The Zags’ tall man is the tip capture in Gary Parrish’s first mock after Tuesday’s NBA Draft lottery
Shedding plenty can if truth be told be a appropriate ingredient within the NBA. On Tuesday evening, the Magic were reminded of this truth when the reward for his or her 22-60 document became a lucky ruin within the lottery that gave them the just appropriate to make a resolution first within the 2022 NBA Draft.
Who will Orlando take?
That is still undetermined and is great of debate. No topic what any one tries to say you, right here is now not 2003 (LeBron James) or 2012 (Anthony Davis) or 2019 (Zion Williamson), all of which were years when every franchise would bear selected the the same participant with the first capture. In 2022, now not lower than three players — Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jabari Smith — could well moderately plod No. 1, and I’m certain that you must to safe mock drafts with every of them going No. 1. But me? I’ve developed into a Holmgren-believer over the last year and if truth be told advise the Magic could well presumably bear to aloof capture him with the No. 1 capture and pair him with former high college teammate and fellow Gonzaga alum Jalen Suggs.
Yes, I know, the center place has in no contrivance been much less valued within the NBA. But awesome centers — esteem two-time MVP Nikola Jokic, shall we embrace — are aloof awesome. And Holmgren if truth be told could well very smartly be, and if truth be told could well presumably bear to aloof be, an great heart at the NBA diploma provided that he’s a 7-foot rim protector who’s so skilled offensively that he can bounce it on the perimeter, play-model and reliably sink photos from the 3-point line. Is his skinny frame a field? Sure. Nobody would imply otherwise. But I just appropriate advise it is smarter to accommodate what Holmgren is rather than obsess about his doable obstacles, and if the Magic enact that they can take this draft’s most-proficient prospect with this draft’s first capture.