The NBA is already back! Did you miss it? The 2022 NBA draft is 8 pm ET Thursday, a week after the Golden State Warriors defeated the Boston Celtics in the NBA Finals. The win gave the Warriors their fourth championship in the last eight seasons, removing all doubt as to whether they deserve to be called a dynasty.
How was that dynasty built? The NBA draft, of course. Stephen Curry, Draymond Green and Klay Thompson all joined the Warriors via the draft.
For every other team, the opportunity to build their own dynasty starts tonight. Who will the Orlando Magic select to lead their franchise to the promised land?
We’re excited to find that out with you. Consider this live tracker your one-stop shop for all things related to the 2022 NBA draft. Below, we’ll provide analysis and commentary on the event in real time.
Want to know how a player fits on their new roster, or who showed up to the draft with the best outfit? We’ve got you covered.
• Yahoo Sports’ final NBA mock draft: Draft analyst Krysten Peek gives her predictions.
• NBA draft live board: Up-to-date analysis on the latest moves by every team.
• NBA draft buzz: What our experts are hearing as draft day approaches.
• Draft sleepers: These players could prove a lot of teams wrong.
• NBA draft podcast: Where will the biggest names land?
• NBA draft odds: Jabari Smith is the favorite to go No. 1
Jalen Williams getting lottery buzz
The 6-foot-7 junior out of Santa Clara shot up draft boards after his strong showing at the NBA draft combines and solidified himself as a first-round pick. After working out for a handful of teams, Williams’ stock has continued to rise heading into the draft and there are late rumblings that Williams could sneak into the lottery, anywhere from No. 8 (New Orleans Pelicans) to No. 19 (Minnesota Timberwolves ).
“This process has just been a blessing,” Williams told Yahoo Sports. “I’m from a smaller school, but basketball is basketball and I feel like I can compete at the highest level, and I’m just ready to get to work for whatever team picks me.” —Krysten Peek
Projected No. 1 pick Jabari Smith stress-free 24 hours before the draft
Yahoo Sports caught up with Smith in the host hotel of the draft and Smith was visibly calm and relaxed 24 hours heading into the draft.
“I feel great and I’m ready for tomorrow,” Smith told Yahoo Sports. “I might not sleep tonight, but that’s just because I’m excited for tomorrow.” —Krysten Peek
Report: Pistons trade Jerami Grant to Trail Blazers for first-round pick
The Detroit Pistons traded 28-year-old wing Jerami Grant to the Portland Trail Blazers for a top-four protected 2025 first-round draft pick from the Milwaukee Bucks, according to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski.
In the deal, Portland and Detroit will reportedly swap the Nos. 36 and 46 picks in the second round of Thursday’s NBA draft. The Blazers will return the Pistons’ 2025 second-round pick to Detroit. Portland also dealt the Pistons the most favorable of its own second-round pick and the New Orleans Pelicans’ in 2026.
Grant averaged 19.2 points (on 43/36/84 shooting splits), 4.1 rebounds and 2.4 assists in 31.9 minutes over 47 games for the Pistons last season. He was an integral role player for the Denver Nuggets during their run to the 2020 Eastern Conference finals before seeking more playmaking responsibility in free agency. The Pistons gave him a three-year, $60 million contract and higher usage in 2020, and he emerged as a fringe All-Star candidate. With him as a primary option, though, Detroit won 43 games over the past two seasons.
Grant is another wing in a long line of options the Blazers have tried to fit around six-time All-Star point guard Damian Lillard, and he might be the best of a bunch that has included Norman Powell, Robert Covington, Gary Trent Jr. , Trevor Ariza, Rodney Hood, Mo Harkless and Al-Farouq Aminu, among others.
Las Vegas turning a corner on Paolo Banchero odds to go No. 1
In the past 24 hours, Banchero’s odds to be drafted No. 1 overall on BetMGM have shifted from +900 to +200 (Chet Holmgren is now +225). That’s enough of a swing to believe the Orlando Magic are considering Banchero with the No. 1 pick (many say it’s a two-way race between Jabari Smith and Chet Holmgren).
Banchero is the most-ready physically out of the top three players with his 6-foot-10, 250-pound frame. When Holmgren and Banchero went head-to-head last November, Banchero looked to be the better player as he posted 21 points, five rebounds and two assists in 30 minutes. A scout or executive from every NBA team was in the building watching Banchero excel in transition as the primary ball-handler and going toe-to-toe defensively with Holmgren.
This swing in Vegas could be an indication that Banchero had an excellent workout in Orlando, with Holmgren playing coy and not saying who he worked out for or how those workouts went.
When is the 2022 NBA draft?
The NBA draft is Thursday, June 23.
What is the start time of the 2022 NBA draft?
The NBA draft begins at 8 p.m. ET.
What TV channel is the 2022 NBA draft on?
The NBA draft’s first round will be televised on ABC and ESPN. The second round will be on ESPN.
Where is the 2022 NBA draft?
The NBA draft will be held at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the league’s Brooklyn Nets play. This is the ninth straight year the draft will be held at Barclays Center.
Who has the first pick in the 2022 NBA draft?
The Orlando Magic hold the No. 1 overall pick in the NBA draft after winning the draft lottery in May. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets and Sacramento Kings round out the top four based on the lottery.
What is the full order of picks in the 2022 NBA draft?
The current order is:
8. New Orleans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
9. San Antonio
11. New York
12. Oklahoma City (from Los Angeles Clippers)
15. Charlotte (from New Orleans)
17. Houston (from Brooklyn)
20. San Antonio (from Toronto)
22. Memphis (from Utah)
25. San Antonio (from Boston)
28. Golden State
30. Denver (from Oklahoma City via Phoenix)
31. Indiana (from Houston via Cleveland)
33. Toronto (from Detroit via San Antonio, Washington and Chicago)
34. Oklahoma City
35. Orlando (from Indiana via Milwaukee)
38. San Antonio (from Los Angeles Lakers via Chicago and Washington)
39. Cleveland (from San Antonio via Utah)
40. Minnesota (from Washington via Cleveland)
41. New Orleans
42. New York
43. LA Clippers
46. Detroit (from Brooklyn)
47. Memphis (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta)
49. Sacramento (from Chicago via Memphis and Detroit)
50. Minnesota (from Denver via Philadelphia)
51. Golden State (from Toronto via Philadelphia)
52. New Orleans (from Utah)
— Milwaukee (forfeited)
— Miami (from Philadelphia via Denver; forfeited by Miami)
54. Washington (from Dallas)
55. Golden State
56. Cleveland (from Miami via Indiana)
57. Portland (from Memphis via Utah)
58. Indiana (from Phoenix)
Which top prospects will attend the 2022 NBA draft?
This is the current list of invitees to the green room at Barclays Center for the NBA draft, listed in alphabetical order.
Ochai Agbaji, F, Kansas
Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
Malaki Branham, F, Ohio State
Dyson Daniels, G, G League Ignite
Johnny Davis, G, Wis.
Ousmane Dieng, F, NZ Breakers
Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
AJ Griffin, F, Duke
Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga
Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
Bennedict Mathurin, G, Arizona
Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky
Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn
Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor
Mark Williams, C, Duke
How does the NBA draft work?
The NBA draft lottery was held in May to determine the order of the top 14 picks in this year’s draft. The Orlando Magic earned the right to select the No. 1 overall pick. Once the Ping Pong balls determine the top-four order, the Nos. 5-30 picks are determined by regular season finish.
How many rounds are in the NBA draft?
There are two rounds in the NBA draft, and both will be held on June 23.
How many picks are in the NBA draft?
In 2022, there will be 58 selections in the NBA draft instead of the customary 60 (30 in each round). The Miami Heat and Milwaukee Bucks each lost a second-round pick due to violating league rules.