2022 NBA Draft: Top 30 in 10 Words or Less

Now that we’re into 2022, it feels like we’re starting to get a real sample of who these prospects are and what they project out to be as pros. So I saw a good opportunity to put together my first real Top 30 of the cycle, as well as separate them into tiers.

I also throw in a few honorable mentions that are just outside of the top 30 for me at this point but have all chance in the world at ending up in that group.

Happy to discuss where I’m wrong — @iamdamonallred on Twitter.

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Tier I: Top Pick Worthy

1. Jabari Smith Jr. — Forward, Auburn

Limitless potential with talent, creativity, and ambition. 

2. Paolo Banchero — Forward, Duke

Capable of achieving whatever level he decides to reach for.

Tier II: Elite Potential

3. Jaden Ivey — Combo Guard, Purdue

Fire itself contained in a hooper’s body.

4. Chet Holmgren — Big, Gonzaga

Generational defender who’s likely limited offensively.

Tier III: Star Potential

5. Johnny Davis — Guard / Wing, Wisconsin

Extremely productive, but needs to expand the role.

6. TyTy Washington — Combo Guard, Kentucky

Solid as they come and capable of more dynamism.  

7. Patrick Baldwin Jr. — Wing, Milwaukee

Not going to hold this season against him, still dynamic. 

8. Jalen Duren — Big, Memphis

Need to see more consistency, but love the flashes. 

9. Adrian Griffin Jr. — Wing, Duke

Loved his first start, more writing about him to come. 

10. Jaden Hardy — Off-Guard, G-League Ignite

Ceiling is too high to have him much lower.

Tier IV: Lottery Worthy

11. Bennedict Mathurin — Off-Guard, Arizona 

The off-ball game is elite, maybe best in the class. 

12. Ochai Agbaji — Wing, Kansas

Ignoring the age, only acknowledging tools, tape, and production. 

13. Keegan Murray — Wing, Iowa

Wonderfully productive, hard to find the lacking areas. 

14. Kendall Brown — Wing, Baylor

Impressive tools, but would love to see more offensive reps. 

15. Dyson Daniels — Wing, G-League Ignite

Elite around the margins with tertiary creation upside.

Tier V: Solid Bets

16. Harrison Ingram — Wing, Stanford

Wise beyond his years with a “yikes!” shot. 

17. Marjon Beauchamp — Wing, G-League Ignite

Definition of well-roundedness

18. Kennedy Chandler — Point Guard, Tennessee

Still unsure about the shot’s outlook, need more consistency. 

19. Nikola Jovic — Forward, Mega Basket

If the jumpshot happens, he’ll be elite.

Tier VI: Noticeable Upside

20. Wendell Green Jr. — Point Guard, Auburn

We love a short king, great despite it. 

21. Trevor Keels — Combo Guard, Duke

Kyle Lowry succession plan. 

22. Jean Montero — Combo Guard, Overtime Elite

Impressed by his role adaptability, adding more complex distribution. 

23. Roko Prkacin — Wing, Cibona

The level the creation reaches will be the swing factor.

Tier VII: High Floors

24. Andrew Nembhard — Point Guard, Gonzaga

Too smart and poised to not be a mainstay. 

25. Tari Eason — Forward, LSU

Defensive monster with plenty of offensive upside. 

26. Boogie Ellis — Combo Guard, USC

An absolute dog on both ends. 

27. Blake Wesley — Guard / Wing, Notre Dame

Ambitious with the ball and applicably long. 

28. Tyler Burton — Wing, Richmond

Every shot is a beauty and the tools rock. 

29. Wendell Moore Jr. — Wing, Duke

Don’t punish late-bloomers, 2nd in ACC assists too (1/14). 

30. Julian Strawther — Wing, Gonzaga

I’m yet to witness a mistake, fits any team.

Honorable Mentions:

Trevion Williams – Big, Purdue

Michael DeVoe – Lead Guard, Georgia Tech

Jordan Hall – Point Forward, St. Joseph’s

Alondes Williams – Combo Guard, Wake Forest

Mark Williams – Big, Duke

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