2022 NBA Draft: Knicks will swap up to No. 4, Chet Holmgren to have the best career among five bold predictions

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA title a week ago, and now all eyes are on the 2022 NBA Draft, set for Thursday night. Orlando Magic owns the No. 1 pick, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. That’s for now, of course. There can be a wealth of trades before the end of the night.

With that in mind, let’s get to my five draft predictions as we count down to Magic is on the Clock.

The Knicks will trade up to No. 4

There have been reports of the Knicks wanting to move into the top five, and Sacramento is an ideal partner. The Knicks have been on the hunt for a franchise lead / combo guard apparently forever, and Jaden Ivey fits the bill. Sacramento already have De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell and are itching to put together a playoff list after swapping for Domantas Sabonis.

New York may send some rotating pieces, this year’s No. 11 pick and a future draft pick to move up to Ivey, who has a tempting talent, but if you listen to most evaluators, Sacramento is not so sure. must completely disregard the positional overlap.

I’m not sure I agree with this move if it happens. I don’t think New York can send Sacramento anything that will change its playoff fortunes in an absolutely charged Western Conference next season, and the Kings should gather as much talent as possible. Becoming a superstar after the Kings, partly for good reason, have already passed Luka Doncic on would be an unimaginable disaster.

Additionally, I do not think Davion Mitchell is a franchise point guard. He’s a great piece. A Gary Payton II type with better points upside. It’s a really good player, but good enough for you to exchange a choice that could have given you Ivey? I’m not sure. But what I think is going to happen, and what I think is going to happen, are two different things, and I think in the end, New York has to take that chance, and Sacramento is angry enough to see the short perspective, especially if there is a player at No. 11 it likes.

2. Chet Holmgren gets the best career

Holmgren is not the betting favorite to become No. 1 overall (that award belongs to Jabari Smith), but the more I think about this, the more I think Holmgren ends up having the best career of this 2022 class. He is legit seven feet with guard skills. His defensive influence could be generational as a monster rim protector with what many describe as off-the-chart instincts.

In addition, Holmgren has plenty of room to grow. At times, he was not even an offensive focal point at Gonzaga. When he starts pulling the NBA big out to the arc as a potential 40 percent plus 3-point shooter and lays the ball on the floor as a playmaker in space, combined with his defensive abilities, Holmgren’s ceiling starts to look pretty high pretty quickly. .

3. Blazers will swap No. 7 with OG Anunoby

Portland managed to swap for Jerami Grant on Wednesday without giving up the No. 7 pick. Now Yahoo’s Chris Haynes reports that the Blazers are trying to use the seventh pick to trade for Toronto’s AND Anunoby. I foresee this agreement falling. It has come this far and Portland will add what it takes to push it over the top.

The blazers have to put a candidate on the floor next season. Damian Lillard is going to itch. They traded CJ McCollum, Norman Powell and Larry Nance Jr. to arm themselves with the assets to upgrade, especially defensively, and to add Grant and Anunoby would be a big step towards strife. It’s too important to be stingy at the last second. The seventh pick does nothing for the Blazers right now, and right now is all Portland needs to think about.

4. No surprises in the top three

There are no real consensus top picks in this class, but having said that, most spotters have Jabari Smith as No. 1 for the Magic, followed by Chet Holmgren for the Thunder and Paolo Banchero for the Rockets. There is talk of a trade at the top, but I do not see that happening. I do not think Jaden Ivey jumps anyone into the top three. I don’t think Holmgren skips Smith as a No. 1 surprise, and Banchero was a pretty sure bet to go to Houston when Christian Wood was traded.

Where there is so much smoke, there is almost always fire. I would be shocked if Collins is not traded, and since Atlanta owns the No. 16 election Thursday night, it’s a pretty strong package. Once the Hawks make that choice, the actual player generally becomes less valuable. He does not rank the same in everyone’s board. Customization / needs with certain trading partners will come into play. The Hawks want to win now, and Collins alone will not give them enough of a power player in return for even being so much of an upgrade over Collins himself. Atlanta needs to spruce up that package, and Election No. 16 achieves that.

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