2022 NBA Mock Draft: All first-round predictions, risers, fallers

NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 29: NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the 2021 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on July 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NEW YORK - JULY 29: NBA commissioner Adam Silver speaks during the 2021 NBA Draft at the Barclays Center on July 29, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Arturo Holmes/Getty Images) /
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2022 NBA Mock Draft
TAMPA, FLORIDA – MARCH 11: Kennedy Chandler #1 of the Tennessee Volunteers against the Mississippi State Bulldogs during the quarterfinals of the 2022 SEC Men’s Basketball Tournament at Amalie Arena on March 11, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Andy Lyons/Getty Images) /

Houston Rockets. Kennedy Chandler. 26. player. 169. . Point Guard

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 26. Kennedy Chandler, Houston Rockets

School: Tennessee

Height: 6’1″

Kennedy Chandler is an explosive playmaker with excellent instincts and feel for the game. Despite his lack of size, the 19-year-old has impressive athleticism, a high motor, and a winning mentality that help make him a productive asset as a ball-handler and on-ball defender. The Rockets need depth at point guard and Chandler would be more than a worthy selection in the back end of the first round.

. Power Forward. Miami Heat. David Roddy. 27. player. 110

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 27. David Roddy, Miami Heat

School: Colorado State

Height: 6’5″

David Roddy could sneak into the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft due to his efficient scoring ability as an intense offensive weapon. He’s naturally a forward but plays like a guard. Roddy shot 45.5 percent from three last season while leading Colorado State to an automatic bid in the NCAA Tournament. His superior shooting at the forward position would uplift the Miami Heat offensively and his non-stop work ethic would fit seamlessly into the Heat culture.

41. . Power Forward. Golden State Warriors. Jake LaRavia. 28. player

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 28. Jake LaRavia, Golden State Warriors

School: Wake Forest

Height: 6’8″

Jake LaRavia is an efficient forward that possesses sharp playmaking skills, three-level scoring abilities, and productive guard traits. He’s also an underrated defender and cutter. LaRavia is rising up boards and could easily become a first-round pick on draft night. If the Golden State Warriors win the championship and keep this pick, LaRavia could be another glorious prize heading into next season.

Memphis Grizzlies. Christian Braun. 29. player. 211. . Shooting Guard

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 29. Christian Braun, Memphis Grizzlies

School: Kansas

Height: 6’6″

Christian Braun is a reliable two-way wing who can space the floor, score from beyond the arc and at the basket, and defend at a consistent level. He’s a hard worker with a win-first mentality and does all the little things that coaches admire, all of which helped Kansas reach the NCAA title. His skill set and mindset would help the Grizzlies contend for an NBA championship.

30. player. 73. . Small Forward. Denver Nuggets. Kendall Brown

2022 NBA Mock Draft: 30. Kendall Brown, Denver Nuggets

School: Baylor

Height: 6’8″

To conclude the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, Kendall Brown could be the selection for the Denver Nuggets as a defensive specialist that can defend wings and forwards with his versatility and length. Brown doesn’t have much upside offensively, but his defensive presence alone could convince the Nuggets that he’s worth the investment. In a draft that could be full of surprises, Brown landing in Denver would not be a shock given his expertise and the team’s positional needs.

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