The first moves of the draft day have been made and it may not be the only one.
The Los Angeles Lakers took the 35th choice from Magic, who will receive the next round of selection and money in return.
According to other news, the Sacramento Kings exchanged their 49th choice for Cleveland Cavaliers for financial considerations and drafting rights to Aleksandar Vezenkov.
NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski predicted that “a lot of deals” would be made and the biggest of the day could involve Australians.
Philadelphia Inquirer’s Keith Pompey announced that the 76ers were trying to acquire Eric Gordon and use Matisse as Thybulle’s asset.
Blazers is said to be willing to sign a direct contract for Thybulle, but sources told Pompey that Sixers president Daryl Morey wants to sign a three-team contract to get Gordon.
Sixers have the 23rd choice in this year’s draft and have reportedly bought it aggressively. Philadelphia has also recently been associated with PJ Tucker.
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As for the draft itself, it’s a US college star Jabari Smith Orlando Magic chooses it as the best on Friday [AEST].
ESPN-id Although Adrian Wojnarowski hears whispers, an unexpected decision could shake the draft order.
“There’s a chance tonight of everyone’s boards getting air,” he said.
“I have been told that Paolo Banchero is in the top spot with Jabari Smith today.”
The 19-year-old Smith, who stood out for his Tigers at Auburn University this season as his only college player this year, has become the bookmaker’s favorite and was chosen first in Thursday’s annual college top talent battle.
The 6-foot, 10-inch striker impressed Tigers during the college season, scoring an average of 16.9 points per game, taking 7.4 rebounds and delivering 2.0 assists.
The teenager has a rare combination of size and striking power, deadly precision three-point throwing, and athleticism is likely to make him a defense for any team that recruits him.
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Smith’s biggest rival in choosing first place is expected to be that of Gonzaga University Chet Holmgrenwho is an imposing 7 feet tall.
The 20-year-old Bulldog’s prominent man also offers a combination of state-of-the-art ball handling and footwork and is a professional shock blocker. Holmgren scored an average of 14.1 points per game with Gonza and took 9.9 rebounds.
If Orlando fails to choose Holmgren’s first choice, he will almost certainly go to Oklahoma City Thunder with his second choice.
James Jones, an assistant coach to the U.S. national team at last year’s World Championships under 19, is described by Holmgren as a “Kevin Durant-type player.”
“He has great instincts. He’s the kind of man who can do many different things,” Jones told AFP.
“He is not such a player, he can do a lot of different things, very versatile.
“As a child, a leader, hardworking, great person, very friendly, very friendly and very committed to becoming the best ba
“He’s a player like Kevin Durant in terms of his skill level to do any of these things. He’s obviously not Kevin Durant. But he has that skill, a similar skill set.
Other top talent in the draft include Duke University talent Paolo Bancherowhose third choice was won by the Houston Rockets.
Jaden Iveywho scored an average of 17.3 points per game for Purdue could also be high in the draft, with the Sacramento Kings lurking as a potential destination for the 20-year-old.
From Australia’s point of view, everyone’s eyes are on it Dyson Danielswho are predicted to be in the top 10 in Friday’s draft.
The Portland Trail Blazers and the New Orleans Pelicans are seen as a great opportunity for the Australian draft, although both can be swapped down, adding extra intrigue.
2022 NBA Draft Order
The first round
1. Orlando Magic
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Houston Rockets
4. Sacramento Kings
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Portland Trail Blazers
8. New Orleans Pelicans (Los Angeles Lakersist)
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Washington Wizards
11. New York Knicks
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (Los Angeles Clippers)
13. Charlotte Hornets
14. Cleveland Cavaliers
15. Charlotte Hornets (New Orleans)
16. Atlanta Hawks
17. Houston Rockets (Brooklynist)
18. Chicago Bulls
19. Minnesota Timberwolves
20. San Antonio Spurs (Toronto)
21. Denver Nuggets
22. Memphis Grizzlies (Utah)
23. Philadelphia 76ers
24. Milwaukee Bucks
25. San Antonio Spurs (Bostonist)
26. Houston Rockets (Dallasest)
27. Miami Heat
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Memphis Grizzlies
30. Denver Nuggets (Oklahoma City)
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