NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Smith to Orlando Magic at No. 1

For Jason McIntyre
FOX Sports Betting Analyst

The orlando magic won the NBA Draft lottery and now they can choose between one of the three great prospects: Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren Y paolo banchero.

Expect plenty of smokescreens from the Magic, since the world knows OKC covets the 7-foot Holmgren. Could we see a trade like in 2017, when Boston knew it wanted Jayson Tatum, so it traded from No. 1 to No. 3 to acquire an additional pick?

With a month to go, this is how I see the draft shake out:

one. orlando magic: Jabari SmithF, Chestnut

He’s not the player ready to help you the most right now, but in five years, the 6-foot-10 Smith could be putting up Chris Bosh numbers in Orlando. The Magic’s front office under John Hammond has prioritized length in recent years (Jalen Suggs, Mo Bamba, Jonathan Isaac).

two. oklahoma city thunder: Chet Holmgrenc, Gonzaga

There’s a scenario where you fall off the chart a little bit, but before you write off the 7-foot, 190-pound Holmgren, just know that he’s going to reshape his body two years from now, and if he’s healthy, he’ll be what Kristaps Porzingis I was on my way. convert.

3. houston rockets: paolo bancheroF, Duke

Banchero is the most NBA-ready player in the draft, and if the Rockets can mature a bit in the locker room, a Banchero-Christian Wood frontcourt is interchangeable and spaces the court nicely.

Four. kings of sacrament: Keegan MurrayF, Iowa

If the Kings play well this offseason, there’s a chance they could break the NBA’s longest playoff drought and make it to the entry tournament. At 6-foot-8, Murray has the potential to be in the mold of Mikal Bridges.

5. detroit pistons: Benedict MathurinG/F, Arizona

I bet Cade Cunningham will make the jump to point guard if you surround him with shooters, and Mathurin (37% last season) is the guy you want here, a small forward who can thrive without the ball in his hands.

6. Indiana Pacers: jadenivey, GRAM, Purdue

Perfect regional fit, as Ivey is from the state and was a Big Ten star. The Pacers just need to trade Malcolm Brogdon, which shouldn’t be a major problem.

7. portland blazers: brand williamsc, duke

The Blazers will lose Jusuf Nurkic in free agency, and if you’ve watched any of these NBA playoffs, you know the value of the Williams who runs the rim and can defend on the perimeter. Its 7 foot 7 inch wingspan is sure to be the best on this draft.

8. new orleans pelicans: season ratesF, LSU

Advanced defensive stats love Eason, who is changeable enough to play both forward positions. Whenever he walks off the court, expect Eason to pick himself up during the process. He would be a perfect fit next to Zion Williamson.

9. San Antonio Spurs: aj faucetf, duke

Griffin turns 19 in August, his father played in the NBA, and as a 44% 3-point shooter, he’ll be a perfect fit for this offense. But his injury history could drop him out of the top 10.

10 washington wizards: Shaedon SharpeSG, Kentucky

Sharpe is the mystery man of the draft who two years ago went from being unranked to being the best player in the Class of 2022. The 6-foot-6 Sharpe was reportedly dominating practices for Kentucky but was ineligible to play, so all we have to do in is the high school stats.

eleven New York Knicks: Jalen Durenc, memphis

He’s the youngest player in this draft class, and if the Knicks don’t trade for DeAndre Ayton, Duren makes a lot of sense at the job.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Ousmane Dieng, F, New Zealand Breakers

The Thunder homered off their last NBL pick, Josh Giddy, and they expect the same from the 6-foot-10 Dieng, who could be in the game for the Knicks at 11.

13 charlotte hornets: ochai agbajiF, Kansas

I had the Hornets draft Mark Williams in my previous mock draft, but he’s unlikely to sink that low. They’ll be in the mix to trade for a rimrunning center this summer, perhaps with Gordon Hayward as bait. Agbaji adds perimeter defense, something the Hornets lack.

14 Cleveland Knights: johnny davisg, Wisconsin

The Cavs’ biggest weakness was on the wing, where Isaac Okoro and Cedi Osman lack the offensive punch to take the load off Collin Sexton.

15. Charlotte Hornets: jeremy sohanF, Baylor

The Hornets would love a great interior defender, but they’ll have to settle for an excellent forward who can maybe play a bit of a 4 or 5.

sixteen. atlanta falcons: Dyson Daniels, G-League Ignite

The Rajon Rondo experiment last season was a disaster, and now Lou Williams could be gone. Daniels provides depth behind Trae Young and might even play him because of his stellar defensive work.

17. Houston Rockets: Ty Ty WashingtonPG, Kentucky

As talented as Kevin Porter is, he’s also an off-court question, and getting a stable point guard (like Washington) should be a priority for Houston.

18 Chicago Bulls: Malaki Branhamg, Ohio State

Top of the board for the Bulls, who enter the offseason with questions about Lonzo Ball (knee) and Zach LaVine (does he want out?).

19 minnesota timber wolves: Jaden Hardy, G, G-League

The Timberwolves’ playoff streak was thwarted by fourth-quarter meltdowns, something they can’t fix in the draft. But Hardy provides an electric offense, which was lost when they had to bench D’Angelo Russell late.

20. San Antonio Spurs: Nikola Jovic, F, Serbia

In the NFL, the Patriots and Belichick trade. In the NBA, the Spurs and Popovich have historically recruited and hidden Europeans. That has dropped in recent years (once in the last six drafts), but expect to see that in June with all three first-round picks out of San Antonio.

twenty-one denver nuggets: Marjon Beauchamp, G, G League Ignite

At nearly 22, Beauchamp is more prepared to help a contender on the sidelines now, given his length (7-foot, 1-inch wingspan) and skill set.

22 memphis grizzlies: Kennedy Chandlerg, Tennessee

The Grizzlies might have trouble paying Tyus Jones, given how strong a postseason he had. Chandler is a lightning-fast point guard who could be forced into action if Ja Morant continues to get hurt.

23 Brooklyn networks: trevor keelsg, duke

Still just 18 years old, Keels is a 6-foot-4 explosive guard who would have put up much higher numbers (11.5 PPG on 30 MPG) if he hadn’t gone to Duke.

24 milwaukee dollars: kendall brownF, Baylor

The Bucks could look to modify their frontcourt in the future, as Brook Lopez has one year left on his contract. Can Brown defend like Bobby Portis does? Because Portis is going to get expensive in a year, and Serge Ibaka gave Milwaukee nothing.

25. San Antonio Spurs: caleb houstonF, Michigan

One of America’s best high school players didn’t have the amazing season many expected, but he’s one of five or six players in the first round who’s about 6-foot-8 and can switch between 3 and 4 , and he shot 35% on 3s.

26 Dallas Mavericks: Daniel TerryG, Arizona

There’s a lot of uncertainty for the Mavs with Jalen Brunson waiting to get paid and a lot of money committed to guards Spencer Dinwiddie and Tim Hardaway Jr. But Terry looks like part of a swing forward who can defend multiple positions in the playoffs.

27 Miami Heat: EJ LiddellF, State of Ohio

Liddell feels like a great player from the past who could cut right into the Heat’s culture and provide depth behind Bam Adebayo.

28 golden state warriors: blake-wesleyg, notre dame

Wesley needs to improve as a shooter (30% 3-point shooting) to cement his status in the first round, but he’s a great shotmaker at 6-foot-5.

29. Memphis Grizzlies: bryce mcgowensg, Nebraska

The 6-foot-7 McGowens scored 65 points in a high school game, then committed to Florida State before retiring and landing with Nebraska.

30. Oklahoma City Thunder: Patrick BaldwinF, milwaukee

At just 19 years old, Baldwin had an injury-plagued first year, but his length, talent and high IQ still keep him in the back of the first round.

Jason McIntyre is a betting analyst for FOX Sports who also writes about the NFL and NBA draft. He joined FS1 in 2016 and has appeared on every show on the network. In 2017, McIntyre began producing NFL, college football and NBA betting content for FOX Sports. He had a betting podcast for FOX, “Coming Up Winners,” in 2018 and 2019. Before coming to FOX, he created The Big Lead website, which he sold in 2010.


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