In the bets, Paolo Banchero is a candidate for the third pick of the Houston Rockets

The 2022 NBA Draft has three very marked candidates to be the number one pick and this is reflected in the bets of the main bookmakers in the world, which change hour by hour. Jabari Smith, Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgrenin that order, are the favorites to be selected by the Orlando Magicthe owner of the first choice.

With less than an hour to go until the start of the 2022 NBA Draft, the players eligible for the franchises are already at the Barclays Center in New York and each one chose a special look for the night when your sports careers will change forever.

The 19-year-old power forward, Italian roots and 2.08 meters averaged in his last season in the NCAA with Duke, under the command of Mike Krzyzewski, 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists. He is, of all the players available in the 2022 Draft, the most technically gifted and can make differences from behind and in front of the basket with a very effective mid-range shot that he uses often.

In the bets, Paolo Banchero is a candidate for the third pick of the Houston Rockets

The 19-year-old, 213-centimeter pivot takes advantage of his length to protect the basket and, despite it, has great ball handling and good outside shooting. Her mole is her physique, lacking in kilos. Due to its characteristics, they compare it with the Spanish Pau gasoline. In the NCAA he averaged 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks with Gonzaga.

The 18-year-old power forward and 2.08 meters is a good defender and shooter, a required item in the current NBA for interns, and stands out for his physical and athletic abilities. Because of his characteristics, they compare him with Chris Bosch. In the NCAA he averaged 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 1.2 recoveries with the Auburn jersey. Smith was No. 1 in the mock draft for The Athletic immediately after the lottery, and still is in the week of the draft. He is the main target to keep this place.

There are various ways to analyze the NBA Draft. On one side is the mockthe report where specialists from the organization study the players and place them in a team based on their needs. another, the ranking, the ladder in which the 117 prospects available for your choice are ordered from best to worst. The first 10 places of each they are not occupied by the same projects and there are even those who appear on one payroll and not on the other.

The main candidates to be number one in the 2022 Draft play near the basket, in the pivot and power forward positionsaccording to him mock published by the NBA in which players are analyzed and placed in a team based on their needs.

In the Top 10, according to the specialist John Estevez, Jabari Smith will go to the Orlando Magic, Chet Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder, paolo banchero to Houston Rockets, Jaden Ivey to Sacramento Kings, Benedict Mathurin to Detroit Pistons, Shaedon Sharpe to Indiana Pacers, Keegan Murray a Portland Trail Blazers, Dyson Daniels to the New Orleans Pelicans, jeremy sochan to the San Antonio Spurs and Mark Williams to Washington Wizards.

The candidates to be number one in the 2022 Draft exchange positions in the ranking and the mock
The candidates to be number one in the 2022 Draft exchange positions in the ranking and the mockTwitter NBA Draft

The 2022 edition of the NBA Draft has 58 picks and not 60 (two per team) since the 54th of the Milwaukee Bucks and the 55th of the Miami Heat were withdrawn due to irregularities in the search for free agents, according to the organization.

The first 14 elections of the 2022 edition of the NBA Draft were distributed in the lottery among franchises that did not make the playoffs in the season that recently ended. Both in the first and in the second round, there are those who have more than one pick because they exchanged them with others, a common practice when transferring players.

The teams with Argentines, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks, are not among the first to choose in the NBA Draft
The teams with Argentines, Denver Nuggets and Milwaukee Bucks, are not among the first to choose in the NBA Draft

In the Draft lottery held in late May, Orlando Magic was left with the privilege of being the first franchise with the right to choose one of the available promises. It is the fourth time that the Florida team has picked one in their hands. The last occasion had been in 2004 when he selected Dwight Howard. Before, in 1992 he caught Shaquille O’Neal and a year later to Chris Weber, but changed his rights to Penny Hardaway.

Orlando Magic kept the pick one of the 2022 Draft
Orlando Magic kept the pick one of the 2022 Draft(AP Photo/Charles Rex Arbogast)

Concluding the 2021/22 NBA season with the Golden State Warriors title, their seventh ring in history, eyes are now on the future with the 2022 Draft that takes place this Thursday from 9:00 p.m. (Argentine time) at the Barclays Center stadium in Brooklyn, New York. There, the franchises will select young promises to shore up their teams for the next championship of the most important basketball league on the planet.

Follow the coverage of the 2022 NBA Draft on THE NATION: the forecasts for the main picks and the minute by minute of all the franchise elections.

This event takes place at the end of the season and with a view to the next one. The 30 franchises they can incorporate basketball players under 23 years of age from North American universities or leagues from other countries. The order in which they pick depends on their placement in the previous tournament, and then the lottery that was put in place to prevent the tanking, a strategy consisting of play to lose to be with the worst record in the season and have the first selection places in the Draft).

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