Wednesday, July 6, 2022

The 2022 NBA Draft’s top-five pick is like a partner draft

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The starting lineup for the 2022 NBA Draft is exactly what we thought was an enthusiastic turning point. Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivey and Keegan Murray flew off the shelf to start tonight’s game. After reports earlier in the day that the Orlando Magic were sinking their hooks into Jabari Smith, an atomic Woj bomb threw the top five into the blender.

The top five might not exude the death-line aura that the top five picks in the 2018 draft (Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Trae Young, Luka Dončić and Jaren Jackson Jr.) exuded. We may not know for a few seasons if Banchero, Holmgren, Ivey, Murray and Smith are the cornerstones of their new team, but they may end up being pillars of genius in addition to their respective superstar teammates .


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