The 2022 NBA Draft’s 1st round is officially in the books following Thursday night, and we finally know who the Orlando Magic decided to take as the #1 pick. After plenty of speculation over which of the three main choices would land in Florida, it ended up being Paolo Banchero that heard his name called first. Next to be walking on the stage to shake Commissioner Adam Silver’s hand was Chet Holmgren, and he was followed by Jabari Smith.
Holmgren went to the Oklahoma City Thunder while Smith, who many felt would be #1 and go to the Magic, ended up making his way to Houston. Banchero, despite being slightly unfavored ahead of the evening, certainly earned his way to the top pick, leading Duke to the Final Four and averaging 17.2 points per game in his only college season. Keegan Murray, formerly of Iowa, went #4 to the Sacramento Kings and Jaden Ivey, a guard out of Purdue, was the fifth selection by the Detroit Pistons. The biggest trade of the night saw the New York Knicks send Kemba Walker to the Pistons as part of a three-team deal. The move saw the Knicks free up space and bank future picks on what proved to be a busy evening for them.