The offseason will unofficially kick off with the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday, bringing a new crop of prospects into the league. The Lakers will head into the night on the outside looking in, though that could change by the end of the night as they are looking to buy a second round draft pick.
With or without the Lakers, though, the night is set to be an exciting one, as is often the case with the draft. Intrigue at the top of the draft as to who will be selected with not just the No. 1 overall pick — Jabari Smith is the correct favorite at -300 while Paolo Banchero is at +290 — but across the opening handful of picks as the group of Smith, Holmgren, Paolo Banchero and Jaden Ivey have separated themselves as the top prospects.
With that in mind, here’s everything you need to know about the upcoming NBA draft.
Thursday, June 23 at 7:30 p.m. Eastern.
The draft will take place at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, NY. The first round of the draft will be televised on ABC and ESPN with the second round of the draft being broadcast only on ESPN.
What’s the draft order?
Here’s the full draft order (note: the Bucks and Heat each forfeited second round picks due to tampering violations last offseason, leaving just 58 picks in this year’s draft).
2. Oklahoma City
8. New Orleans
9. San Antonio
11. New York
12. Oklahoma City
20. San Antonio
25. San Antonio
28. Golden State
30. Oklahoma City
34. Oklahoma City
38. San Antonio
41. New Orleans
42. New York
43. LA Clippers
51. Golden State
52. New Orleans
55. Golden State
Why don’t the Lakers have their picks?
The Lakers’ first round pick went to the Pelicans at No. 8 this season, one of the final draft picks still owed to New Orleans from the Anthony Davis trade. Their second round pick was traded away in the deal that sent out Moritz Wagner, Isaac Bonga and Jemerrio Jones in the 2019 offseason to clear cap space for the Lakers to trade for AD while also chasing Kawhi Leonard. That pick eventually landed with the Spurs at No. 38.
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