2022 NBA Draft: Knicks will trade to No. 4, Chet Holmgren has best career in five bold predictions

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA championship a week ago, and now all eyes are on Thursday night’s 2022 NBA draft. The Orlando Magic have the No. 1 overall pick, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. Of course, this is only now. There could be a lot of trades before the end of the night.

With that in mind, let’s take a look at my five draft predictions as we count down time for the Magic.

1. Knicks will trade to No. 4

There are reports that the Knicks are looking to make the top five, and Sacramento is an ideal partner. The Knicks seem to be forever looking for a lead/combination guard, and Jaden Ivey fits the bill. Sacramento already has De’Aaron Fox and David Mitchell and is eager to put a playoff roster together after trading for Domantas Sabonis.

New York could send some rotation players, this year’s 11th overall pick and future picks to elevate Ivey, he has tantalizing talent, but if you listen to most evaluators, Sacramento doesn’t need to completely ignore that The bet positions overlap.

If that happens, I’m not sure I’d agree with the move. I don’t think New York can bring anything to Sacramento that will change the fortunes of the Western Conference playoffs next season, and the Kings should gather as much talent as they can. After the Kings waived Luka Doncic in part for health reasons, it would be an unfathomable disaster for Ivey to become a superstar.

Also, I don’t think Davion Mitchell is the team’s point guard. He is a good work. Gary Payton II, with more room for improvement. That’s a very good player, but enough for you to trade a pick that would get you Ivey? I’m not sure. But what I think will happen and what I think should happen are two different things, and I think, at the end of the day, New York needs to take this opportunity, and Sacramento is already fidgeting and can’t be short-sighted, especially if there’s a player it likes in 11th place.

2. Chet Holmgren will have the best career

Holmgren isn’t the No. 1 favorite overall (that distinction belongs to Jabari Smith), but the more I think about it, the more I think Holmgren will end up having the best career in 2022. He’s a legal seven feet and has linebacker skills. His defensive clout can be passed down from generation to generation as a monster rim protector, described by many as more than instinctive.

In addition, Holmgren has a lot of room to grow. Sometimes he wasn’t even the focal point of Gonzaga’s offense. When he starts pulling NBA bigs to the 3-point line as a potential 40%+ 3-point shooter and shooting the ball in space as a playmaker, combined with his defensive ability, Holmgren’s ceiling is great. It starts to look pretty tall soon.

3. Blazers traded No. 7 to OG Anunoby

Portland successfully traded for Jerami Grant on Wednesday without giving up the No. 7 overall pick.Yahoo now Chris Haynes reports The Blazers are trying to trade Toronto’s OG Anunoby with the seventh overall pick. I predict this deal will fail. It’s gotten to this point, and Portland will add what it needs to push it to the top.

Blazers Have Let next season’s contenders play. Damian Lillard would itch. They traded CJ McCollum, Norman Powell and Larry Nance Jr. to arm themselves with upgraded assets, especially on the defensive end, and the addition of Grant and Anunoby would be a big step in the competitive direction. step. Being stingy at the last second is so important. The No. 7 pick doesn’t do the Blazers any favors right now, and it’s everything Portland needs to think about right now.

4. The top three are not unexpected

There’s no real consensus top pick at this level, but that said, most simulations have Jabari Smith as the Magic’s No. 1 pick, followed by Chet Holmgren to the Thunder and Paul Banchero to the Rockets team. There’s talk of a deal at the top, but I don’t think that’s going to happen. I don’t think Jaden Ivey will get anyone into the top three. I don’t think Holmgren will overtake Smith as No. 1 in surprising fashion, and Banchero is pretty sure to head to Houston after Christian Wood is traded.

Where there is so much smoke there is almost always a fire. I’d be shocked if Collins wasn’t traded, and Atlanta had the No. 16 pick on Thursday night, which is a very strong package. Once the Eagles make that choice, the actual player becomes less valuable overall. He’s not going to rank the same on everyone’s board. Fit/needs with certain trading partners will come into play. The Hawks want to win right now, and Collins alone doesn’t bring them enough impact players in exchange for an upgrade to Collins himself. Atlanta needed to spice up the package, and the No. 16 pick did just that.

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