2022 NBA Draft grades: Decide-by-pick evaluation of all 58 alternatives in night time the place the surprises began at 1

The 2022 NBA Draft got here with expectations and appeared to interrupt all of them. What a wild Thursday night time. And we nonetheless have questions: Did the Magic make the best transfer? Did the Pistons change their franchise in a giant method? What is going to occur with the Knicks’ free company ambitions?

We won’t reply these questions tonight, however CBS Sports activities NBA Draft analysts Gary Parrish and Kyle Boone had been right here to grade the values that groups extract from their picks because the night time goes on.

2022 NBA Draft First Spherical

Grades by Gary Parrish

1. Orlando Magic: PF Paolo Banchero, Duke

Despite the fact that I’d have taken Chet Holmgren, I can not say it is mistaken to take Banchero. I believe he’ll be essentially the most impactful participant proper from the soar and the favourite to win Rookie of the Yr. That is wise, if stunning. He is a giant, robust and expert ahead who might be an unbelievable constructing block in Orlando. Grade: A

2. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder: C Chet Holmgren, Gonzaga

The considerations about Holmgren’s slight body are professional — however he is such a novel prospect with unbelievable potential that he is the best decide right here. This 7-foot rim-protector who may also bounce it like a guard and reliably make 3-pointers. He has the best ceiling on this draft and, for that cause, ought to go no decrease than right here. Grade: A+

3. Houston Rockets: PF Jabari Smith, Auburn

For a lot of the draft course of, Smith was assumed to be the No. 1 general decide. And in a category with three high-level large males prospects, Smith turned a simple decide when he slipped to 3rd general. Smith nonetheless must develop in a number of methods however is already an excellent shooter and switchable defender who performs with simple power and matches properly with Jalen Inexperienced. Grade: A+

4. Sacramento Kings: PF Keegan Murray, Iowa

I like Murray, however it’s not what I’d have executed. I’d have taken Jaden Ivey. However he made it crystal clear he did not wish to be there. I do not suppose that is sufficient to clarify not taking him, however I do perceive the place the Kings had been going with this transfer. Murray was an incredible participant this season — the second-best faculty basketball participant within the nation. Grade: B

5. Detroit Pistons: SG Jaden Ivey, Purdue

Ivey is an explosive athlete who performs large and is able to attacking the rim in a wide range of methods. Comparisons to Ja Morant do not actually add up for Ivey, however he is an impressive participant nonetheless. There are questions on whether or not he is truly going to be a degree guard within the NBA, however now he is paired with Cade Cunningham, a pure distributor.  Grade: A+

6. Indiana Pacers: SG Bennedict Mathurin, Arizona

Greater than every other projected lottery decide, Mathurin is the one whose inventory I raised essentially the most after evaluating him in comparison with what I assumed through the season. You dive in, and what’s to not like? He is a 6-6 athletic wing who can do loads of issues and has All-Star potential. Grade: A

7. Portland Path Blazers: SG Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky

This decide is attention-grabbing as a result of it appears with the Jerami Grant commerce that the Blazers try to get good now. And Sharpe is an attention-grabbing match from that perspective. However few gamers on this class have larger ceilings than him. He is an explosive scorer with ridiculous measurement for the wing and athleticism, and he may at some point be a plus defender with these instruments. He is simply doubtless not prepared to try this immediately after not taking part in final season at Kentucky. Grade: B+

8. New Orleans Pelicans (from Lakers): SG Dyson Daniels, G League

Daniels is not fairly the prospect earlier Ignite stars have been however remains to be a captivating guard with measurement who can play with or with out the ball. His jumper, at this level, is the most important space of concern, but when the Pelicans can get that falling, he has a excessive ceiling. And this Pelicans crew may be very near being a professional contender — although loads of that falls on Zion Williamson. Daniels matches actually properly into that core as arguably the very best perimeter defender on this draft. Grade: A+

9. San Antonio Spurs: SF Jeremy Sochan, Baylor

Sochan is the uncommon sub-100 highschool recruit who turns into a one-and-done top-20 decide. His means to protect a number of positions, and his potential as a shooter, are among the many causes he is a tantalizing prospect and one of the crucial versatile gamers obtainable on this draft. The truth that the Spurs are taking him says rather a lot; it won’t be what I’d have executed, however which will merely imply I’m mistaken. Grade: A-

10. Washington Wizards: SF Johnny Davis, Wisconsin

Davis went from a largely nameless power-conference participant to a candidate for nationwide participant of the 12 months in his sophomore season at Wisconsin. I do not fear about his slip on the finish of the season, and I believe Bradley Beal can have a look at this as a man who helps you win immediately. Grade: A-

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

Dieng is a long-term funding, and he isn’t prepared that will help you subsequent season. For the Knicks, that in all probability was not proper, in order that they traded the decide. However for the Thunder, that in all probability is smart. He is an extended and expert prospect who matches the Thunder’s window and is the kind of participant they’re constructing round. Grade: A-

12. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder (from Clippers): SF Jalen Williams, Santa Clara

Williams in all probability helped himself extra within the pre-draft course of than every other prospect obtainable, largely as a result of he wasn’t spotlighted as a Santa Clara participant. However if you watch the movie, it is all there. He is received good measurement, he actually shoots it, he is athletic sufficient. Grade: B+

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

Stunning that the Hornets, who want a middle, traded this decide to the Knicks after which the Pistons, however what a transfer for them to hitch Ivey and their younger core. Duren is not the kind of floor-spacing large franchises desire nowadays, however he is such a bodily specimen and nice athlete that there is in all probability a spot for him within the trendy NBA anyway. He’d have been a prime 5 decide 20 years in the past, and he is received nice upside to achieve success in rim-attacking offense and inside protection. Grade: A+

14. Cleveland Cavaliers: SF Ochai Agbaji, Kansas

I like what Cleveland is doing. They’ve stockpiled it with attention-grabbing younger items who can actually play now. Agbaji can change and guard completely different guys after being the very best participant on the very best crew within the nation. I believe he’ll be one of many 10 finest gamers within the draft. And no, he isn’t a completed product. Grade: A+

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

Charlotte wanted to come back out of this draft with a giant man, and so they might look again and remorse that they did not keep on with Duren. However whereas Williams is just not as excessive on my board as Duren was, he actually can defend and that is the precise spot I had him mocked all alongside. He is big and controls the paint on protection. There’s nonetheless a spot within the league for these kind of guys. Grade: A+

16. Atlanta Hawks: SF AJ Griffin, Duke

It took Griffin a short while to get comfy at Duke due to a preseason knee harm that appeared to have an effect on his athleticism. However the five-star highschool recruit, who’s the son of NBA assistant coach Adrian Griffin, finally confirmed glimpses of why he is a lottery expertise — taken two spots after the lottery. He is likely to be the very best shooter within the draft and now will get to play with an elite passer in Trae Younger. Grade: A+

17. Houston Rockets (through Nets): PF Tari Eason, LSU

Eason was a breakout star at LSU after transferring following a so-so first season at Cincinnati. He is a flexible frontcourt possibility who can guard a number of positions and punish defenses in transition alternatives. With the Rockets he can play with fellow SEC standout Jabari Smith as a defensive frontcourt. My solely reservation is I believe there have been extra proficient gamers obtainable right here for a crew that’s trying to get again to respectability. Grade: B

18. Chicago Bulls: SF Dalen Terry, Arizona

There’s loads of stuff I like about Terry. He is versatile, does not get rattled by a lot and has nice confidence. However this appears a bit larger than most individuals had him. I like that he believes in himself. Grade: B

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

The complicated factor right here to me is the commerce, the place Memphis traded 22 and 29 for 19. However that is what the Grizzlies’ entrance workplace have executed: They discover their man and commerce up to ensure they get him. I’ve LaRavia nearer to 30 than 20, however the Grizzlies’ draft historical past has earned credibility with picks like Brandon Clarke and Desmond Bane. Grade: B

20. San Antonio Spurs (from Raptors): SF Malaki Branham, Ohio State

He was the very best obtainable man on my board as a result of he is a wing with measurement who can genuinely create at a excessive stage. He was taking on video games by the tip of the season. He is received offense for days and was a prime 16 prospect. That form of expectation-exceeding season is tremendous spectacular and he might be a steal for a crew that always finds them. Grade: A+

21. Denver Nuggets: SF Christian Braun, Kansas

Braun (pronounced “Brown” for some cause) is a wing with measurement who can guard his place, reliably make jumpers and end in transition. He is the kind of prospect who may flourish with a Nuggets crew that has so many items already in place for the long run. They want extra on the wings, and Braun ought to have the ability to contribute early. There have been higher-graded prospects obtainable, however it is a robust decide. Grade: A-

22. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Jazz through Grizzlies): C Walker Kessler, Auburn

Kessler was arguably the very best defensive participant in faculty basketball this previous season whereas averaging 4.6 blocks per sport for an Auburn crew that spent a part of the season ranked No. 1. He is an unbelievable rim-protector with the potential to additionally turn into a cushty perimeter shooter. Grade: A+

23. Memphis Grizzlies (from 76ers): SG David Roddy, Colorado State

Getting this decide price the Grizzlies De’Anthony Melton, however he seemed to be dropping favor with the teaching workers. Most individuals did not have a first-round grade on Roddy as a result of he has an uncommon physique for an NBA wing participant. However that is what the Grizzlies do, as I stated within the LaRavia grade: They traded as much as get their man, despite the fact that he was a extra skilled faculty participant than many groups need. Grade: B

24. Milwaukee Bucks: SF MarJon Beauchamp, G League

There are fairly just a few guys on my board who’re above him, however that does not imply it is a dangerous decide. He performs extraordinarily laborious, and along with his athleticism and measurement, that might make him an actual optimistic issue. He will want to determine his jumper, however his ceiling is there. Grade: B

25. San Antonio Spurs (from Celtics): SG Blake Wesley, Notre Dame

Wesley wasn’t a constant participant for the Irish, however he flashes loads of the issues that capturing guards want in right this moment’s NBA. The one man obtainable larger on my large board is TyTy Washington, however Wesley has the athleticism and abilities to show into one thing with an excellent teaching workers. Grade: A-

26. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Mavericks through Rockets): SF Wendell Moore, Duke

Moore proved rather a lot to me in his final 12 months at Duke. He received considerably higher. A recurring theme tonight is that 6-5 guys who could make pictures are helpful. He can guard a number of positions, play a number of roles and provide good effort each night time. Grade: B

27. Miami Warmth: SF Nikola Jovic, Serbia 

Jovic has a ton of talent to go together with measurement. The capturing percentages aren’t nice, however do not let that idiot you. He is younger, and he would possibly want a short while to be impactful for a franchise like Miami. He’ll have to work on his physique, however he can dribble, go and shoot. Grade: B

28. Golden State Warriors: PF Patrick Baldwin Jr., Milwaukee

I like this for Golden State particularly. Who’re they taking this late that’s going to assist them instantly? In all probability no person. So that they take the large swing! Baldwin would have been a top-10 decide if we would executed this draft a 12 months in the past. Nice measurement, stunning shot and a worthwhile danger. Grade: A

29. Houston Rockets (from Grizzlies through Timberwolves): PG TyTy Washington Jr., Kentucky

One of the best prospect obtainable lastly comes off. Washington proved he can play level guard and off the ball, which makes him extremely versatile. That is three SEC gamers at completely different positions for the Rockets, and so they complement one another properly. Grade: A+

30. Denver Nuggets (from Suns through Thunder): SF Peyton Watson, UCLA

Watson did not play a lot at UCLA, and a few of that was on him, however he went to a crew that returned principally each significant piece from a Remaining 4 run. However in case you’re a believer in what you noticed earlier than UCLA — in case you consider within the spotlight reel — you then’re getting a prime 10-15 participant in his class on the backside of the primary spherical. Grade: B-

2022 NBA Draft Second Spherical

Grades by Kyle Boone

31. Indiana Pacers (from Rockets through Cavaliers): PG Andrew Nembhard, Gonzaga

Nembhard has good positional measurement and is a dependable shooter and distributor who can play each on and off the ball, making him a protected choice. His lack of explosiveness and skill to separate might hold him from taking on as a beginning caliber participant, however his manufacturing may assist him stick as a depth piece on a Pacers crew that wants extra PG expertise within the pipeline. Grade: B

32. Orlando Magic: SG Caleb Houstan, Michigan

Orlando will get a top quality addition with has a five-star pedigree, nice positional measurement and high-ceiling capturing vary. He had some inconsistencies throughout his brief stint in faculty however might be a pleasant piece of depth so as to add to an thrilling younger core that features Banchero, Franz Wagner and Jalen Suggs. I had him No. 32 in my rankings and he went No. 32. Grade: A

33. Toronto Raptors (from Pistons through Spurs, Wizards and Bulls): C Christian Koloko, Arizona

This can be a draft brief on true heart prospects and Koloko’s a really proficient rim-protector who earned Pac-12 Defensive Participant of the Yr honors final season, so I perceive the attraction. However this seems like a slight attain right here for the Raptors on somebody I had ranked within the late 40s. Grade: C+

34. Oklahoma Metropolis Thunder: PF Jaylin Williams, Arkansas

Williams led all of faculty hoops final season in prices taken (54) and brings with him to Oklahoma Metropolis a well-rounded two-way sport and excessive basketball IQ. He was somebody I assumed might be a late first spherical decide so the Thunder grabbing him early within the second to pair subsequent to Holmgren is a great transfer. Grade: B

35. Los Angeles Lakers (from Pacers through Bucks and Magic): SG Max Christie, Michigan State

Getting Christie at 35 after he completed ranked No. 34 within the CBS Sports activities High 100 makes this an honest worth, however the match and touchdown spot is a query. The previous five-star recruit has good positional measurement and a great capturing stroke however developmentally he isn’t fairly able to be a rotational participant within the NBA – a lot much less for a contender within the Lakers. Grade: B-

36. Detroit Pistons (from Blazers): SF Gabriele Procida, Italy

Procida brings nice positional measurement and tasks as a top quality shooter after exhibiting some promising improvement during the last 12 months. He is in all probability a stash candidate who will not be within the NBA for some time, although, and as somebody who was ranked outdoors our second spherical projections it is tough to see the worth at No. 36. Grade: C

37. Dallas Mavericks (from Kings): PG Jaden Hardy, G League

Love, love, love this decide worth and particularly the Mavericks touchdown spot for Hardy, whom I had ranked as a top-20 expertise. He struggled from an effectivity standpoint within the G League Ignite final season however nonetheless led the crew in scoring and developed a extremely spectacular offensive repertoire within the course of. Grade: A+

38. Memphis Grizzlies (from Lakers through Bulls, Wizards and Spurs): PG Kennedy Chandler, Tennessee

After measuring simply shy of six-foot with out footwear on the NBA Draft Mix, shortest amongst all individuals, Chandler slid all the way in which to No. 38 regardless of a transparent first-round expertise profile. That is the Grizzlies’ achieve right here, as they add a dynamic, speedy level guard who was ranked because the No. 22 participant in our remaining prospect rankings. Grade: A

39. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Spurs through Jazz): C Khalifa Diop, Senegal

Diop is a participant I did not have a top-60 grade on but in addition do not hate as a flier right here. He is a big-bodied heart with good bodily instruments and rim-running means to go together with an attention-grabbing pedigree because the winner of the EuroCup’s Rising Star Award, which previously has been gained by Kristaps Porzingis and Jonas Valančiūnas. Grade: C

40. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Wizards through Cavaliers): SF Bryce McGowens, Nebraska

That is proper across the vary the place McGowens was ranked and projected. I like his sport fairly a bit and he was actually deadly taking part in on and off the ball, which may enhance his worth within the NBA given his versatility to play a number of positions within the backcourt. Grade: B+

41. New Orleans Pelicans: PF E.J. Liddell, Ohio State

Didn’t count on Liddell to slide out of the primary spherical – a lot much less into the 40s. He is perhaps a smidge undersized for an influence ahead however performs above his top and may area the ground as a 3-point risk. First-round expertise. Grade: A

42. New York Knicks: PG Trevor Keels, Duke

New York provides a participant who I had a first-round grade on at No. 42. He is a bodily mature one-and-done from Duke who brings nice defensive depth and generally is a good change-of-pace guard who slashes and scores. Grade: A

43. Los Angeles Clippers: PF Moussa Diabate, Michigan

Diabate would have benefited from another faculty season. He has an attention-grabbing pedigree profile as a former five-star recruit to go together with good measurement for a giant man, however outdoors of a go-to jump-hook, he lacks polish as an offensive weapon and remains to be fairly uncooked. Grade: C+

44. Golden State Warriors (from Hawks): SG Ryan Rollins, Toledo

Very good addition right here for the Warriors in grabbing Rollins, who I had as a top-30 prospect in my rankings, at No. 44. High quality scorer who could make pictures in a wide range of methods and actually thrived attending to his spots and lifting over defenders within the mid-range in his two seasons at Toledo. Grade: A

45. Charlotte Hornets: PF Josh Minott, Memphis

Daring decide right here, so I will give some further credit score for that. Minott is a really toolsy participant with a giant body and good leaping means. Nevertheless, he is very a lot a uncooked and unfinished product, significantly on offense the place he’s largely only a slasher at this level. The Timberwolves will should be affected person in his improvement. Grade: B

46. Portland Path Blazers (from Nets through Pistons): C Ismael Kamagate, France

The 6-11 large has some attention-grabbing bodily instruments between along with his measurement and size. I actually like his ending means above the rim, however he’s a really uncooked and unfinished product who remains to be studying the sport. Grade: B-

47. Memphis Grizzlies (from Cavaliers through Pelicans and Hawks): SG Vince Williams, VCU

Memphis is not afraid to take a guess on gamers not considered as projected prime 60 gamers, so I’ll respect the surface the field choice right here even when Williams was ranked within the 80s for us. Improved every of his 4 years at VCU and developed right into a two-way guard with nice outdoors capturing means. Grade: B

48. Indiana Pacers (from Timberwolves): SF Kendall Brown, Baylor 

Brown was a top-30 prospect in our rankings who I assumed had an actual shot at going Spherical 1. Had some inconsistencies as a freshman however the former five-star recruit brings nice size and main upside to Indiana. Grade: A

49. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Bulls through Grizzlies, Pistons and Kings): PF Isaiah Mobley, USC

A 12 months after drafting Evan Mobley, Cleveland provides his older brother to its roster to assist solidify its frontcourt depth. He isn’t the shot-blocker Evan is however he’s a floor-spacer who can shoot it nicely and confirmed some spectacular playmaking at his measurement whereas at USC. Grade: A-

50. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Nuggets through 76ers): PG Matteo Spagnolo, Italy

Spagnola has lengthy been a wunderkind courting again to his skilled signing at 15 years previous with Actual Madrid and subsequent debut at 17. There are holes in his sport — he’s a median athlete who struggled on protection — however his positional measurement and combo-guard talent set make him a worthwhile flier at this spot. Grade: B-

51. Golden State Warriors (from Raptors through 76ers): SG Tyrese Martin, Connecticut

Martin exploded onto the NBA Draft scene final 12 months at UConn after exhibiting dramatic enchancment as a 3-point shooter whereas enhancing as a passer taking over a extra expansive position taking part in on the ball. He is a four-year participant who may assist a crew early in his profession. Grade: B-

52. New Orleans Pelicans (from Jazz): C Karlo Matkovic, Serbia

A world product from Serbia, Matkovic brings nice measurement and athleticism to the middle place. He is largely an in-the-paint risk at this level in his profession, however his shot-blocking and rim-running may assist him latch on within the NBA. Grade: B

53. Boston Celtics: PG J.D. Davison, Alabama

Low-risk, high-reward proposition in grabbing a former five-star recruit in Davison who has a superb prospect pedigree however struggled final season with Alabama. He is nonetheless studying and feeling out the sport however he is an incredible athlete with nice burst and actual long-term developmental upside. Grade: A-

54. Washington Wizards (from Mavericks): C Yannick Nzosa, Congo

Like this decide at this value. Nzosa is the second-youngest participant on this 12 months’s class who brings size and nice leaping means. Somebody who might be a lob risk and shot-blocker. Grade: A

55. Golden State Warriors: SF Gui Santos, Brazil

Attention-grabbing guess on a prospect with unbelievable measurables. He brings some versatility to the desk having logged expertise each on and off the ball and has the talent set to doubtlessly develop right into a slashing sort of combo ahead. Grade: B-

56. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Warmth through Pacers): SF Luke Travers, Australia

A combo ahead from Perth, Travers during the last 12 months took on an even bigger position as an initiator and actually showcased his means to shoulder the load as a part-time playmaker. Wants to enhance his shot, however I like his measurement and willingness to crash the glass. Grade: C+

57. Portland Path Blazers (from Grizzlies through Jazz): SF Jabari Walker, Colorado

Walker is somebody I had as a top-20 prospect getting into the season however didn’t fairly dwell as much as expectations after performing nicely in a smaller position as a freshman at Colorado. However he was an elite catch-and-shoot risk two seasons in the past and somebody who I believe generally is a high quality 3-and-D participant along with his 6-foot-8 body. Grade: B+

58. Milwaukee Bucks (from Suns through Pacers): PG Hugo Besson, France

With the final decide on this 12 months’s draft, Milwaukee provides an interesting 21-year-old in Hugo Besson in the identical vary I ranked him. At 6-foot-6 he is a capturing risk from anyplace on the courtroom and had strong catch-and-shoot numbers within the NBL final season that might assist him translate his sport to the NBA, particularly if he can enhance his playmaking and proceed his improvement as an outdoor scoring risk. Grade: A-

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