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2022 NBA Draft mock 1.0: First look at the first round

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The 2022 NBA Draft is loaded with intriguing and talented prospects. There is plenty of debate about who will go first overall as the prospects head into the 2021-2022 season. Chet Holmgren is the favorite, but as many as five players could vault into that spot with outstanding campaigns.

The Dallas Mavericks will have a first-round choice in this draft. They still owe the New York Knicks a first-rounder from the Kristaps Porzingis trade, but the Stepien Rule prevented them from making it their 2022 choice. The Mavs figured to be picking in the 20s and searching for an NBA-ready prospect.

Fans are likely not familiar with many of the prospects as the college season is still over one month away. So, let us take a quick look at a mock first round for the 2022 draft to examine player’s strengths and weaknesses heading into the year.

2022 NBA Draft mock 1.0: Examining the first round

Remember, this is just an opening look at the prospects and much will change between now and draft night. The NCAA Tournament and draft workouts alone sway NBA decision-makers, so an entire season will have a gigantic impact. Use this as an introduction to the prospects and some things to look for in the 2021-2022 season.

Note, the order is based solely on the regular season records of the NBA teams from the 2020-2021 season. It is way too early to determine who is selecting where. This mock draft is focused more on getting to know the prospects in this class. The fits with teams were secondary to just viewing the top talents.