2022 NBA Draft live ratings: Pick-by-pick analysis, full order as Paolo Banchero leads surprising picks


The 2022 NBA Draft is here, but its mysteries are yet to be solved. The mock drafts are being sent out, some consensus has formed, and the fan overreactions are already starting.

Who ends up being the best of our expected top three, Paolo, Chet or Jabari? How will Jaden Ivey handle head guard duties if asked? Will AJ Griffin can find the best form of him again. Can Keegan Murray score in the NBA like he did in college? What about defending?

We won’t find the answers to those questions tonight, but CBS Sports NBA Draft analysts Gary Parrish and Kyle Boone are here to grade the values ​​teams extract from their picks as the night goes on. Follow along here and watch our coverage of the NBA Draft for free all night on CBS Sports HQ here and in the video player on this page.


2022 NBA Draft First Round

Ratings by Gary Parrish

1. orlando magic: P. F. Paolo Banchero, Duke

Even if I had taken Chet Holmgren, I can’t say it’s wrong to take Banchero. I think he’s going to be the most impactful player from the start and the favorite to win Rookie of the Year. This is sensible, although surprising. He’s a big, strong, skilled forward who could be an incredible prop in Orlando. Grade A

two. oklahoma city thunder: C Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga

Concerns about Holmgren’s slim build are legitimate, but he’s such a unique prospect with incredible potential that he’s the right pick here. This 7-foot rim guard who can also rebound it like a guard and hit 3s reliably. He has the highest ceiling in this draft and, for that reason, he shouldn’t go any lower than here. Grade: A+

3. houston rockets: PF Jabari Smith, Auburn

For much of the draft process, Smith was assumed to be the first overall pick. And in a class with three top-tier big-man prospects, Smith became an easy pick when he dropped to third overall. Smith still needs to develop in a lot of ways, but he’s already a great shooter and interchangeable defender who plays with undeniable energy and is a great fit with Jalen Green. Grade: A+

Four. kings of sacrament: P. F. Keegan Murray, Iowa

I like Murray, but it’s not what I would have done. I would have chosen Jaden Ivey. But he made it very clear that he didn’t want to be there. I don’t think that’s enough to explain why they didn’t take it, but I get where the Kings were going with this move. Murray was a great player this season, the second best college basketball player in the country. Grade B

5. detroit pistonsSG Jaden Ivey, Purdue

Ivey is an explosive athlete who plays big and is capable of attacking the rim in a variety of ways. Comparisons of her to Ja Morant don’t really add up for Ivey, but she’s an outstanding player nonetheless. There are questions about whether he’ll really be a point guard in the NBA, but now he’s paired with Cade Cunningham, a natural distributor. Grade: A+

6. Indiana Pacers: S.G. Benedict Mathurin, Arizona

More than any other projected lottery pick, Mathurin is the one whose stock I jumped the most after evaluating him compared to what I thought during the season. You dive in, and what don’t you like? He’s a 6-6 athletic forward who can do a lot of things and has All-Star potential. Grade A

7. Portland Trail Blazers: S.G. Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky

This pick is interesting because it seems that with the Jerami Grant trade the Blazers are trying to improve now. And Sharpe fits in an interesting way from that perspective. But few players in this class have higher ceilings than him. He’s an explosive scorer with ridiculous wing size and athleticism, and one day he could be a great defender with those tools. He probably isn’t ready to do that right away after sitting out last season at Kentucky. Grade: B+

8. new orleans pelicans (of Lakers): SG Dyson Daniels, G-League

Daniels isn’t exactly the prospect past Ignite stars have been, but he’s still a fascinating guard with size who can play with or without the ball. His jump shot, at this point, is the area of ​​greatest concern, but if the Pelicans can pull off that drop, he has a high ceiling. And this Pelicans team is very close to being a legitimate contender, though much of that falls to Zion Williamson. Daniels fits nicely into that core as arguably the best perimeter defender in this draft. Grade: A+

9. San Antonio Spurs: SF Jeremy Sochan, Baylor

Sochan is the rare under-100 high school recruit who becomes a unique top 20 pick. His ability to defend multiple positions and his potential as a shooter are some of the reasons he is a tempting prospect and one of the most versatile players available in this draft. The fact that the Spurs are carrying him speaks volumes; it may not be what I would have done, but that may just mean I’m wrong. Grade A-

10 washington wizards: S.F. Johnny Davis, Wisconsin

Davis went from a mostly anonymous power conference player to a national player of the year candidate in his second season at Wisconsin. I’m not worried about him slipping up at the end of the season, and I think Bradley Beal can see this as a guy who helps you win right away. Grade A-

11. Oklahoma City Thunder (from the Knicks): SF Ousmane Dieng, France

Dieng is a long term investment and is not ready to help you next season. For the Knicks, that probably wasn’t right, so they traded the pick. But for the Thunder, that probably makes sense. He’s a long, skilled prospect who fits into the Thunder’s window and is the type of player they’re building around. Grade A-

12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Scissors): SF Jalen Williams, Santa Clara

Williams probably helped himself more in the pre-draft process than any other available prospect, in large part because he wasn’t featured as a Santa Clara player. But when you see the movie, everything is there. He’s got good size, he really shoots, he’s athletic enough. Grade: B+

13. Detroit Pistons (from Hornets via Knicks): C Jalen Duren, Memphis

Surprising that the Hornets, in need of a center, traded this pick to the Knicks and then the Pistons, but what a move for them to join Ivey and his young core. Duren isn’t the kind of floor space big franchises prefer these days, but he’s such a physical specimen and such a great athlete that there’s probably a place for him in the modern NBA anyway. He would have been a top-five draft pick 20 years ago, and he has a huge advantage in being successful on the rim offense and interior defense. Grade: A+

14 Cleveland Knights: SF Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

I love what Cleveland is doing. They’ve stacked it up with interesting young pieces that they can really play now. Agbaji can change and protect different guys after being the best player in the best team in the country. I think he’s going to be one of the top 10 players in the draft. And no, it is not a finished product. Grade: A+

15. Charlotte Hornets (via Pelicans): C Mark Williams, Duke

Charlotte needed to come out of this draft with a big man, and they can look back and wish they didn’t stick with Duren. But even though Williams isn’t as high on my board as Duren, he can really defend and this is the exact spot I made fun of him all along. He is huge and he controls the paint on defense. There is still a place in the league for these types of guys. Grade: A+

sixteen. atlanta falcons: SF AJ Griffin, Duke

It took Griffin a while to get comfortable at Duke because of a knee injury during preseason that seemed to affect his athletic ability. But the five-star high school recruit, who is the son of NBA assistant coach Adrian Griffin, finally showed glimpses of why he is a lottery talent: He took two spots after the lottery. He could be the best shooter in the draft and now he can play with an elite passer in Trae Young. Grade: A+

17. Houston Rockets (via networks): P. F. Tari Eason, LSU

Eason was a breakout star at LSU after transferring after a first regular season at Cincinnati. He is a versatile attacking option who can guard multiple positions and punish defenses on transition opportunities. With the Rockets, he can play with fellow SEC standout Jabari Smith as a defensive front. My only reservation is that I think there were more talented players available here for a team looking to return to respectability. Grade B

18 Chicago Bulls: S.F. Dalen Terry, Arizona

There are many things that I like about Terry. He is versatile, he is not intimidated by much and he has great confidence. But this seems a bit taller than most people had it. I like that he believes in himself. Grade B

19. Memphis Grizzlies (from Timberwolves): PF Jake LaRavia, Wake Forest

What confuses me here is the trade, where Memphis traded 22 and 29 for 19. But this is what Grizzlies management has done: They find their man and trade him to make sure they get him. I have LaRavia closer to 30 than 20, but the Grizzlies’ draft story has gained credibility with picks like Brandon Clarke and Desmond Bane. Grade B

20. San Antonio Spurs (from raptors): S. F. Malaki Branham, Ohio State

He was the best player available on my board because he’s a winger with size who can really create at a high level. He was taking over the games at the end of the season. He has offense for days and was a top 16 prospect. That kind of season that exceeds expectations is super impressive and could be a steal for a team that often finds them. Grade: A+

twenty-one denver nuggets: SF Christian Braun, Kansas

Braun (pronounced “Brown” for some reason) is a winger with size who can protect his position, make jumpers reliably and finish in transition. He’s the kind of prospect who could flourish with a Nuggets team that already has so many pieces lined up for the future. They need more on the wings, and Braun should be able to contribute early. There were higher-rated prospects available, but this is a solid pick. Grade A-

22. Minnesota Timberwolves (from the Jazz via Grizzlies)

23. Philadelphia 76ers

24. Milwaukee Bucks

25. San Antonio Spurs (from the Celtics)

26. Houston Rockets (from Mavericks)

27. Miami Heat

28. Warriors of the Golden State

29. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Grizzlies)

30. Denver Nuggets (from Suns via Thunder)

Second Round of the 2022 NBA Draft

Ratings by Kyle Boone

31. Indiana Pacers (from Rockets via Cavaliers)

32. Orlando Magic

33. Toronto Raptors (from Pistons via Spurs, Wizards and Bulls)

34. Oklahoma City Thunder

35. Los Angeles Lakers (from Pacers via Bucks and Magic)

36. Detroit Pistons (from the Blazers)

37. Sacramento Kings

38. San Antonio Spurs (from Lakers via Bulls and Wizards)

39. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Spurs via Jazz)

40. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Wizards via Cavaliers)

41. New Orleans Pelicans

42. New York Knicks

43. Los Angeles Clippers

44. Atlanta Falcons

45. Charlotte Hornets

46. ​​Portland Trail Blazers (from Nets via Pistons)

47. Memphis Grizzlies (from Cavaliers via Pelicans and Hawks)

48. Minnesota Wolves

49. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Bulls via Grizzlies, Pistons and Kings)

50. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Nuggets via 76ers)

51. Golden State Warriors (from Raptors via 76ers)

52. New Orleans Pelicans (from Jazz)

53.Boston Celtics

54. Washington Wizards (from Mavericks)

55. Golden State Warriors

56. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Heat via Pacers)

57. Portland Trail Blazers (from Grizzlies via Jazz)

58. Indiana Pacers (from Suns)