Who will be the #1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft? Each year the best college basketball players gather around to be selected by professional basketball teams in the NBA draft. This 2022 NBA mock draft highlights all the top NBA prospects in 2022. For a 2022 NBA mock draft, scouts and basketball lovers look at size, speed, strength, leaping ability, shooting, defense, and talent to decide which player should go where. The latest NBA mock drafts feature the best basketball players and next generation of NBA stars. Who will be the #1 NBA draft pick in 2022? Which basketball players should your team pick in the NBA draft 2022?
The top prospect in the 2022 NBA draft is Chet Holgream, a seven-footer out of Gonzaga who can block shots and score at will. Great college basketball players who will be 2022 NBA first round picks are Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey, and Jabari Smith Jr. In the NBA mock draft round 2, college basketball standouts like forward Caleb Houstan and shooting guard Johnny Juzang should come off the board.
Vote up the best basketball prospects in this year's NBA draft? Help decide who should be the 2022 NBA #1 pick!
- Photo: orlando magic / instagram
Banchero averaged nearly 20 points per game in his only season in Durham, while leading Duke to the Final Four. He's a polished offensive player and creates his own shots with a sweet midrange game. His guard-like passing skills at 6'10" make his potential feel supernatural.
NBA Comparisons: Chris Webber, Julius Randle
- Photo: Detroit Pistons / Instagram
Ivey is an explosive player who pressures the rim at will. His range from deep is a work in progress, but he's added a step-back jumper to his arsenal, which will translate to the next level. Ivey can improve his decision-making on the ball, and his defense needs a push in the right direction. Ivey is a brawny guard with an elite first step and the kind of electric shot-making ability that could make him a star.
NBA Comparisons: Donovan Mitchell, Victor Oladipo
- Photo: NBA.com
A high-flying center, Duren will defend the rim, run the floor and score it efficiently inside the arc at the NBA level. His lob-finishing ability makes him a perfect fit in the modern pick-and-roll game. Duren is a physically imposing force who bullied players in college. That won't translate, but his toughness in the paint will. He's got extremely long arms and big hands, which help him control the ball at both ends. He’s a quick leaper and gets high above the rim with ease. Lock him in as your team's rim protector from day one. With a massive 7-5 wingspan and a rock solid frame he’s got all the tools to be a big time NBA center. Plus, he's 18 months younger than Chet.
NBA Comparisons: DeAndre Jordan, Robert Williams
The Iowa star disappeared down the stretch in the NCAA tournment while the Hawkeyes got bounced in an upset. While you hate to see it, Murray's stat line still looked nice: 21 points, nine rebounds on 8-of-15 shooting. Murray is a perfect modern-day stretch big with a combo of shooting and scoring. He's one of the most plug-and-play prospects of the draft.
NBA Comparisons: Pascal Siakam, Al Horford
- Photo: Wikimedia Commons (CC-BY)
Last year, Agbaji tested the draft waters and ultimately returned to school to improve his draft stock. Mission accomplished. As a senior with KU this season, Agbaji shot over 40% from 3-point land. He embraced his role as the team's alpha scorer and -- oh, by the way -- led the Jayhawks to a national title. Coming out as 22-year-old, the theoretical “upside” is more limited, but like Chris Duarte last year, Agbaji's NBA-ready body, defensive intensity and outside shooting scream NBA role player right away.
NBA Comparisons: Desmond Bane, Chris Duarte
- Photo: Indiana Pacers / Instagram
Mathurin closed the season strong, highlighted by a 30-point explosion in the NCAA Tournament vs. TCU. Mathurin has showcased how elite a talent he is. He's a dynamic offensive weapon who knocks down outside shots at a high level. He isn't a one-trick pony as a two-guard either. With a high IQ, he has an ability to make things happen with the ball in his hands and he's a smart off-ball player as a cutter as well.
NBA Comparisons: Jamal Crawford, Caris LeVert