Best undrafted prospects from 2022 NBA Draft plus coaching insights on top players

Best undrafted prospects from 2022 NBA Draft plus coaching insights on top players

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The 2022 NBA Draft took place Thursday night at Barclays Center in Brooklyn. Here are the best players who went undrafted Thursday, many of whom could soon sign two-way deals with teams across the league. These rankings are based on The Athletic’s Sam Vecenie’s latest Top 100 Big Board, which you can find in our 2022 NBA Draft Guide:

1. Justin Lewis, Marquette
2. Dom Barlow, Overtime Elite
3. Dereon Seabron, NC State
4. Trevion Williams, Purdue
5. Aminu Mohammed, Georgetown
6. Alondes Williams, Wake Forest
7. Jared Rhoden, Seton Hall
8. Jean Montero, Overtime Elite
9. Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers
10. Ziga Samar, Fuelenbrada

2022 NBA Draft picks

First round

1. Paolo Banchero (Duke), F, Orlando Magic
2. Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga), C, Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Jabari Smith Jr. (Auburn), F, Houston Rockets
4. Keegan Murray (Iowa), F, Sacramento Kings
5. Jaden Ivey (Purdue), G, Detroit Pistons
6. Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona), W, Indiana Pacers
7. Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky), W, Portland Trail Blazers
8. Dyson Daniels (G League Ignite), G, New Orleans Pelicans
9. Jeremy Sochan (Baylor), W, San Antonio Spurs
10. Johnny Davis (Wisconsin), G, Washington Wizards
11. Ousmane Dieng (New Zealand Breakers), W, New York Knicks (pick traded to OKC)
12. Jalen Williams (Santa Clara), W, Oklahoma City Thunder
13. Jalen Duren (Memphis), C, Charlotte Hornets (pick traded to DET via NY)
14. Ochai Agbaji (Kansas), W, Cleveland Cavaliers
15. Mark Williams (Duke), C, Charlotte Hornets
16. AJ Griffin (Duke), F, Atlanta Hawks
17. Tari Eason (LSU), F, Houston Rockets
18. Dalen Terry (Arizona), W, Chicago Bulls
19. Jake LaRavia (Wake Forest), F, Minnesota Timberwolves (pick traded to MEM)
20. Malaki Branham (Ohio State), W, San Antonio Spurs
21. Christian Braun (Kansas), W, Denver Nuggets
22. Walker Kessler (Auburn), C, Memphis Grizzlies (pick traded to MIN)
23. David Roddy (Colorado State), F, Philadelphia 76ers (pick traded to MEM)
24. MarJon Beauchamp (G League Ignite), W, Milwaukee Bucks
25. Blake Wesley (Notre Dame), G, San Antonio Spurs
26. Wendell Moore Jr. (Duke), W, Dallas Mavericks (pick traded to MIN via HOU)
27. Nikola Jović (Serbia), F, Miami Heat
28. Patrick Baldwin Jr. (Milwaukee), W, Golden State Warriors
29. TyTy Washington (Kentucky), G, Memphis Grizzlies (pick traded to HOU)
30. Peyton Watson (UCLA), W, Oklahoma City (pick traded to DEN)

Second round

31. Andrew Nembhard (Gonzaga), G, Indiana Pacers
32. Caleb Houstan (Michigan), W, Orlando Magic
33. Christian Koloko (Arizona), C, Toronto Raptors
34. Jaylin Williams (Arkansas), C, Oklahoma City Thunder
35. Max Christie (Michigan State), W, Los Angeles Lakers
36. Gabriele Procida (Vanoli Cremona), W, Portland Trail Blazers (pick traded to DET)
37. Jaden Hardy (G League Ignite), G, Sacramento Kings (pick traded to DAL)
38. Kennedy Chandler (Tennessee), G, San Antonio Spurs
39. Khalifa Diop (Gran Canaria), C, Cleveland Cavaliers
40. Bryce McGowens (Nebraska), W, Minnesota Timberwolves
41. EJ Liddell (Ohio State), F, New Orleans Pelicans
42. Trevor Keels (Duke), W, New York Knicks
43. Moussa Diabaté (Michigan), F / C, LA Clippers
44. Ryan Rollins (Toledo), G, Atlanta Hawks (pick traded to GSW)
45. Josh Minott (Memphis), W, Charlotte Hornets (pick traded to MIN)
46. ​​Ismael Kamagte (Paris Basketball), C, Detroit Pistons (pick traded to DEN via POR)
47. Vince Williams (VCU), W, Memphis Grizzlies
48. Kendall Brown (Baylor), W, Minnesota Timberwolves (pick traded to IND)
49. Isaiah Mobley (USC), F, Cleveland Cavaliers
50. Matto Spagnolo (Vanoli Cremona), G, Minnesota Timberwolves
51. Tyrese Martin (Connecticut), W, Golden State Warriors (pick traded to ATL)
52. Karlo Matkovic (Mega), C, New Orleans Pelicans
53. JD Davison (Alabama), G, Boston Celtics
54. Yannick Nzosa (Unicaja Malaga), C, Washington Wizards
55. Gui Santos (Minas), W, Golden State Warriors
56. Luke Travers (Perth), F, Cleveland Cavaliers
57. Jabari Walker (Colorado), F, Portland Trail Blazers
58. Hugo Besson (New Zealand Breakers), G, Indiana Pacers (pick traded to MIL)

Coaches’ insights

Tobias Bass, an associate news editor for The Athletic, is a former high school and college basketball analyst / scout. In the lead-up to the draft, he solicited opinions on some of this year’s top NBA Draft prospects from a slew of coaches across the country. Here’s some of what they had to say:

SEC assistant coach on Jabari Smith Jr .: “ANDn my opinion, the best prospect in the draft. As everyone knows, he can do everything on the floor. What makes him special is that he’s extremely competitive. Very rarely did I see him not play hard. Top 5 percentile in skill and competitiveness, makes him closer to a unicorn than not. ”

Pac-12 assistant coach on Chet Holmgren:Was a dual threat. Elite rim protector. Could block your shot at one end, then start the break and go coast to coast for a dunk. I was surprised how well he shot the ball from 3. Wasn’t much of a back-to-the-basket player but made up for it in so many other areas. ”

SEC assistant coach on Paolo Banchero:NBA ready game, mismatch problem. Can overpower smaller defensive matchups and can take bigger matchups on the perimeter. Shoots it well from deep. Can run drops on the low post and mid-post and will demand a double team or dig inside. Can switch on pick-and-rolls and guard smaller players in pick-and-rolls. Good spot-up shooter. Can handle and pass for his size. Really high upside. ”

Big Ten assistant coach Keegan Murray:Great skill set, better athlete than you think, legit NBA wing. Tools to be great defender. ”

Big West associated head coach on Jaden Ivey:Elite athlete that gets downhill with ease and is explosive. We recruited him, so we know he had that high motor. He can score in bunches, and we told our guys ‘Don’t get him angry.’ Plays with a chip on his shoulder and reminds me of Jordan Poole. He’s hands down a top-three player in this year’s draft. ”

AAC associate head coach on Bennedict Mathurin: “AND monster cutter and catch / shoot guy. His separation and burst on back cuts is special. No reason he won’t be a 3-and-D for a long time. “

Pac 12 assistant coach on Jalen Williams:Big combo guard who was a nightmare to guard in pick-and-roll situations. Could get downhill and find the open man, or score it himself. Was a tough matchup because of his size. Was able to shoot over most guards in the WCC. Shot it well from 3. I’m not surprised he caught the eye of so many NBA teams. ”

AAC associate head coach on Jalen Duren: “ANDncredible body and upside with emerging skill. Motor comes and goes, but when it’s on, he’s already a monster. ”

SEC assistant coach on AJ Griffin: “Great size, great basketball IQ, sniper shooter but can also put it on the floor and get to the basket or has a good midrange. Great length on the defensive end. Good two-way player… great basketball pedigree. ”

SEC assistant coach on Tari Eason:Modern NBA forward. Very skilled, can catch and shoot with size. Can and makes tough baskets. Will have a great professional career. Will need to improve with guarding the bounce from behind the arc but has great length to alter shots. ”

ACC assistant coach on Jake LaRavia: I really had a different level of appreciation of LaRavia’s game the second half of the season. He has a different level of versatility that he didn’t show as much in the first half of the season. They were genuinely playing him at PG. He can make plays off the dribble via shooting or passing. I told myself, if he could hold his own defensively, he has a chance, because offensively he has the game that can really translate to the next level, and I was really impressed with his game. ”

Atlantic 10 assistant coach on Walker Kessler:Changes the game for any team on the defensive end. Elite shot blocker, and his presence alone in the paint changes the entire dynamic for a team defensively. Must always be aware of where he is on the floor. Still trying to put it together on offense. Can finish well out of pick-and-roll though. ”

SEC assistant coach on Wendell Moore Jr .: “Great size. Shot a great field goal percentage from 2 and 3. Has a high basketball IQ. You have to keep him out of the middle of the floor and try and slow down transition baskets. Tough-as-nails two-way player. Really good feel for the game. Three-level scorer and natural leader. ”

SEC assistant coach on TyTy Washington: “INery skilled guard. Can play the one or off guard due to his shot0making ability. Gets to his spots. High basketball IQ. Three-level level scorer, really good in the pick-and-roll setting his teammates up or scoring. Will need to improve defense. ”

Pac 12 assistant coach on Peyton Watson:Looks the part because of his measurements. Really good athlete. Did not shoot it well. Didn’t have much of an impact this year, so it was hard to gauge how he will fair at the next level. ”

Big Sky head coach on Kendall Brown: “NBA athlete. Not sure his true position. Has to be able to make a 3, or will be a slashing wing. Ballhandling also has to improve. Will flourish in an uptempo style offense best. ”


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