The NBA Draft’s 2022 starting grid is exactly what we thought it would be, with a spicy twist. Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren, Jaden Ivey and Keegan Murray blasted off to start the evening. After reports emerged earlier in the day that the Orlando Magic were sinking their hooks into Jabari Smith, a Woj atomic bomb threw the top five into a blender.
This top five may not exude the death lineup aura that 2018’s top five (Deandre Ayton, Marvin Bagley, Trae Young, Luka Dončić, and Jaren Jackson Jr.) radiated. We may not know for a few seasons if Banchero, Holmgren, Ivey, Murray and Smith are the cornerstones of the franchise in their new teams, but in the end they could be talented pillars alongside their respective superstar teammates.