NBA Draft: Paulo Banchero selected by Orlando Magic with 1st pick | GB’s Jeremy Sochan was also in the top 10 | NBA news

The Orlando Magic selected Paulo Banchero with the first pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

He was closely followed by Chet Holmgren being taken by the Oklahoma City Thunder with the number 2 pick and then Jabari Smith Jr. heading to the Houston Rockets as the top three projected players got off the board first, but perhaps not in the order everyone expected.

Britain’s only representative in the draft made it into the top 10, as Jeremy Sochan – who spent most of his life in Milton Keynes and part of his life in Southampton – was selected by the San Antonio Spurs with the 9th pick (more on that below ).

This year’s draft had a big focus on the top three. They were stuck on every draft analyst cadre — albeit in varying orders — and in the end it was Banchero, who didn’t work out with Orlando before Thursday night, who was selected ahead of the other two top contenders after a standout. . season with Duke.

The choice surprised many experts. Magic’s president of basketball operations Jeff Weltman seemed to recognize this and said, “When you’re playing poker, you don’t put your cards on the table, do you?”

NBA Draft 2022 – Lottery Picks

  • #1: Orlando Magic picks Paulo Banchero (Duke)
  • #2: OKC Thunder picks Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga)
  • #3: Houston Rockets picks Paulo Banchero (Duke)
  • #4: Sacramento Kings pick Keegan Murray (Iowa)
  • #5: Detroit Pistons Pick Jaden Ivey (Purdue)
  • #6: Indiana Pacers choose Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona)
  • #7: Portland Trail Blazers Choose Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky)
  • #8: New Orleans Pelicans pick Dyson Daniels (G League Ignite)
  • #9: San Antonio Spurs pick Jeremy Sochan (Baylor)
  • #10: Washington Wizards Pick Johnny Davis (Wisconsin)
  • #11: New York Knicks Draft Ousmane Dieng (New Zealand Breakers) – traded to OKC Thunder
  • #12: Oklahoma City Thunder picks Jalen Williams (Santa Clara)
  • #13: Charlotte Hornets picks Jalen Duren (Memphis) – traded to Detroit Pistons
  • #14: Cleveland Cavaliers drafted Ochai Agbaji (Kansas)
  • #15: Charlotte Hornets picks Mark Williams (Duke)

The Magic picked the 19-year-old forward with the No. 1 selection – after weeks of speculation that Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. or Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren could top Orlando’s list.

“I can’t believe what just happened, honestly,” said Banchero, after hugging his mother – Rhonda Smith-Banchero, former WNBA player.

The Magic are betting a large part of their future on the 19-year-old who, for spotracwill sign a two-year, $22.3 million contract that includes two team options that complete the deal at $49.4 million over four years.

“I wanted to be in the NBA, but I didn’t know I’d be here, man,” Banchero said. “I really, honestly don’t.”

Banchero averaged 17.2 points in his only college season, along with 7.8 rebounds, and was a third-team All-American. There were cheers from the crowd at the Amway Center – Banchero’s new court – as NBA Commissioner Adam Silver announced shortly after 8pm that the Magic was on the clock.

Banchero joins a young team in Orlando that already includes 2017 first pick Markelle Fultz, two of the top eight picks in the 2021 draft in Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs, and Cole Anthony, the 15th pick in 2020.

Orlando also has the 6 picks from the 2017 and 2018 drafts, Jonathan Isaac and Mo Bamba. It’s possible that when the next season starts, Orlando could have up to six lottery picks, nine top 16 picks and 12 first-round players on its roster.

Thursday night was the fourth time Orlando made the first pick. The Magic took Shaquille O’Neal with the first pick in 1992. Chris Webber was Orlando’s No. 1 pick in 1993, and he was traded that same night for Penny Hardaway and a package of future picks that were eventually turned into Vince Carter and , later Miller. And in 2004, the Magic selected Dwight Howard with the first pick.

If Banchero can be as successful as these other names, the franchise will have made a very good selection.

Holmgren won second pick by Thunder

Chet Holmgren, right, poses for photos with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected second overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder
Chet Holmgren, right, poses for photos with NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected second overall by the Oklahoma City Thunder

The Oklahoma City Thunder picked Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren as the second overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night.

Holmgren, a versatile 7-footer from Minneapolis, was a second-team All-American in his only college season. He averaged 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds and ranked fourth nationally with 3.7 blocks per game for the Zags. He shot 61% 3-pointers and 39% 3-pointers last season — the kind of efficiency that could help a Thunder team that ranked last in the league in shooting percentage, 3-point percentage and last-season scoring.

His skill can help him to be effective as he works to grow his 195-pound slender frame.

He will join a youth group that includes Shai Gilgeous-Alexander, Josh Giddey, Lu Dort, Darius Bazley and Tre Mann. Alexander averaged 24.5 points last season.

Smith Jr. goes to Rockets with third pick

Jabari Smith Jr.  is congratulated by NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected third overall by the Houston Rockets
Jabari Smith Jr. is congratulated by NBA Commissioner Adam Silver after being selected third overall by the Houston Rockets

The Houston Rockets selected Auburn rookie Jabari Smith Jr. with the third overall pick in the NBA draft Thursday night, adding a skilled player to join last year’s second pick, Jalen Green, as the team continues its rebuild.

Smith was one of three first-round picks the Rockets had in this year’s draft. Houston also had the 17th pick, which the team received as part of the trade for James Harden, taking Tari Eason out of LSU.

The Rockets also welcome Wendell Moore with the 26th pick, who was traded to the Dallas Mavericks to help make the trade for center Christian Wood official.

Smith arrives in Houston after the forward averaged 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and two assists per game to earn SEC Rookie of the Year, All-SEC First and Second Team All-American honors.

The Rockets expect Smith to play immediately when they leave Wood, who has led the team in scoring each of the past two seasons. If the 19-year-old starts as expected, the team will have an extraordinarily young starting lineup with four players under the age of 22.

Great Britain’s Sochan selected by Spurs with 9th pick

Jeremy Sochan shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected with the ninth pick by the San Antonio Spurs
Jeremy Sochan shakes hands with NBA commissioner Adam Silver after being selected with the ninth pick by the San Antonio Spurs

The San Antonio Spurs selected Baylor’s Jeremy Sochan in the 9th overall pick in the NBA Draft Thursday night.

A 6’9″ forward, Sochan averaged 9.2 points and 6.4 rebounds in his only season with the Bears.

Sochan joins a franchise rebuild after being the league’s winningest franchise in two decades. San Antonio qualified for a league-record 22 consecutive postseasons starting in 1998, winning five NBA championships over that period with stars such as Tim Duncan, David Robinson, Tony Parker and Manu Ginobili.

After missing the postseason for the past two seasons, the Spurs are looking to reinvigorate their franchise behind All-Star Dejounte Murray, Keldon Johnson, Devin Vassell, Josh Primo and now Sochan.

Born in Guymon, Oklahoma, Sochan spent much of his life in England before committing to Baylor in 2020.

Sochan was San Antonio’s sixth lottery selection since it began in 1985, the lowest in the league ahead of the Los Angeles Lakers (seven) and Houston (10).

San Antonio also had the 20th, 25th selection in the first round and in the second round. It’s the first time the Spurs have three first-round picks in the same draft in the franchise’s 50-year history in San Antonio.

San Antonio acquired Toronto’s 20th selection as compensation for the Raptors’ acquisition of Goran Dragic. The 25th pick was part of the compensation the Spurs received from the Boston Celtics for Derrick White.

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