The 2022 NBA Draft has three players that are the clear top picks. Those three players are Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, and Jabari Smith. The three teams who will get their pick of these players in order Orlando, then Oklahoma City, and Houston.
Chet Holmgren Gonzaga
Many people see him as the top player in this draft. He is similar to a young Kristaps Porzingis who was one of the best players in the league when he was young. Holmgren can knock down threes at high percentage, block shots, and is mobile. Another comparison would be Anthony Davis, which is a high ceiling to take a chance on.
Paolo Banchero Duke
Banchero was looked at as a top candidate early in the year to be the No. 1 pick. It is still possible, but Holmgren has risen up draft boards since the season has ended. He is an athletic power forward who can score in various different ways.
Jabari Smith Auburn
Smith is another big man who could be a dominant force in the NBA. He is a tall and long defender who also has a nice stroke from deep. Evan Mobley is a rookie from last year who took the league by storm. His defense and energy is what makes him so good. Smith is a similar player who could be even better than Mobley due to his shooting ability.
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