NBA Draft Special Section
The NBA draft will be presented tonight at 8pm on RDS Info and RDS Direct. The event will also be shown on RDS2 following the conclusion of the Memorial Cup game, as well as on a free webcast.
On Thursday evening the Orlando Magic took some observers by surprise, placing Paolo Banchero in first place overall in the NBA Draft.
The Charlotte Hornets turned to Chet Holmgren with second overall pick. Smith Jr. was eventually selected by the Houston Rockets, with the third overall pick.
Banchero, who is a Duke University product, seemed surprised himself when his selection was announced.
“I don’t even know what to say,” Banchero told ESPN moments after his selection. “I can’t believe what just happened. Honestly.”
A 6-foot 10 forward, Banchero helped Duke reach the Final Four during manager Mike Krzyzewski’s final season. He averaged 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists in his only season with the Blue Devils.
The Magic, with a record of 22-60, had the league’s second worst record in 2021-22. They have missed the playoffs for the past two seasons.
She joins a young Magic lineup, which she decided to rebuild last year and split from veterans Nikola Vucevic, Aaron Gordon, and Evan Fournier.
It will bring them his size, his physical density, but also an outside shot, a rebound and an above average passing quality.
“I want to win, bring Orlando back to the playoffs,” the former Duke No. 5.
Great-grandson of an Italian national team, Paolo Banchero, born in the United States, obtained citizenship in 2020 and indicated that he wanted to wear the colors of the Italian national team.
Holmgren with the Thunder, Smith Jr. slips to 3rd place overall
Earlier in the day, he was allowed to learn that Jabari Smith Jr, of Auburn University, was the “favorite” to be elected by the Florida team.
While Banchero surprised everyone by being the first choice, Holmgren still had to go to Oklahoma City with the second choice. A 7-footer from Gonzaga, Holmgren displayed a wide range of skill in his one season in college, averaging 14.1 points on 60 percent of shots and 39 percent of pulling 3 points on all, while taking 9, 9 rebounds and stopping 3.7 shots in 26.9 minutes over 32 games.
Smith, 19, averaged 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds in his only season at Auburn, shooting 43% from the field and 42% from 3 points. Against teams ranked in the Top 25 of theAssociated Press when they faced Auburn, Smith averaged 20.8 points and 6.4 rebounds.
It is the fourth time that Orlando has obtained the first choice. The Magic picked Shaquille O’Neal with the # 1 pick in 1992. Chris Webber was Orlando’s # 1 pick in 1993, and that same night he was traded with Penny Hardaway and a bunch of future picks that were eventually handed over to Vince Carter and, later, Mike Miller. And in 2004, the Magic picked Dwight Howard with the first pick.
Banchero joins a young core from Orlando that already includes Markelle Fultz, the first pick of 2017, two of the top eight picks in the 2021 draft, Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs, and Cole Anthony, the fifteenth pick in the 2020 draft.
Bennedict Mathurin was selected 6th overall by the Indiana Pacers. Mathurin then becomes the first Quebecer enlisted in NBA history. Mathurin, a 6’6 “, 210-pound athlete who was recently invited to train under the watchful eyes of the Pistons, Pacers and Trail Blazers, shone last year in his second season with the Edmonton Wildcats. University of Arizona in NCAA.
Another Canadian was enlisted soon after Mathurin, the Shaedon Sharpe of Kentucky from Ontario, by the Portland Trail Blazers.
At the start of last season, there were 18 Canadian players in the NBA – a maximum for non-US-born players, for the eighth consecutive year.
AJ Griffin (Duke) was enlisted 16th by the Hawks. He is the son of Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin, who played nine seasons in the NBA.
Toronto enlists teammate Mathurin
On Thursday, the Toronto Raptors set their sights on Christian Koloko with their only 2022 draft pick.
The seven foot center played for the University of Arizona, most notably with Bennedict Mathurin.
The Cameroonian was chosen with the third choice of the second round of the repechage, 33rd overall.
He was named Pac-12 Defensive Player of the Year, Most Improved Player and earned a spot on the Pac-12 Division first team.
The Raptors acquired the pick on February 10 via an exchange with the San Antonio Spurs.
Drew Eubanks, Thaddeus Young and a round two pick, originally from the Detroit Pistons, were traded to the Raptors for the services of Goran Dragic and a round one pick at the 2022 auction.
NBA Draft Round 1 Table :
|1. Orlando||Paolo Banchero||Strong forward||duke|
|2. Oklahoma City||Chet Holmgren||Strong forward||Gonzaga|
|3. Houston||Jabari Smith||Strong forward||Auburn|
|4. Sacrament||Keegan Murray||Strong forward||Iowa|
|5. Detroit||Jaden Ivy||To maintain||Purdue|
|7. Portland||Shaedon Sharpe||
|8. New Orleans||Dyson Daniels||Head||Ignition of the G league|
|9. Saint Anthony||Jeremy Sochan||Strong forward||Baylor|
|10. Washington||Johnny Davis||To maintain||Wisconsin|
|11. Oklahoma City||Ousmane Dieng||Wing||Switches (NZ)|
|12. Oklahoma City||Jalen Williams||To maintain||Santa Clara|
|13. Charlotte||Jalen Duren||Center||Memphis|
|15. Charlotte||Marco williams||Center||duke|
|16. Atlanta||AJ Griffin||Wing||duke|
|18. Chicago||Dalen Terry||Head||Arizona|
|19. Minnesota||Jake La Ravia||Strong forward||WakeForest|
|20. St. Anthony||Malaki Branham||To maintain||State of Ohio|
|21. Denver||Christian Brown||To maintain||Kansas|
|22. Memphis||Walker Kessler||Center||Auburn|
|23. Memphis||David Roddy||Strong forward||State of Colorado|
|24. Milwaukee||Mar Jon Beauchamp||To maintain||Ignition of the G league|
|25. St. Anthony||Blake Wesley||To maintain||Our lady|
|26. Minnesota||Wendell Moore Jr.||Wing||duke|
|27. Miami||Nikola Jovic||Wing||Mega Mozart (Serbia)|
|28. Golden state||Patrick Baldwin Jr.||Wing||Milwaukee|
|29. Memphis||Ty Ty Washington Jr.||Head||Kentucky|
|30. Denver||peyton watson||Wing||UCLA|