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2022 NBA Draft Grade: Categorize all team selections

The 2022 NBA Draft has ended. How did your team pay the fare on Thursday night?

Orlando Magic — Grade: B

No. 1: Paolo Banchero, F, Duke, Freshman

No. 32: Caleb Houstan, F, Michigan, Freshman

It's hard to exaggerate the risks Orlando took when choosing Banchero for the first time.This is a franchise that has been swimming against conventional knowledge, making decisions that have been essentially irrelevant for over a decade and could determine or destroy its future. Maybe it will work in their favor. But when two players, Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren, who look much more certain, were sitting on the board, it's a difficult sale. Hustan, who underperformed significantly in Michigan, also reached 32.

Oklahoma City Thunder — Grade: B +

No. 2: Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga, Freshman

No. 11: Ousmane Dieng, F, New Zealand Breakers

No. 12: Jalen Williams, G, Santa Clara, Junior

No. 34: Jaylin Williams, C, Arkansas, sophomore

It's hard to argue with Holmgren in second place overall, and 12-year-old Williams is okay. Replacing with Dien, the 11th pretty big question mark, is a decision we don't fully understand on the Oklahoma City side. Dien has some athletic ability in his game, but it's a move that may look bad in the future, which reduces his performance here. Still, Holmgren is a potentially basic player, setting the floors of this group high.

The prospects who were at the Barclays Center for the 2022 NBA Draft.
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Houston Rockets — Grade: A

No .. 3: Jabari Smith, F, Auburn, Freshman

No. 17: Tari Eason, F, LSU, sophomore

No. 29: Tyty Washington, G, Kentucky, Freshman

The rocket comes out of this draft as a big winner of the night. No one expected Jabari Smith to fall to them on his third overall pick, but Magic's first choice of Banchero made it easy to summon GM Rafael Stone. Smith should be an instant impact player. The rocket now has two long-term cores with him and Jalen Green, who was second in last year. Eason and Washington are also two solid players.

Sacramento Kings — Grade: B

4th place: Keegan Murray, F, Iowa, 2nd grade

37th place: Jaden Hardy, G, G League Ignite

Graphics appeared around Twitter on Thursday, indicating that Sacramento's recent picks didn't work and subsequent picks became superstars. Murray is a solid player and there is no reason to believe he will fail at the next level. But taking him one pick above the ivy that was good at last season's Big Ten brings a similar feel.

Jaden ivey gets emotional alongside his mom after getting drafted by the Pistons.
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Detroit Pistons — Grade: A

No .. 5: Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue, 2nd grade

No. 13: Jalen Duren, C, Memphis, Freshman

No. 36: Gabriele Procida, G, Fortitudo Bologna

The only thing to prevent this from going high is, including Knicks, what GM Troy Weaver refused from the team that wanted to trade with Ivy. It means that you can't know what it is.But what we know is that putting ivy in fifth place overall is like a coup d'etat. Purdue products have excellent physical capabilities and need to form a strong duo with Cade Cunningham on the Detroit backcoat. Adding Durene at the relatively low cost of a future Pick and Kemba Walker deal makes the Pistons a big winner of the night.

Indiana Pacers — Grade: B +

No. 6: Benedict Maturin, F, Arizona, 2nd grade

No. 31: Andrew Nemhard, G, Gonzaga, Senior

No. 48: Kendall Brown, Sci-Fi, Baylor, Freshman

The Pacers did nothing to significantly change the ceiling next season, but made two solid choices with Maturin and Nemhard. Neither is going to be a superstar, but Maturin will soon be playable and Nembad is a high-rise guard. If Malcolm Brogdon's deal is still underway, Indiana's off-season isn't in shape yet, but it's hard to escape satisfactorily.

Portland Trail Blazers — Grade: B

No. 7: Shaedon Sharpe, G / F, Kentucky, Freshman

No. 57: Jabari Walker, PF, Colorado, 2nd grade

Someone was always going to swing the top 10 sharps, and it's hard to predict how it will unfold. Kentucky's product, which was the number one prospect in its 2023 class before reclassification, is very capable, but last season it didn't set foot on the floor with Wildcats. So what you do with this pick depends on the possibilities of the sharp and how you weigh the inability to know what the sharp makes.

New Orleans Pelican — Grade: B +

No. 8: Dyson Daniels, G, G League Ignite

No. 41: E. J. Liddell, F, Ohio, Junior

No. 52: Karlo Matkovic, PF, Mega Mozzart

Daniels needs to help the team that left something behind last season's defensive end. At 6 feet 7, Daniels can defend his surroundings and escape in transitions, but there are some very realistic question marks around his shooting. It is stealing to bite the 41st place Liddell overall. Ohio State University's products have been improved in the year he was in school and can be shot from three with defense turned on. He will be a productive NBA player.

San Antonio Spurs — Grade: A-

No. 9: Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor, Freshman

No. 20: Malakai Brannam, SG / SF, Ohio, Freshman

No. 25: Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame, Freshman

With three first round picks, it's hard to get anything other than a productive night. All three players are in progress, but Sochan plans to be a plus defender, allowing both Bramham and Wesley to score. The Spurs are a team that you essentially trust to train your players well. Perhaps such an exercise will result in too much cushioning, but the track record speaks for itself.

Washington Wizards — Grade: B

No. 10: Jonathan Davis, G, Wisconsin, sophomore

No. 54: Yannick Zosa, C, Unica Jamalaga

Davis spent a breakout season with badgers and gained his position here, but it's still a bit difficult to see him as an NBA star. Many of his games assumed that he would make tough shots from the dribble midrange. It can be converted to the next level, which is especially desirable in the modern NBA, if possible. He should be more efficient in attacks that don't rely too much on him, but we're not very sure about making him this high.

New York Knicks — Grade: B +

No. 42: Trevor Kiehl's, SF, Duke, Freshman

Kiehl's is very aside for Knicks, trade out from the 11th pick and send to Thunder with Hornets A three-team contract with the Pistonsremoved the Kemba Walker contract, waving and reaping early in the night and future assets in the middle. This move didn't seem to be particularly popular with fans, but in many cases these are the types of deals that good teams make. Knicks currently has a lot of draft assets and a salary cap space to track Jalen Brunson as a free agent.

Mark Williams shakes Adam Silver's hand after getting drafted by the Hornets.
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Charlotte Hornets — Grade: C +

No. 15: Mark Williams, C, Duke, Freshman

No. 40: Bryce McGowens, SG, Nebraska, Freshman

Acquiring some assets for the 13th pick was a solid enough move, especially from Charlotte. The Hornets reached the center with just two picks after Jalen Duren was handed out to Detroit. Still, it feels like between Knicks and Piston — three teams involved in the Durene trade — Charlotte came out Thursday night with little excitement.Williams should be the NBA's starting center, but his ceiling wasn't that high, and the Hornets didn't get many future assets like Knicks.

Cleveland Cavaliers — Grade: B +

No. 14: Ochai Agbaji, SG / SF, Kansas, Senior

No. 39: Khalifa Diop, C, Gran Canaria

No. 49: Isaiah Mobley, PF, USC, Junior

No. 56: Luke Travers, SG, Perth

Cavs moved to higher floors, lower ceilings Route with Avaji in the first round. This is difficult to knock for a team that already has a lot of cores in place. Avaji has been a player in Kansas for four years and was the best player on the team that just won the national championship. He should be okay with the NBA. For their 3 picks in the 2nd round, if one becomes a rotation player, it's a win. That's exactly what happens in the second half of the draft.

Atlanta Hawks — Grade: B +

No. 16: A. J. Griffin, SG / SF, Duke, Freshman

No. 51: Tyrese Martin, Sci-Fi, UConn, Senior

If Griffin could stay healthy and reach his potential, the Hawks might just have gotten Trae Young's back. Being a court partner and ultimately helping you reach the next level. Much has to happen for that scenario to come true, but Griffin is certainly up. He can make dribbles and shoot hell down from the ball. He scored a 44.7% mark in three seasons last season, but suffered an injury problem in the last two seasons of high school.

Dalen Terry could be a draft steal by the Bulls.
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Chicago Bulls — Grade: A-

No. 18: Dalen Terry, SG / SF, Arizona, sophomore

This can be a night theft. Terry's shooting is a question mark, but he plans to be a good two-way player who can make his teammates better. He won't be the next level superstar, but he can hold the ball in his hand to defend, create and be athletic.

Minnesota Timberwolves — Grade: B +

No. 22: Walker Kessler, C, Auburn, sophomore

No. 26: Wendell Moore, SG / SF, Duke, Junior

No. 45: Josh Minott, PF, Memphis, Freshman

No. 50: Matteo Spagnolo, PG, Cremona

There is a good chance that Kessler will eventually be played off. The floors of the playoff series can be with his awkward size and anyone around. Because it cannot be done. It is possible that he will soon be one of the best shot blockers in the league. This is a trade that Minnesota should be successful for the foreseeable future and could be exacerbated on the 22nd pick. If Kessler turns into an elite shot blocker and starting center with some problems in the postseason, it's a win. Moore must also be a decent 3D wing.

Denver Nuggets — Grade: C +

No. 21: Christian Brown, SG / SF, Kansas, Junior

No. 30: Peyton Watson, SG / SF, UCLA, Freshman

No. 46: Ismael Kamagate, C, Paris

It's a little hard to get excited here. Brown is a solid player who should be able to stick to Denver's rotation. He can shoot down catches and has an impressive speed in transitions. Watson will have a hard time cracking the rotation at UCLA last season and will take time to develop. After all, the Nuggets feel like they could do a little more with the two first round picks, even if they came later.

Memphis Grizzlies — Grade: B

No. 19: Jay Claravia, F, Wake Forest, Junior

No. 23: David Roddy, F, Colorado, Junior

No. 38: Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee, Freshman

No. 47: Vince Williams Jr., SF, VCU, Senior

Laraviaplayed two seasons in Indiana before plunging into the wakeforest scene last seasonIt's a little hard to know what to do. However, Grizzlies is in a position to bring senior students closer to the end of the growth curve. That's what they did with the smaller "4" Laravia and Lodi that can produce dribbles. Both picks can look like reach in the long run, but if Memphis has two rotation players next to Jamorant and Jaren Jackson Jr., it's happy.

Milwaukee Bucks — Grade: B

No. 24: MarJon Beauchamp, PF, G League Ignite

No. 58: Hugo Besson, PG, New Zealand Breakers

Beauchamp has incredible inside stories from Yakima Valley Community College to Ignite, but there are some concerns about his game. His shots, like his ball handling, require work. However, he is a plus defender and athlete and has an impressive work ethic. He can also cheer as easily as the chosen person on Thursday night.

Miami Heat — Grade: B +

No. 27: Nikolayovich, F, Mega Basket

This is a little swing from the heat, at night, but if you're going to swing, the 27th pick is a sure time to do it. Jovic has a high ceilingas an aggressive player and has excellent pass and shoot abilities. He has some issues to solve in the defensive end, but in the second half of the first round, you could do much worse.

Golden State Warriors — Grade: B-

No. 28: Patrick Baldwin Jr. , SG / SF, Milwaukee, Freshman

No. 44: Ryan Rollins, SG, Toledo, 2nd grade

No. 55: Gui Santos, San Francisco, Minas

After the championship, the Warriors can afford to take risks, but Baldwin is big. Milwaukee's products leveled off in a situation where he was supposed to dominate as a top 10 freshman enrolling in junior high school. Talent exists and Baldwin dealt with last season's injuries, so you can see the logic of grabbing him later in the first round. The Warriors have a good player-developed pedigree and rely on it to get the most out of Baldwin. The 44 Rollins are rolled dice.

Toronto Raptors — Grade: B

No. 33: Christian Koloko, PF / C, Arizona, Junior

The Raptors weren't thinking about reinventing the wheel here. And Koroko is just right as the 33rd pick. Arizona products are projected as rim runners that can be played with paint on both ends or block some shots. If he becomes a rotation player, it's a win on the 33rd pick and he looks like he can.

Max Christie does an interview after being drafted by the Lakers.
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Los Angeles Lakers — Grade: B

No .. 35: Max Christie, SG, Michigan State University, Freshman

Christie made a firm claim last season as the best player on the overwhelming Michigan State University team, making him an excellent 3D player at the next level. There is a possibility of becoming. He shot well from last season's catch and defended well given the amount he was asked to do. But he has a long way to go and needs to be empowered. Don't expect him to participate in rotations on a regular basis next season.

Dallas Mavericks — Grade: B

No. 37: Jaden Hardy, SG, G League Ignite

The Mavericks traded into the draft and landed a former five-star recruit. Hardyat 37 is a high-priced play that could reward the Dallas line, but you can't expect Streak Shooter to see a lot of play time early in the career of the team aiming for the championship.

Los Angeles Clippers — Grade: B

No. 43: Musa Diabate, PF, Michigan, Freshman

Diabate is a very project, but it's worth it as a flyer at 43. French people 6 feet-10, 210 pounds need to gain some muscle to fill the frame, but doing so has the kind of athletic ability that can make a difference. He had some flashes that encouraged Wolverins last season, but he may have benefited from another year at Ann Arbor.Still, if the Clippers can raise him, he has the talent to make many teams look bad.

Boston Celtics — Grade: B

No. 53: JD Davison, PG, Alabama, Freshman

The 53rd pick basically throws darts based on potential. Former five-star rookie Davison is a solid way to do that, if any, has a long way to go for his growth. It's amazing to see him doing a lot this season, but in the future his agility and downhill abilities could change.

No choice:Brooklyn Nets, Philadelphia 76ers