2022 NBA draft: Winners, losers, biggest trades and bold predictions
With the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero. The move came as something of a surprise, given that Banchero never met with the Magic and the consensus around the league was that Auburn's Jabari Smith Jr. would be headed to Orlando.
Instead, it was Banchero who heard his name called first. Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren went No. 2 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Houston Rockets took Smith with the No. 3 overall pick.
The Sacramento Kings drafted Iowa forward Keegan Murray at No. 4 and the Detroit Pistons rounded out the top five by selecting Purdue guard Jaden Ivey.
Our NBA Insiders break down the biggest draft-night takeaways, including which of the top three picks will have the best rookie season. And what about the major deals that went down on Thursday?
The Rockets and Pistons began making moves days before drafting Smith and Ivey, respectively. The Rockets traded center Christian Wood to the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 26 pick and four players on expiring contracts.
The Pistons traded forward Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for the No. 36 pick, as well as future draft picks.
The trades continued to pour in through draft night, with both the Pistons and Rockets making additional deals. In one of the biggest moves of the night,
Detroit acquired the Charlotte Hornets' No. 13 overall pick, Jalen Duren, in a three-way deal that also included the New York Knicks -- who sent point guard Kemba Walker to the Motor City.
The Philadelphia 76ers got in on the trade action, sending swingman Danny Green and the No. 23 overall pick to the Memphis Grizzlies for guard De'Anthony Melton.
Which pre-draft or draft-night trade will have the biggest impact? Which of the top-three picks is best suited for immediate success next season?
Which teams underperformed on draft night? Our experts answer the biggest questions and make their bold predictions following a night in which 58 players heard their names called.