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Dick Vitale's 2022 NBA mock draft

Which future superstars will be picked in the first round of the NBA draft on Thursday night? Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

I'm excited about the NBA draft. This year, there is a deep group of talented players that will join the world's greatest athletes.

I believe there will be several second-round choices contributing meaningful minutes to earn Rookie of the Year consideration, but let's take a look at my projection for what should be a super, scintillating, sensational first round!

1. Orlando Magic -- Jabari Smith, Auburn
2. Oklahoma City Thunder -- Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga
3. Houston Rockets -- Paolo Banchero, Duke
4. Sacramento Kings -- Jaden Ivey, Purdue
5. Detroit Pistons -- Keegan Murray, Iowa
6. Indiana Pacers -- Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky
7. Portland Trail Blazers -- Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona
8. New Orleans Pelicans -- Jalen Duren, Memphis
9. San Antonio Spurs -- Ousmane Dieng, NZ Breakers
10. Washington Wizards -- Dyson Daniels, G League Ignite
11. New York Knicks -- AJ Griffin, Duke
12. Oklahoma City Thunder -- Johnny Davis, Wisconsin
13. Charlotte Hornets -- Mark Williams, Duke
14. Cleveland Cavaliers -- Ochai Agbaji, Kansas
15. Charlotte Hornets -- Wendell Moore Jr., Duke
16. Atlanta Hawks -- Jeremy Sochan, Baylor
17. Houston Rockets -- Jalen Williams, Santa Clara
18. Chicago Bulls -- Tari Eason, LSU
19. Minnesota Timberwolves -- Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee
20. San Antonio Spurs -- Jaden Hardy, G League Ignite
21. Denver Nuggets -- Malaki Branham, Ohio State
22. Memphis Grizzlies -- Nikola Jovic, Mega Mozzart
23. Philadelphia 76ers -- TyTy Washington Jr., Kentucky
24. Milwaukee Bucks -- Dalen Terry, Arizona
25. San Antonio Spurs -- Christian Braun, Kansas
26. Houston Rockets -- E.J. Liddell, Ohio State
27. Miami Heat -- Blake Wesley, Notre Dame
28. Golden State Warriors -- Walker Kessler, Auburn
29. Memphis Grizzlies -- Kendall Brown, Baylor
30. Denver Nuggets -- Andrew Nembhard, Gonzaga