoffs in the future.

No luck for the Blazers

After eight straight playoff appearances, the Portland Trail Blazers returned to the lottery for the first time since 2012, when they drafted Damian Lillard. He was on hand as their representative on Tuesday, but couldn’t bring them luck as they fell to the No. 7 overall pick.

While that wasn’t a massive slump – they had the sixth-worst record last season – they also didn’t make the big jump they’d hoped for and ultimately really needed to transform their team.

After Lillard underwent abdominal surgery, they not only made the decision to tank, they concluded that his core just wasn’t good enough. They traded CJ McCollum, Norman Powell, Larry Nance Jr. and Robert Covington, and Jusuf Nurkic will become a free agent. This is going to be a busy summer for the club as they try to rebuild around Lillard, and jumping into the top three or four in the lottery would have been a big help.

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