2022 NBA mock draft: Top three picks look certain

The prevailing view among NBA scouts is that there is a top three consensus for the draft, which will begin Thursday at 5 p.m. PDT at the Barclays Center in New York.

But from the fourth pick, the draft could go in any direction.

That’s because the Sacramento Kings have fourth pick and are looking to move it for an “NBA-eligible veteran,” according to people in the know.

The New York Knicks, Washington Wizards and Atlanta Hawks are all interested in Sacramento’s fourth pick.

This is a look at how things might play out in the first round. The Lakers and Clippers have no first-round picks.

1. Orlando: Jabari Smith, 19, PF, 6-10, Auburn

Though young, its size, length, and athletic ability are intriguing.

2. Oklahoma City: Chet Holmgren, 20, F/C, 7-0, Gonzaga

Agile for his size, he can shoot and has good ball handling skills. His weight (195 pounds) is a concern.

3. Houston: Paolo Banchero, 19, PF, 6-10, Duke

Considered NBA ready. Can pass and score. But how much better can he be?

4. Sacramento: Jaden Ivey, 20, SG, 6-4, Purdue

He is aggressive and explosive. It’s likely the Kings will pass the pick to a team that needs backcourt help.

Purdue's Jaden Ivey brings the ball back to Yale during a game last season.

Purdue guard Jaden Ivey is likely to be picked fourth in the NBA draft Thursday, but will the Sacramento Kings make the pick or will they trade?

(Morry Gash/Associated Press)

5. Detroit: Shaedon Sharpe, 18, G, 6-6, Kentucky

Works great alongside point guard Cade Cunningham to give Pistons a backcourt of the future.

6. Indiana: Keegan Murray, 21, F, 6-8, Iowa

Nice midfield game and can put the ball on the ground to score from drive.

7. Portland: Dyson Daniels, 19, G, 6-8, G League Ignite

Has really good point guard skills and is a really good defender, both on and off the ball.

8. New Orleans: Bennedict Mathurin, 19, G, 6-6, Arizona

A good size for a shooting guard and makes a good defender.

9. San Antonio: Ousmane Dieng, 19, F, 6-9, France

Was impressive in training during the draft process and got him up the ranks.

10. Washington: Johnny Davis, 20, G, 6-5, Wisconsin

A slasher who is tough and able to defend but needs to improve the three-point shot.

Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis drives against Rutgers.

Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis drives during a game against Rutgers last season.

(Adam Hunger/Associated Press)

11. New York: AJ Griffin, 18, F, 6-6, Duke

Perhaps the best straight shooter in the draft, he’s a natural goalscorer.

12. Oklahoma City: Blake Wesley, 19, G, 6-5, Notre Dame

He is super explosive with a lot of athleticism and goal-scoring ability.

13. Charlotte: Jeremy Sochan, 19, F, 6-9, Baylor

Its wingspan of over two meters makes it a good defender.

14. Cleveland: Malaki Branham, 19, F, 6-5, Ohio State

Has a strong work ethic and ability to score in a variety of ways.

15. Charlotte: Mark Williams, 20, C, 7-0, Duke

Was a top rim guard in the NCAA last season.

16. Atlanta: Jalen Duren, 18, C, 6-11, Memphis

Not a bad rim guard, but Hawks is probably ready to move this pick.

Memphis center Jalen Duren blocks a shot from Tennessee Tech's John Pettway.

Memphis center Jalen Duren blocks a shot from Tennessee Tech’s John Pettway during a game last season.

(Karen Pulfer Focht/Associated Press)

17 Houston: Ochai Agbaji, 22, G/F, 6-5, Kansas

He’s more of a small forward who needs to improve his ball handling skills.

18. Chicago: Tari Eason, 21, F, 6-8, State of Louisiana

A defensive player who is raw offensively.

19. Minnesota: TyTy Washington, 20, G, 6-3, Kentucky

Could add depth to the Timberwolves’ talented backcourt.

20. San Antonio: Kennedy Chandler, 19, PG, 6-0, Tennessee

He’s super fast and can score.

21.Denver: Jalen Williams, 21, G/F, 6-6, Santa Clara

His size and strength make him a good defender.

22nd Memphis: MarJon Beauchamp, 21, F, 6-6, G League Ignite

Long and athletic, a driver and slasher.

23. Philadelphia: Jaden Hardy, 19, G, 6-4, G League Ignite

Is a talented goalscorer with handles who can shoot the three-pointer.

24. Milwaukee: Nikola Jovic, 18, F, 6-10, Serbia

Has really good ball skills and is athletic.

25. San Antonio: EJ Liddell, 21, F, 6-7, Ohio State

Undersized power forward, but strong and tough.

Ohio State forward EJ Liddell works on the post against Michigan State's Malik Hall.

Ohio State forward EJ Liddell works in a game against Michigan State’s Malik Hall last season.

(Jay LaPrete/Associated Press)

26. Houston: Wendell Moore, 20, F, 6-5, Duke

Likes to go to the basket.

27. Miami: Dalen Terry, 19, G, 6-7, Arizona

Good size for a point guard looking to pass first.

28th Golden State: Walker Kessler, 20, C, 7-1, Auburn

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29. Memphis: Patrick Baldwin, 19, F, 6-9, Milwaukee

Has the skills to be a stretch four.

30. Denver: John Butler, 19, F/C, 7-1, Florida State

Has a good shooting range for its size and length. 2022 NBA mock draft: Top three picks look certain

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