The Orlando Magic will receive the first pick in the 2022 draft.The NBA announced it after a draw in Chicago (USA) on Tuesday. Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga), Jabari Smith Jr., in the forecasts of the experts who will be selected in the top three positions of the one-off draft on June 23. (Auburn) and Paolo Banchero (Duke). The NBA Finals are over.
Second pick in the 2022 draft Oklahoma City Thunderthe third position will correspond to: Houston rockets and fourth place will go Kings of Sacramento. Detroit Pistons (fifth pick), Indiana Pacers (sixth), Portland Trail Blazers (seventh), New Orleans Pelicans (eighth, via Los Angeles Lakers), San Antonio Spurs (ninth), Washington Wizards (10th), New York Knicks ( 11.), Oklahoma City Thunder (twelfth, via Los Angeles Clippers), Charlotte Hornets (thirteenth), and Cleveland Cavaliers (fourteenth) rounded out the draw.
The Magic were the worst team in the Eastern Conference during the regular season (22-60) and had a 14% chance of winning the first place in this draft, the same percentage as the Houston Rockets, Detroit Pistons and Detroit Pistons. Oklahoma City Thunder (they added their two picks to the top 14).
This is Magic’s fourth pick in the draft. In the previous three games, they selected Shaquille O’Neal (1992), Chris Webber (1993, but traded to the Golden State Warriors) and Dwight Howard (2004). The top pick in the draft will be a boon for a franchise that needs good news. Orlando has not made the playoffs in the past two years, has only played twice in the past ten years, and has not made it to the first round since the 2009-2010 season. In last season’s draft, the Magic finished Jalen Suggs fifth and Franz Wagner eighth.