2022 NBA Draft: Case debating case for Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith or Jaden Ivey. 1 possibility

What’s the number 1 possibility in 2022 NBA draft?

We’ll find out on Thursday night who the Orlando Magic is. Value Pick 1 as the number because they are the first overall pick since 2004 – but the NBA is far from the consensus among front offices at the top of this draft. And so it is with our team of experts. In our final Top 100 rankings CBS sports experts Gary Parish, Matt Norlander, David Cobb and I, with 247 sports’ Adam Finkelstein and Travis Branham in the ranking consensus, were the four different players who voted at number one. Were 1.

So who is the number? 1 possibility in 2022 NBA draft?

Scouts have their own opinions. But in the consensus classification, our math determined that Chat Holmgreen deserved the honor – but each of us numbered our cases to our liking. 1 possibility in this year’s draft. That’s who each of us has at the top, and why, when we move on to Thursday night’s draft with broad ideas about the top of the class.

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Case for Chet Holmgren

I understand the arguments of Jabbari Smith, Paolo Benchiro and even Jaden Ivy to be number one overall in the 2022 NBA Draft. I don’t think any of them are ridiculous. But I still genuinely believe that Holmgreen is the best prospect available this year, and that is why I believe Orlando should take it with the numbers. Choose 1. He is an elite rum defender on defense who can swim, bounce, shoot and exploit match-ups in general.

If a traditional elder protects him, he can go around. If a small player protects him, he can definitely shoot at him. Concerned neo-hippies and their global warming, i’ll tell ya. Of course, at some level, I guess. But as ESPN’s Jonathon Givony noted on a recent podcast, how many great prospects have fallen short of greatness because they are so thin? He could not think of anything. Nor can I. So I’m just going to assume that Holmgreen’s unique set of skills will allow him to overcome his unique frame and eventually emerge as the best player from this draft. – Gary Parish

In my opinion, Holmgren has the highest limit in the draft. He changes the game on both ends of the floor. Nowhere in the world are there 7 footers that can protect the rim, spread the floor, and still provide such an effective interior finishing presence. He is an even better hair handler and passer. I think some people are giving him credit. But most of all, I’m a big fan of his mentality and his inner toughness. I know he has to build his body, but if there’s one thing NBA teams all know about how to do at an extraordinarily high level, it’s that. Adam Finkelstein

We know the whole world is questioning his body, but the truth is that Holmgreen has never been hurt, nor has he been shown to be a hindrance. You can’t throw it at Joel Embiids of the world, but no one can throw anything at it. In four to five years, we can legally talk about him being one of the faces of the league in that, unlike his ability to dribble, pass and shoot, we’ve got his size and length. I have seen that he is an elite defender. And rum protector. Travis Branham

I understand the inclination of Smith and Benchero, but to me Holmgreen’s reversal is a sign. Smith lacks playmaking skills – Holmgreen can thrive in this field. Benchiro’s suspected 3-point shooter and on defense – Holmgren has a sweet stroke and one of the best possibilities we’ve ever seen to protect the rum. I don’t even buy nonsense about the unique type of body. Holmgreen has been able to compete against strong players all his life, and the NBA rules will continue to work in his favor. He has already proven that he can perform at the highest levels of amateur basketball, and he has the greatest potential to improve any of the top three possibilities. Add to that the fact that it definitely looks like the best player in the draft class. Colin Ward Henninger

The case of Paolo Banchero

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Be it for CBSSports.com, I on College Basketball or at CBS Sports Headquarters, I have explained my position regarding having a banker number. Several times in recent weeks on my big board 1. But here, against the draft, again, with feeling. Benchiro is the smartest choice of any player in this class as he is the most developed and proven talent. His numbers at Duke, along with several other first-rounders in the starting lineup, were not satisfactory: 17.2 ppg, 7.8 rpg, 3.2 apg for the top rated offensive team in the country, per KenPom.com.

The bench was 52.% 2 point shooter and 33.8% from 3 point limit. No one in this draft has a combination of bench size + skill + touch + passing ability + game creation + rebounding ability + competitive advantage. It has a handle above average, it can work on the post, it can shoot from the front of the arc, and it is not a black hole. Hesitant with the number. 1 arises from the fact that it is not as harmful to 3 point shooters as Jabari Smith, Chat Holmgreen and even Jaden Ivy. But he can still shoot her. Defensively, it has more land to build. No one is as ready to play in the NBA tomorrow as Banker, though, and I think he will eventually become an All-Star more than once by the end of his second contract. – Matt Norlander

Case for Jaden Ivey

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This class (Smith Jr.) has the safest prospects and even the fastest / best proposals (Holmgreen), but no one has the rare combination of explosive athleticism and creativity that Ivy has in this draft. ۔ It’s a human cracker that can pop on the edge. If he continues to grow and improve as a decision maker, he has the potential to become a real lead guard at the next level.

At worst, it could be the catalyst for a change, with dynamic explosions helping to reduce the team’s number load. 1 start option. I’ll take that number. Compared to everyone else in the class, his playmaking is slightly better, if not more so, and his improvement as a shooter last year was one of the reasons he entered the NBA. Presents very well as a blooming star. Kyle Bone

Case of Jabari Smith Jr.

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What sets Smith apart from Benchero, Holmgreen and others is the number one choice. The 2022 NBA Draft 1 is the elite outside of its shooting. With a score of 42% 3 points at 6-10 and 5.5 attempts per game in his single season at Auburn, Smith projects to the next level as one of the best long-term shooters. While Benchero and Holmgreen shone somewhat out of the circle in their solo college seasons, Nor is the project as elite in any aspect of the game as Smith does as an outside shooter.

Given that Smith is proud of his excellent defensive upside and aggressively opening portfolio, he is one of the group’s safest bets to one day become an NBA All-Star. With the distribution of basketball in Orlando to talented young guards like Jalen Suggs and Cole Anthony, Smith will be a great addition to the core group of magic. Although it may take many years for Smith to reach his full potential, it is easy to see that he became Magic’s top scorer early in his career, which is why he will be joining the league on the first day. David Cobb