2022 NBA Draft: Knicks will move up to No. 4, Chet Holmgren to have the best career among five bold predictions

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA title a week ago, and now all eyes are on the 2022 NBA Draft set for Thursday night. Orlando Magic owns No. 1, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. That’s for now, of course. There may be a number of trades before the end of the evening.

With that in mind, let’s get to my five draft predictions as we count down to Magic standing on the clock.

The Knicks will trade up to No. 4

There have been reports that the Knicks want to enter the top five, and Sacramento is an ideal partner. The Knicks have been looking for a franchise manager / combo guard seemingly forever, and Jaden Ivey fits the bill. Sacramento already have De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell and want to put together a playoff list after switching for Domantas Sabonis.

New York may send some rotating pieces, this year’s No. 11 pick and a future draft pick to advance for Ivey, who has tempting talent, but if you listen to most evaluators, Sacramento may not have to watch. completely away from the positional overlap.

I’m not sure I would agree with this move if it happens. I do not think New York can send Sacramento anything that will change the playoffs in an absolutely loaded Western Conference next season, and the Kings should gather as much talent as possible. Ivey becoming a superstar after the Kings have already moved on to Luka Doncic, partly for good reasons, would be an unimaginable disaster.

Also, I do not think Davion Mitchell is a franchise pointer. He’s a nice piece. A Gary Payton II type with better scoring upside. He’s a very good player, but good enough to replace a choice that could have made you Ivey? I’m not sure. But what I think will happen and what I think should happen are two different things, and I ultimately believe that New York must take this chance, and Sacramento is uneasy enough to see the short term, especially if it is a player at No. 11 like it.

2. Chet Holmgren wants the best career

Holmgren is not the top favorite to become No. 1 overall (that award belongs to Jabari Smith), but the more I think about this, the more I think Holmgren ends up having the best career from this 2022 class. He is legit seven feet with guard skills. His defensive influence can be generation-based as a monster rim protector with what many describe as instincts off the map.

In addition, Holmgren has plenty of room to grow. Sometimes he was not even an offensive rally on Gonzaga. When he starts pulling the NBA big out to the arc as a potential 40 percent plus 3-point shooter and lays the ball on the floor like a playmaker in the room, combined with his defensive abilities, Holmgren’s ceiling starts to look pretty high pretty quickly.

3. Blazers will swap No. 7 against OG Anunoby

Portland managed to switch for Jerami Grant on Wednesday without giving up number 7. Now Yahoos Chris Haynes reports that the Blazers are trying to use the seventh pick to switch for Toronto AND Anunoby. I predict that this agreement will go down. It’s come this far, and Portland will add what it needs to push it over the top.

The blazers have to put a candidate on the floor next season. Damian Lillard is going to itch. They replaced CJ McCollum, Norman Powell and Larry Nance Jr. to arm themselves with assets to upgrade, especially defensively, and to add Grant and Anunoby would be a big step in the direction of combat. It’s too important to be stingy at the last second. The seventh election does nothing for the Blazers right now, and right now is all Portland needs to think about.

4. No surprises in the top three

There are no real consensus top picks in this class, but having said that, most spots have Jabari Smith as No. 1 for the Magic, followed by Chet Holmgren for the Thunder and Paolo Banchero for the Rockets. There is talk of a trade at the top, but I do not see that happening. I do not think Jaden Ivey jumps anyone into the top three. I do not think Holmgren jumps Smith as a No. 1 surprise, and Banchero was a pretty sure bet to go to Houston the other Christian Wood was traded.

Where there is so much smoke, there is almost always a fire. I would be shocked if Collins is not traded, and since Atlanta owns the No. 16 pick Thursday night, it’s a pretty strong package. When the Hawks make that choice, the actual player becomes less valuable overall. He will not rank the same in everyone’s government. Adaptation / needs with certain trading partners will come into play. The Hawks want to win now, and Collins alone is not going to get them enough of an influential player in return for being so much of an upgrade over Collins himself. Atlanta needs to spice up that package, and Election No. 16 achieves that.