NBA Mock Draft 2022: Jaden Ivey is coveted; final lottery predictions

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In our final 2022 NBA Mock Draft, we give our final lottery predictions. 

With the 2022 NBA Draft less than two days away, this is the time when teams, especially those selecting at the top, are beginning to settle in on selections or preferences. After weeks upon months of smoke or fire, the truth is going to begin to rise.

One thing we do know about this draft, however, is that the top three selections will be Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, and Paolo Banchero – in some order. And the Orlando Magic, who hold the No. 1 overall pick, will be able to dictate how that all begins.

So, here it is. Our final lottery predictions for this year’s NBA Draft. We know who the top three will be, but that’s when the draft could get fun. After months of speculation, here is going to be my best prediction on what will happen on draft night – sans trades.

This mock will be based on no trades on how I believe (based on all the reporting that’s been publicized, along with my gut and overall team fit) NBA Draft will go. We begin with the Magic selecting a new face of the franchise at No. 1.