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

The Golden State Warriors He won the NBA title a week ago, and now all eyes are on the 2022 NBA Draft scheduled for Thursday night. The Orlando Magic Own option #1, followed by own Oklahoma City Thunder And the Houston Rockets. This is now of course. There may be a large number of trades before the end of the night.

With that in mind, let’s move on to the five draft predictions as we count down the presence of magic around the clock.

1. nicks You will trade up to number 4

There have been reports that the Knicks are looking to move into the top five and that Sacramento is an ideal partner. Nicks have been looking for a seemingly forever franchisor/combo keeper, and Jaden Ivey fits the bill. Sacramento already has De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell and is excited to put the playoff list together after trading with Domantas Sabonis.

New York could send in some periodic chops, picking No. 11 this year and a future draft move to Ivey, who has a baffling talent but if you listen to most evaluators, it’s not a sure bet that Sacramento will completely ignore spot overlap.

I’m not sure I would agree with this step if it happened. I don’t think New York could send Sacramento anything that would alter their playoff fortunes in the fully loaded Western Conference next season, and kings You must accumulate as much talent as possible. Turning Ivy into a star after Kings already died Luka Doncic for the right reasons would be an unfathomable disaster.

Plus, I don’t think Davion Mitchell is a franchise point guard. It is a beautiful piece. Type Gary Payton II with the best results. This is a really good player, but is he good enough that you trade of choice Ivy would have frustrated you? I’m not sure. But what I think is going to happen and what I think should happen are two different things, and I think, ultimately, that New York needs to seize this opportunity, and Sacramento is excited enough to take a short view, especially if there’s a player at No. 11 he likes.

2. Chet Holmgren will have the best career

Holmgren isn’t my favorite bet to top overall (that distinction belongs to Jabari Smith), but the more I think about it, the more I think Holmgren ends up having a career best of the 2022 class. He’s a legit seven foot with guard skills. His defensive effect could be a whole generation as a beast edge protector with what many describe as unfamiliar instincts.

Additionally, Holmgren has plenty of room to grow. At times it wasn’t even Gonzaga’s offensive focal point. When he starts pulling the NBA greats into the arc as a potential 40-plus 3-point shooter and puts the ball on the floor as a playmaker in space, combined with his defensive ability, Holmgren’s roof starts to appear very, very quickly.

3. She will replace the No. 7 Blazers with OG Anunoby

Portland was able to trade for Jerami Grant on Wednesday without giving up the No.7 pick. Now Yahoo Chris Haynes is reporting That the Blazers are trying to use that seventh selection to trade for OG Anunoby in Toronto. I expect this deal to go down. You’ve made it that far, and Portland will add what it needs in order to propel it to the top.

jackets You have To put a contender on the ground next season. Damien Lillard will itch. They exchanged CJ McCollum, Norman Powell, Larry Nance Jr. To arm themselves with the assets needed to upgrade, particularly defensively, adding Grant and Anunoby would be a huge step in the direction of contention. It is very important to be stingy at the last minute. This seventh pick does nothing for the Blazers at the moment, and now it’s all Portlanders need to think about.

4. No surprises in the top three

There’s no real consensus in this category, but nonetheless, most spoofs have Jabari Smith go #1 to Magic, followed by Chet Holmgren to Thunder and Paolo Panchero to The Rockets. There is talk of trading at the top, but I don’t see that happening. I don’t think Jaden Ivey would jump anyone into the top three. I don’t think Holmgren jumps to Smith as a No. 1 surprise, and Banchero was a sure bet to go to Houston the second time Christian Wood was traded.

Where there is this much smoke, there is almost always a fire. I’d be shocked if Collins didn’t trade, and with Atlanta having Option 16 on Thursday night, that’s a pretty solid deal. Once in hawks By choosing, the actual player becomes less valuable overall. It won’t rank the same on everyone’s board. Suitability/need with specific business partners will come into effect. The Hawks want to win now, and Collins alone won’t get them enough of an influential player in exchange for that much of a promotion on Collins himself. Atlanta needs a flavor of that package, and Picker 16 achieves that.