2022 NBA Draft live stream: How to watch, start time, TV channel, latest mock, official order of picks
2022 NBA Draft live news tracker: Mock drafts, prospect rankings, updates and analysis
NBA draft 2022 - How to watch, trade talks, the latest mock draft and all the insider intel
Following an extremely exciting 2021-22 season that ultimately saw the Golden State Warriors defeat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals for their fourth title in the last eight years, it's now time to turn our attention toward next season, starting with the upcoming NBA Draft.
The 2022 NBA Draft is set for Thursday, June 23, and it features no shortage of intriguing prospects as players like Chet Holmgren, Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero and Jaden Ivey are all expected to hear their names called early on by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.
For the first time since 2004, the Orlando Magic have the top overall pick in the draft. Back in '04, Orlando selected Dwight Howard with that top pick, and he went on to have some serious success with the franchise, It will be interesting to see what the Magic do with the pick this time around as their decision will set the tone for the rest of the draft. After Orlando, the Oklahoma City Thunder possess the No. 2 overall pick, followed by the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons rounding out the top five.
Well, folks, the fateful day is rapidly approaching. Soon we'll find out where all of these coveted NBA Draft prospects that we've learned so much about over the past year will finally call home. Obviously most of the intrigue surrounds the top three players, Jabari Smith Jr., Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero, but this is a deep draft with potential impact players throughout.
This is my final mock draft, and it went differently than I expected. I often found myself straying from my prospect rankings because the fit just didn't seem right. For example, I rate TyTy Washington much higher than No. 16, but it just didn't make sense for a lot of teams above that to draft a guard with his skill set. That's what makes the draft so interesting -- the best player isn't always the right player. As we just saw with the likes of Andrew Wiggins in the NBA Finals, fit is everything.
In terms of players whose stock has improved, I have Dyson Daniels, Jeremy Sochan and Dalen Terry jumping significantly from my previous mock draft. I also consistently have Blake Wesley higher than most other mocks that I've seen. But alas, there's no more time for tweaking. This is the final version, like it or not, and we'll see how close it is to the truth on Thursday.
ORLANDO – We’re just one day away from one of the most anticipated days on the NBA calendar.
In a little over 24 hours, a new pool of young talent will enter the league through the 2022 NBA Draft, which takes place on Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET. With them will come excitement and expectations from fanbases across the association.
While no one can predict exactly how the draft will fall, we do know that it all starts with the Orlando Magic, who hold the prized No. 1 overall pick and will set the tone for the night.
Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman and his staff have been working tirelessly, not just since acquiring the first overall selection during the draft lottery, but instead, over the course of years, stockpiling information and intel to help them build a complete picture of every prospect in the draft pool.
Over the course of the last few weeks, they’ve interviewed and hosted workouts for players with draft projections up and down the board as they prepare for a year where they hold picks No. 1, 32, and 35 overall.
Heeding the advice of his father to not turn in his homework until the day it’s due, Weltman was careful in his pre-draft press conference not to tip the Magic’s hand in regards to any of those selections. Still, that has not stopped the media from declaring who they have going to Orlando tomorrow night.
The 2022 NBA draft has finally arrived!
Who will unexpectedly rise Thursday night? Who will unexpectedly fall? Who will the Orlando Magic pick at No. 1, a potential Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren or a dynamic shooter in Auburn's Jabari Smith? Where will Duke's Paolo Banchero land? Will the Sacramento Kings keep their No. 4 pick or trade it to another team -- and shake things up? What last-minute trade could upend the entire draft order? You never know.
We, and you, have lots of questions. Luckily, we don't have to wait long for the answers.
Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 NBA draft, from how to watch the draft-night festivities to the full draft order; scouting reports on all the top prospects and where they may land to the latest intel, trade rumors, analysis and projections. ESPN's experts will reveal the draft's most NBA-ready prospects, as well as the players with the highest ceilings -- and highest bust factors.
The rumor mill surrounding the Portland Trail Blazers and the No. 7 pick in the 2022 NBA draft has been swirling in recent weeks. Will they keep it? Or will they trade it for a player like Detroit’s Jerami Grant, or OG Anunoby?
ESPN’s Brian Windhorst reported Tuesday on “NBA Today” that the Blazers intend on staying at No. 7 and are targeting Kentucky guard Shaedon Sharpe with the pick.
“For weeks, we’ve heard about the Portland Trail Blazers at No. 7 possibly trading that pick off, maybe for Jerami Grant of the Detroit Pistons. From what I understand, Portland has decided not to go down that path and as of right now is planning to draft at No. 7,” Windhorst explained.
“Jonathan Givony has them taking Shaedon Sharpe out of Kentucky, and I have heard the same thing, that that is who they are targeting,” he continued. “That is something I would not have expected two to three weeks ago.”
Notably, new Blazers assistant general manager Mike Schmitz said after the NBA draft lottery while working for ESPN (before he took the front office job) that he liked Sharpe in that spot for Portland. (h/t NBA reporter Sean Highkin)
If the Blazers go the route of drafting Sharpe, that will sit well with superstar point guard Damian Lillard. ESPN’s Jonathan Givony reported in his latest mock draft that Lillard is “high” on Sharpe.
The six-time All-Star, Lillard, has consistently been at all predraft workouts and any pick general manager Joe Cronin and the Blazers make will surely have to come with his approval in mind. Lillard has voiced his desire to remain in Portland and the Blazers have said that they plan to re-tool the roster around him in what could be the most critical offseason in franchise history.
The NBA draft is scheduled to begin at 5 p.m. PT Thursday from Barclay’s Center in Brooklyn, New York.
The 2022 NBA draft has nearly arrived, and the speculation is only beginning. There will be plenty of storylines at issue from the outset of Thursday's event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (8 p.m. ET, ESPN, ABC and ESPN App) -- will the Big Three of Auburn's Jabari Smith, Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren and Duke's Paolo Banchero go in the order expected, and to the teams expected? If it's Smith to the Orlando Magic at No. 1, Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2 and Banchero to the Houston Rockets at No. 3, what might that mean for the Sacramento Kings at No. 4? Will the Kings, who must factor in the likelihood of their pick signing with the struggling franchise, strike a draft-night deal? If they do, how will the rest of the night's dominoes fall?
As we consider those questions, ESPN will be tracking every twist and turn until the first name is announced at the Barclays Center podium Thursday, with this version of the mock draft undergoing any and all necessary alterations up until draft time, based on ESPN's latest intel and any first- or second-round moves up until that hour:
The NBA draft smoke has felt thick this week. More teams than not have been mentioned in trade discussions.
There is even disagreement about how the top three will play out. "Expect the unexpected" is a thought shared by many.
And then there is the Sacramento Kings' No. 4 pick, which is being discussed in multiple trade situations. The Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards and New York Knicks have been mentioned as interested parties.
While the lottery picks mostly seem obvious, predicting their order is not.
Braun has fans and could be chosen in the first round. Nembhard is also a candidate to be one of the last players taken in the 20s.
NBA Mock Draft 2022 live stream
Date: Wednesday, June 22
Start time: 8 p.m. ET
TV channel: ABC
Live stream: WatchESPN, ESPN app
Keels, Brown and Baldwin seem to be viewed more as second-rounders despite points when most thought they could creep into the lottery discussion.
The Magic have two of the first five second-round picks, so No. 32 or No. 35 figures to be available.
Houstan is still an enigma considering how quiet he's been during the predraft process. Everyone suspects there is a promise, though nobody has any confidence in who it's coming from.