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NBA Mock Draft: Thunder Select Modern Forward

As the college basketball season continues to unfold, the 2022 class of NBA rookies looks impressive.

Early in this NBA season, the Oklahoma City Thunder have struggled as expected. The youngest team in the entire league, they're still learning how to play together and win games.

At the end of the season, it's likely that OKC will have one of the top picks in the 2022 NBA Draft. With that in mind, there's a good chance the Thunder will add another franchise cornerstone before entering the 2022-23 season.

The Athletic's Sam Vecenie recently released a 2022 NBA Mock Draft, which sets the stage for where some of the best prospects in this class could land.

While the draft order won't be known until after the 2021-22 NBA season, the Thunder are currently projected to take a modern forward that's been extremely impressive as a freshman.

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Let’s see how Vecenie thinks the lottery could unfold in the 2022 NBA Draft.


2022 NBA Mock Draft

The Athletic

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1. HOU

Paolo Banchero

Duke

2. NOP

Chet Holmgren

Gonzaga

3. ORL

Jabari Smith

Auburn

4. DET

Jalen Duren

Memphis

5. SAS

Jaden Ivey

Purdue

6. SAC

Jaden Hardy

G League Ignite

7. OKC

Kendall Brown

Baylor

8. IND

Patrick Baldwin

Wisconsin-Milwaukee

9. TOR

TyTy Washington

Kentucky

10. MIN

Dyson Daniels

G League Ignite

11. MEM

Bennedict Mathurin

Arizona

12. CLE

A.J. Griffin

Duke

13. ATL

Keegan Murray

Iowa

14. PHI

Nikola Jovic

International

The 2022 NBA Draft will be yet another pivotal event for the rebuild of the Oklahoma City Thunder.


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