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The NBA is already back! Did you miss it? The 2022 NBA draft is 8 p.m. 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? Will the Sacramento Kings trade the No. 4 pick? Which second-round prospects are teams eying?

The 2022 NBA draft, the 76th edition of the National Basketball Association's annual draft, is scheduled to be held on June 23, 2022, at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. The 2022 edition marks a return to the draft's normal June date after postponements were made in 2020 and 2021 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The 2022 NBA draft has nearly arrived, and the speculation is only beginning. There will be plenty of storylines at issue from the outset of Thursday's event at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn (8 p.m. ET, ESPN, ABC and ESPN App) -- will the Big Three of Auburn's Jabari Smith, Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren and Duke's Paolo Banchero go in the order expected, and to the teams expected? If it's Smith to the Orlando Magic at No. 1, Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2 and Banchero to the Houston Rockets at No. 3, what might that mean for the Sacramento Kings at No. 4? Will the Kings, who must factor in the likelihood of their pick signing with the struggling franchise, strike a draft-night deal? If they do, how will the rest of the night's dominoes fall?

2022 NBA Draft live news: Time, pick order, latest mocks, analysis and trades

As we consider those questions, ESPN will be tracking every twist and turn until the first name is announced at the Barclays Center podium Thursday, with this version of the mock draft undergoing any and all necessary alterations up until draft time, based on ESPN's latest intel and any first- or second-round moves up until that hour:

B/R's Final 2022 NBA Mock Draft

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.

It's NBA Draft day. The Athletic's team of college basketball and NBA writers and insiders are weighing in here with all the updates and analysis you'll need Thursday night.

NBA draft 2022: How to watch, trade talks, the latest mock draft and all the insider intel

The NBA draft smoke has felt thick this week. More teams than not have been mentioned in trade discussions.

There is even disagreement about how the top three will play out. "Expect the unexpected" is a thought shared by many.

And then there is the Sacramento Kings' No. 4 pick, which is being discussed in multiple trade situations. The Indiana Pacers, Portland Trail Blazers, Washington Wizards and New York Knicks have been mentioned as interested parties.

While the lottery picks mostly seem obvious, predicting their order is not.

NBA Draft 2022 Rumor and Trade Tracker

The 2022 NBA draft has finally arrived!

Who will unexpectedly rise Thursday night? Who will unexpectedly fall? Who will the Orlando Magic pick at No. 1, a potential Defensive Player of the Year candidate in Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren or a dynamic shooter in Auburn's Jabari Smith? Where will Duke's Paolo Banchero land? Will the Sacramento Kings keep their No. 4 pick or trade it to another team -- and shake things up? What last-minute trade could upend the entire draft order? You never know.

Phoenix Suns 3 Trade Assets to Acquire a 2022 NBA Draft Pick

We, and you, have lots of questions. Luckily, we don't have to wait long for the answers.

Here's everything you need to know about the 2022 NBA draft, from how to watch the draft-night festivities to the full draft order; scouting reports on all the top prospects and where they may land to the latest intel, trade rumors, analysis and projections. ESPN's experts will reveal the draft's most NBA-ready prospects, as well as the players with the highest ceilings -- and highest bust factors.

All the action is set to go down at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, on Thursday at 8 p.m. ET. Watch on ABC, ESPN and the ESPN App.

2022 NBA Draft buzz, rumors, live updates: Tracker, order, grades, trades as Magic hold No. 1 pick

After months of tanking, speculation, and anticipation, NBA Draft Day 2022 is finally here. The rumor mill for teams around the NBA will be spinning at a dizzying speed in the lead up to tonight’s festivities at the Barclays Center. Then it will continue turning through all 60 selections and into the wee hours of the night.

This live thread will be your league-wide tracker for all those rumors — big and small, front office misdirection to likely possibility — and the trades that materialize from rumor to reality. It’s set up to be an action-packed 24 hours with heavy bearings on the future of each franchise in the league.

Follow along and hold on tight.

2022 NBA Draft: Knicks will trade up to No. 4, Chet Holmgren to have best career among five bold predictions

Kyrie Irving Makes List of Desired Destinations

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting if star Kyrie Irving and the Brooklyn Nets don’t reach an agreement, Irving has a list of desired destinations to go to in a sign-and-trade. The list includes the Lakers, Los Angeles Clippers, New York Knicks, Miami Heat, Dallas Mavericks, and Philadelphia 76ers. According to Wojnarowski, none of those teams have cap space to sign Irving without Brooklyn’s help. He further reports Irving “isn’t necessarily a priority” for all of the teams on the list.

This situation has direct implications on Kevin Durant’s future in Brooklyn. According to Shams Charania of The Athletic and Stadium, Durant is monitoring Brooklyn’s situation and “considering options with his future.”

NBA draft 2022: Why the Houston Rockets are going all-in on their 'very painful' rebuild

Blazers and Pistons to Draft for Each Other

The Blazers and Pistons reportedly swapped 2022 second-round picks in yesterday’s trade for Jerami Grant, with Detroit taking Portland’s 36th pick and Portland acquiring Detroit’s 46th pick. According to Trail Blazers reporter Casey Holdahl, as of now, Portland will make the selection with the 36th pick, even though the prospect is headed to Detroit. The same situation, but in reverse, goes for Detroit with the 46th pick.

Los Angeles Lakers Trade into Draft

ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the Lakers are acquiring the Orlando Magic’s 35th pick in tonight’s draft for a future second-round pick and cash. At the moment, the 35th pick stands as the only selection LA owns in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Cleveland Cavaliers Add Another Pick

According to Adrian Wojnarowski, Cleveland is acquiring the 49th pick in tonight’s draft from the Sacramento Kings for the rights to 26-year-old Sasha Vezenkov. Vezenkov —the 57th pick in the 2017 NBA Draft — was a first-team All-EuroLeague forward this season.

The Cavs now have four picks in tonight’s draft: 14, 39, 49, and 56.

Top 3 Draft Selections Likely Set

Adrian Wojnarowski is reporting the first three selections in tonight’s draft are believed set, with Jabari Smith, Jr. heading to the Orlando Magic, Chet Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder, and Paulo Banchero to the Houston Rockets.

Blazers Chasing Anunoby

The Portland Trail Blazers shot off early fireworks last night, trading a 2025 first-round pick and a couple of seconds for Detroit Pistons forward Jerami Grant, but the drama is far from over. With the seventh pick in tonight’s draft and plenty of assets at his disposal, general manager Joe Cronin has the potential to swing for more transactions. Portland has already been linked to Toronto Raptors forward OG Anunoby.

NBA draft order 'increasingly firm' with Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero at 1-2-3, sources say

Going to the NBA Draft but without a pick is like going Black Friday shopping the day after you lost your wallet. The Phoenix Suns, along with three other teams, find themselves in this awkward position to begin what’s often the most exciting day of the season for the league at large.

While acquiring Chris Paul now three summers ago, the Suns dealt their first round for this year’s draft to the Oklahoma City Thunder. They traded their second rounder more recently though, sending it to the Indiana Pacers for Torrey Craig just prior to this past season’s trade deadline.

With both the Pacers and Thunder looking to add more fuel to their rebuilding efforts, they both look primed for solid nights, each carrying at least three picks in total. The Suns remain on the outside looking in though, banging on the Barclays Center gates and screaming “let me in” like Eric Andre.

Ohio State basketball coach Chris Holtmann reflects on Buckeyes in NBA Draft

After a wild 2021-22 season, it's time to shift our full attention to Thursday night's 2022 NBA Draft. A number of exciting prospects will headline the league's marquee offseason event, including Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga), Jabari Smith (Auburn), Paolo Banchero (Duke) and Jaden Ivey (Purdue). Who will be selected first overall remains anyone's guess, but those four players will all hear their names called early on by NBA commissioner Adam Silver.

The Orlando Magic have the top overall pick in the draft for the first time since 2004. After Orlando, the Oklahoma City Thunder pick second, followed by the Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons to round out the top five. While the order is set, anything can happen during the draft as teams are busy working the phones to wheel and deal picks. Multiple trades have already been made before the draft as the Lakers acquired the Magic's 35th pick, while the Cavaliers dealt their second-rounder to the Kings. The Portland Trail Blazers also traded their 2025 first-round pick to the Detroit Pistons for Jerami Grant.

It'll be a busy night around the NBA, and we'll have you covered with all the action right here. Here's how to watch Thursday night's NBA Draft.

The Golden State Warriors won the NBA title a week ago, and now all eyes are on the 2022 NBA Draft set for Thursday night. The Orlando Magic own the No. 1 pick, followed by the Oklahoma City Thunder and Houston Rockets. That's for now, of course. There could be a slew of trades before night's end.

With that in mind, let's get to my five draft predictions as we count down to the Magic being on the clock.

CLEVELAND, Ohio – The 2022 NBA Draft is here. Experts and analysts have been sharing rumors and trade buzz for weeks, as well as making tweaks to their respective mock drafts.’s Chris Fedor created his own mock to give a league wide and Cavaliers specific projection of how this year’s draft will play out.

To get a better idea of what the Cavs may do with the No. 14 pick we compiled mock drafts from, Bleacher Report, ESPN, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, For the Win, The Ringer, NBA TV, Basketball News,, Yahoo, SB Nation, Sports Illustrated, 24/7 Sports and Hoops Hype.

Indiana Pacers are scheduled to have 3 picks in the 2022 NBA Draft

Ochai Agbaji

Who selected Agbaji? The Ringer, Bleacher Report, ESPN,, NBATV, Yahoo (6 of 15)

Age, Height, Weight: 22, 6-5 ¾, 217

2021-22 stats: 18.8 points, 5.1 rebounds, 1.6 steals, 1.6 assists, 47.5% FG, 40.1% 3P, 74.3% FT

Agbaji declared for the 2021 draft and attended last year’s combine before deciding to return to school. That decision seems to have paid off as his stock took a major leap and he emerged as one of the NCAA’s best shooters, though his toughness defensively already had him on the NBA radar.

At 217 pounds with a 6-10 wingspan, Agbaji is big enough to cover smaller quicker guards and strong enough to battle in the paint. He uses that strength on the other end to muscle his way into the paint and finish strong. His improved play came with numerous accolades. He was the Big 12 Player of the Year, a consensus First-Team All-American, the Final Four’s Most Outstanding Player and and led the Jayhawks to their first NCAA title win since 2008. Branham was still available in three mock drafts when Agbaji was the Cavaliers No. 14 selection.

Malaki Branham

Who selected Branham?, CBS Sports, NBC Sports, SB Nation, For the Win (5 of 15)

Age, Height, Weight: 19, 6-5, 195

2021-22 stats: 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds, 2.0 assists, 0.7 steals, 49.8% FG, 41.6% 3P, 83.3% FT

HOUSTON -- Christian Wood keeps swishing 3-pointers and smiling, the skilled big man showing off his shooting range and seemingly responding whenever the other team gets within striking distance.

It's June 13, and Game 5 of the NBA Finals tips off in eight hours, but metaphorically, this pickup game takes place as far as possible from the two cities hosting the league's championship series.

The location: the practice gym inside the Toyota Center, home to the Houston Rockets, the franchise that has won an NBA-worst 37 games over the past two seasons.

Eric Gordon -- the lone player remaining on the Rockets' roster from the time before they launched into a rebuild -- is feeding Wood for some of these 3s. The duo has been a staple at weekday morning voluntary workouts, which routinely feature more than half of the Rockets' roster and some players from their G League affiliate, the Rio Grande Valley Vipers.

As NBA teams finalize their boards ahead of Thursday night's NBA draft, sources have told ESPN's Adrian Wojnarowski that the order of the top three picks is "increasingly firm," with Auburn's Jabari Smith Jr. going to the Orlando Magic at No. 1, Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren to the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2 and Duke's Paolo Banchero to the Houston Rockets at No. 3.

The 6-foot-10 Smith worked out with the Magic earlier this month and was the consensus betting favorite to be selected first overall as of Wednesday night. Magic president Jeff Weltman indicated Monday that the organization was still undecided on its plan for the draft, saying "it's still early in the process."

Smith admitted he was "nervous" heading into his workout with the Magic but said it was "fun to get out here and push myself and get through it."

COLUMBUS, Ohio (WCMH) — Ohio State men’s basketball coach Chris Holtmann spoke one-on-one with NBC4 sports director Jerod Smalley on Thursday ahead of the NBA Draft.

The draft features two Buckeyes, Malaki Branham and E.J. Liddell, who are projected to be picked in the first round. If that happens, it will be the first time since 2007 when two Buckeyes were selected in the first round of the same draft. They will also be the first Buckeyes drafted in four years.

Holtmann spent time with Branham on Wednesday who’s in New York City where the draft is being held. The OSU coach will spend draft day with Liddell who will be watching from his hometown in Belleville, Illinois.

Live updates: Pelicans make three NBA Draft selections tonight, including No. 8 overall pick

The Indiana Pacers are scheduled to have the sixth pick Thursday night in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Indiana also has two second-round picks, Nos. 31 — the first pick of the round — and 58 (the last pick of the draft because two teams forfeited picks for breaking tampering rules).

The Pacers may also trade picks or members of the active roster. They are believed to be shopping point guard Malcolm Brogdon.

Indiana last had a selection among the top 10 in 1989, when they picked George McCloud.

We will keep up with every pick, so please remember to refresh.

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Tonight is the 2022 NBA Draft from the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, where the New Orleans Pelicans will make three draft selections.

Picking tonight at Nos. 8, 41 and 52, the Pelicans have a chance to add to an already competitive team that took the Phoenix Suns to six games in the first round of the NBA Playoffs.

This will be the Pelicans first time since 2019 picking in the top 10, after selecting Zion Williamson and Jaxson Hayes in that draft.

Follow along for live updates and analysis from our Pelicans team, Christian Clark, Rod Walker, Scott Kushner as well as our betting team who will be following the draft odds and the Pelicans selection odds.

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However, James Jones and the Phoenix front office should be able to find a key inside if they look in the right place. Not wanting to dish out too much future draft capital though, that place might be their own roster.

On draft night, contending teams often trade players attached to bloated contracts or ones that resemble bad fits for late round picks. The Suns and the Brooklyn Nets even engaged in such a deal last summer, as Phoenix added Landry Shamet, while the Nets acquired Phoenix’s first rounder that turned into Day’Ron Sharpe.

With only a fraction of teams carrying cap space into this coming offseason, this draft is believed to be a powder keg for trades, with many teams viewing it as their best chance to improve. If the Suns want to join the fun, they need to take a long look at their roster, including these three potential trade assets.

1. Knicks will trade up to No. 4

There have been reports of the Knicks looking to move into the top five and Sacramento is an ideal partner. The Knicks have been in search of a franchise lead/combo guard seemingly forever, and Jaden Ivey fits the bill. Sacramento already has De'Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell and is itching to put a playoff roster together after trading for Domantas Sabonis.

New York can send some rotational pieces, this year's No. 11 pick and a future draft pick to move up for Ivey, who has tantalizing talent but if you listen to most evaluators, isn't such a sure bet that Sacramento needs to totally disregard the positional overlap.

I'm not sure I'll agree with this move if it happens. I don't think New York can send Sacramento anything that will change its playoff fortunes in an absolutely loaded Western Conference next season, and the Kings should compile as much talent as possible. Ivey turning into a superstar after the Kings already passed on Luka Doncic in part for fit reasons would be an unfathomable disaster.

Plus, I don't think Davion Mitchell is a franchise point guard. He's a nice piece. A Gary Payton II type with better scoring upside. That is a really good player, but good enough that you trade out of a pick that could've landed you Ivey? I'm not sure. But what I think will happen and what I think should happen are two different things, and I think, in the end, that New York needs to take this chance, and Sacramento is antsy enough to take the short view, especially if there's a player at No. 11 it likes.

Branham had some early-season woes in his lone season at Ohio State, but worked through it and became one of the Buckeyes’ key players in the second half. He averaged 13.7 points, 3.6 rebounds and 2.0 assists on 49.8% from the field and 41.6% from 3-point range. Standing a bit over 6-foot-5 with a 6-10 wingspan and a 195-pound frame at the combine, Branham has a natural feel for the game. He’s an effortless shot creator, a mid-range assassin and can effectively defend either guard position. In three mock drafts where Cleveland selected Branham, Agbaji was still on the board.

These sessions start with shooting and skill work supervised by Rockets coaches, as allowed by league rules, and end with pickup games that staffers are permitted only to watch. As is the case this morning, those runs typically pit the vets versus the kids.

The team getting torched by Wood features a few players fresh off their rookie seasons -- Daishen Nix, an undrafted guard who starred for the G League champion Vipers and signed a four-year deal with the Rockets late in the season, and first-round picks Josh Christopher and Usman Garuba.

None of the Rockets' rookies from last season -- a group headlined by No. 2 overall pick Jalen Green and 16th overall pick Alperen Sengun -- are old enough to buy a beer. But they all figure prominently in the Rockets' plans for the immediate future and years to come.

The same can't be said for the 26-year-old Wood, the Rockets' leading scorer and rebounder over the past two seasons.

Two days after his pickup-game display, the Rockets agreed to trade Wood to the Dallas Mavericks for the No. 26 overall pick and a batch of expiring salaries, four players who might not be on the regular-season roster and certainly won't be in the rotation.

Wood would have actually been a hindrance to Houston's plan if he played the final season of his three-year, $41 million contract for the Rockets, who will significantly increase Sengun's playing time in his second season.

Houston also anticipates selecting "one of the three stars" with the No. 3 overall pick in Thursday's draft (8 p.m. ET, ESPN and the ESPN App), as owner Tilman Fertitta puts it, referring to Auburn's Jabari Smith, Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren and Duke's Paolo Banchero, listed in the order of ESPN's most recent mock draft.

The young get younger, as the Rockets now have three first-round picks in the draft (Nos. 3, 17 and 26), part of a rebuilding plan that requires extreme patience after years of going all-in pursuing a title.

"The priority is development right now, and along with development comes winning habits and doing things the right way," Rockets coach Stephen Silas says after watching the voluntary workout. "Hopefully, that leads to some wins, but development is the priority."

How to watch the 2022 NBA draft

NBA Today: Live from the NBA draft red carpet: 5 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN App

NBA Draft Countdown: 7:30 p.m. ET on ESPN and the ESPN App

NBA draft: 8 p.m. ET on ABC, ESPN and the ESPN App

Live pick-by-pick draft analysis

What are the big NBA trades to watch?

On June 13, NBA trade season officially began with a deal between Denver and Oklahoma City: The Thunder get forward JaMychal Green and a protected 2027 first-round pick while the Nuggets get the 30th pick Thursday in the draft, as well as second-round picks in 2023 and 2024.

Here is how to watch the NBA Draft

When: Thursday, June 23

Where: Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York

Time: 8 p.m. ET

TV Channel: ESPN, ABC

Live Stream: fuboTV (watch for free) or via Watch ESPN

NBA Draft live streams 2022

There are plenty of ways for fans to watch the 2022 NBA Draft if they have cut the cord on cable.

Streaming services like fuboTV, YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, Sling TV and AT&T TV will each carry ESPN and ABC. Fans will also have the option to use connected TV devices like Xbox, PlayStation, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV and Roku to stream the draft using the ESPN or ABC apps after authenticating the apps with TV providers.

There will also be the option to live stream the draft using WatchESPN or ABC Go after logging in with authentication.

The 2022 NBA Draft is Thursday, June 24. The draft will be live streamed on ESPN+ and fuboTV, which offers a free trial.

Anyone who has access to ABC, a broadcast TV network, can watch the first round of the draft, while anyone with ESPN can watch both rounds of the draft.

However, those without broadcast TV can find the draft with YouTube TV, Hulu + Live TV, fuboTV and variety of other streaming platforms that carry ABC and ESPN feeds.

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