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

2022 NBA Draft Chet Holmgren Paolo Banchero
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2022 NBA Draft, Paolo Banchero
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2022 NBA Draft mock #2: Detroit Pistons: Paolo Banchero

*Pistons owe pick to Thunder if it falls outside the top 16

Banchero will be leading Duke this season, and there is already a ton of hype about the head-to-head battle against Holmgren scheduled for Nov. 26 in Las Vegas. Both are hyper-skilled forwards that will be looking to put their stamp on being the number one pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.

Banchero is a big man with incredible ball-handling and passing ability. The teenager can grab a rebound and take it coast-to-coast for a score. He continues to improve his jumper and is an outstanding offensive prospect that profiles to feature as a point forward for stretches.

The soon-to-be 19-year-old also stands out on the defensive end of the floor. He uses his size well and should be able to defend multiple positions. It will be interesting to watch how well Banchero guards on the perimeter at the NCAA level. If he proves he can switch out on guards, it will strengthen his case to go number one.

The Detroit Pistons will be looking to make a significant improvement this season with 2021 number one draft pick Cade Cunningham, but they would love to add a versatile skilled big man like Paolo Banchero to their roster.