NBA Draft 2022 – Hits & Misses + ROY Odds –

NBA Draft 2022 – Hits & Misses + ROY Odds –

MILWAUKEE, WISCONSIN – MARCH 18: Jaden Ivey #23 of the Purdue Boilermakers dribbles the ball in the first half of the game against the Yale Bulldogs during the first round of the 2022 NCAA Men’s Basketball Tournament at Fiserv Forum on March 18, 2022 in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)

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After Golden State wrapped up its fourth NBA title in the last eight years, the NBA draft was held on June 23 at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Each and every year, there are teams that win with the draft and there are some franchises that lose. The 2022 version of the NBA draft was no different. There were a number of hits and one franchise stands out as a miss for now. 



Last year, the Pistons took Cade Cunningham with a lottery pick. He has proven to be something special and Detroit is looking up after this year’s draft. It had appeared the Pistons lost out when they ended up with the No. 5 pick, but it all worked with Detroit drafting after Sacramento (more on the Kings later). 

Somehow, Purdue point guard Jaden Ivey, who averaged 17.3 points and 4.9 rebounds last season for the Boilermakers, fell to Detroit at No. 5. He will pair with Cunningham to give Detroit one of the best young backcourts in the league. 

Then, the Pistons pulled off a deal that secured the No. 13 pick Jalen Duren. Duren played one year at Memphis where he averaged 12 points, 8.1 rebounds, and 2.1 blocks per game. He is the best post player in the draft and has been compared to Bam Adebayo. At 6-11, he’s bigger and he’s even more athletic. He and Ivey make the Detroit the biggest hit of the 2022 NBA draft.



Paolo Banchero drafted #1 overall from Duke

The Magic won out by winning the No. 1 overall pick. It was speculated that Auburn F Jabari Smith would go first, but the Magic surprised everyone and took Duke’s Paolo Banchero. At 6-10 and 250 pounds, Banchero is the most NBA-ready of all draft picks. He can do it all which he showed last year with the Blue Devils. Banchero averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds, and 3.2 assists per game. 

Orlando then took Michigan wing Caleb Houstan in Round 2. Houstan is a big (6-8) wing who can shoot from outside. He averaged 10.1 points a game for the Wolverines last season.



With Orlando taking Banchero at No. 1, the Rockets scored a hit by taking Smith at No. 3. He’s 6-10, can shoot, plus he’s good defender. The Rockets took Tari Eason, a 6-7 forward who averaged 16.9 points and 6.6 rebounds for LSU last year, with the 17th pick. Houston also worked out a deal for Kentucky guard TyTy Washington, who was picked at No. 29 by Memphis. 

Houston has plenty of young talent including last year’s top pick Jalen Green. The Rockets should feel the positive effects of these last two drafts for the next few years.



This has happened before. In 2011, Sacramento drafted prolific shooter Jimmer Fredette. He turned out to be a bust. The pick after Fredette was Klay Thompson. The same thing happened again a year later when the Kings took Thomas Robinson with the No. 5 pick. Robinson was out of the league by 2017. The Kings passed on Damian Lillard who went No. 6 to Portland. 

Keegan Murray of Iowa

It 2018, the Kings took Marvin Bagley III who they just traded last season to Detroit. Bagley was a marginal player who had only started 17 games for the Kings in 2021-22. Sacramento took Bagley with the No. 2 overall pick in 2018. The player that went next ? Luka Doncic.

This year, the Kings passed on a bona fide elite prospect in Ivey. Instead, Sacramento opted for 6-8 Keegan Murray of Iowa. Murray is a solid player and averaged 23.5 points and 8.7 rebounds last year for the Hawkeyes, but he was not considered a top-5 pick in this year’s draft. Time will tell, but it appears the Kings will miss again.

Rookie of the Year Odds for 2022-2023

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Player Odds
Paolo Banchero +300
Jabari Smith Jr +350
Chet Holmgren +575
Jaden Ivey +650
Keegan Murray +900
Bennedict Mathurin +1200
Ochai Agbaji +1600
Johnny Davis +1800
Dyson Daniels +2000
Jalen Williams +2500
Shaedon Sharpe +2800
Jeremy Sochan +2800
AJ Griffin +3300
Ousmane Dieng +3300
Mark Williams +3300
Jalen Duren +3300
EJ Liddell +4000
Blake Wesley +5000
Jaden Hardy +5000
Walker Kessler +5000
Malaki Branham +5000
Marjon Beauchamp +6600
Dalen Terry +6600
Wendell Moore Jr +6600
TyTy Washington +6600
Tari Eason +6600
Kennedy Chandler +6600
Christian Braun +7500
Jake LaRavia +8000
Trevor Keels +8000
Nikola Jovic +8000
Kendall Brown +8000
Bryce McGowens +10000
Patrick Baldwin Jr +10000
David Roddy +10000
Peyton Watson +10000