The 2022 NBA draft is in the books and it started off with drama.
There was lots of speculation that Auburn's Jabari Smith Jr. would go number one, but the Orlando Magic surprised many by choosing Paolo Banchero from Duke. I believe the Magic made the right decision because they need an immediate impact player and Banchero will fill that role. I feel he will be a big star at the next level.
I love what the Detroit Pistons did, adding Jaden Ivey and Jalen Duren. Ivey will team up with Cade Cunningham to form a dynamic duo -- I love their potential. Dwayne Casey's team should improve next season.
The Portland Trail Blazers took the mystery man, Shaedon Sharpe, who has looked super in video highlights. He practiced with Kentucky but did not play with the Wildcats. The key to playing in the NBA will be Sharpe's ability to respond in game situations. He is going to a perfect place to grow as the Blazers are in a rebuilding mode.
I loved the Charlotte Hornets picking up Mark Williams from Duke. The 7-2 defensive wizard is a terrific shot-blocker and rim protector. Michael Jordan's club took a player from his beloved Tar Heels' biggest rival, but I believe Williams will be special within three years.
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