2022 NBA Draft Lottery results: Magic win No. 1 overall pick, Thunder land at No. 2, Kings jump into top four

2022 NBA Draft Lottery results: Magic win No. 1 overall pick, Thunder land at No. 2, Kings jump into top four

Published May 18, 2022
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The Orlando Magic won the long-awaited NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday and will now have the No. 1 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft, which is set for June 23. The Oklahoma City Thunder, Houston Rockets, Sacramento Kings and Detroit Pistons round out the top five.

This is the fourth time that the Magic have won the No. 1 overall pick, which is second only to the Cleveland Cavaliers in the lottery era. The last time they drafted first, they selected Dwight Howard in 2004. If they can get someone as good as Howard this time around it will be a major success.

There is no clear-cut No. 1 overall pick in this year’s draft, and the various candidates comprise a wide range of positions and skills. Some of the potential options include Gonzaga big man Chet Holmgren, Duke forward Paolo Banchero, Auburn forward Jabari Smith and Purdue guard Jaden Ivey. Holmgren was the No. 1 pick in Kyle Boone’s latest mock draft and Ivey is the top-rated prospect on his Top 75 Big Board.    

1. Magic 2. Thunder 3. Rockets 4. Kings 5. Pistons 6. Pacers 7. Trail Blazers 8. Pelicans (via Lakers) 9. Spurs 10. Wizards 11. Knicks 12. Thunder (via Clippers) 13. Hornets 14. Cavaliers  

Here are some key takeaways from the night:

The Magic had the second-worst record in the league last season, going 22-60 as they missed the playoffs for the second straight season. While that’s not an ideal way to spend seven-plus months, all of the losing paid off as they won the No. 1 overall pick on Tuesday night.

“The fans, the organization, it’s so exciting,” Magic coach Jamahl Mosley said. “There’s so much to look forward to. It’s going to be special.”

While a coach is always going to be optimistic about his team’s future, the Magic really could be on the verge of building something special. They had two lottery picks last season in Jalen Suggs and Franz Wagner, the latter of which is almost certainly going to be on the All-Rookie Team. 

Add in the likes of Markelle Fultz, Wendell Carter Jr., Jonathan Isaac (if he ever plays basketball again), Cole Anthony, Chuma Okeke and RJ Hampton, plus whoever they take at No. 1 this year, and that’s a lot of young talent. There’s never any guarantees in the NBA, but the Magic could be pretty fun in a few years. 

There weren’t any major surprises on Tuesday night, as the lottery largely went to form. Still, there was a little bit of movement. Most notably, the Sacramento Kings, who had the seventh-worst record in the league last season, jumped up to the No. 4 overall pick. 

That’s a nice little result for a team that hasn’t had much luck or success in recent years — especially considering that there seems to be a consensus top-four in this class: Chet Homgren, Paolo Banchero, Jabari Smith and Jaden Ivey. 

The Kings haven’t made the playoffs since 2006, which is the longest drought in the league. They made a clear push to change that last season by trading Tyrese Haliburton and Buddy Hield to the Indiana Pacers for Domantas Sabonis. It didn’t work last season, but adding another top-four pick might help them finally get back to the playoffs in the future. 

After eight straight playoff appearances, the Portland Trail Blazers were back in the lottery for the first time since 2012, when they drafted Damian Lillard. He was in attendance as their representative on Tuesday, but was unable to bring them any luck, as they fell to the No. 7 overall pick. 

While that wasn’t a massive drop — they had the sixth-worst record last season — they also didn’t get the big jump they were hoping for, and ultimately really needed to transform their team. 

After Lillard underwent abdominal surgery, they not only made a decision to tank, but came to the conclusion that their core wasn’t good enough. They traded CJ McCollum, Norman Powell, Larry Nance Jr. and Robert Covington, and Jusuf Nurkic is set to be a free agent. This is going to be a busy summer for the club as they try to rebuild around Lillard, and jumping up into the top three or four of the lottery would have been a huge help. 

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“[The No. 6 pick] will be the highest the Pacers have selected in over three decades, since Indiana drafted Rik Smits second overall in 1988.”https://t.co/NH8j1WzhME

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The Admiral signs off from the #NBADraftLottery! Catch y’all on June 23 for the @NBADraft 🗓 @DavidtheAdmiral | #PorVida pic.twitter.com/oqxkdFhxrs

The 2022 #NBADraftLottery presented by State Farm is complete. pic.twitter.com/NUlGiluyAN

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“The fans. The organization. It’s so exciting. … It’s going to be special.” – Jamahl Mosley📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/KiFtYeQhXk

one former No. 6 overall pick. pic.twitter.com/n50SM7jOtm

The results for the Top 4 in the 2022 #NBADraftLottery presented by State Farm:4. @SacramentoKings 3. @HoustonRockets 2. @okcthunder 1. @OrlandoMagic pic.twitter.com/qQ7MHj848n

The 2022 #NBADraftLottery presented by State Farm:1 @OrlandoMagic 2 @okcthunder 3 @HoustonRockets 4 @SacramentoKings 5 @DetroitPistons 6 @Pacers 7 @trailblazers 8 LAL (to @PelicansNBA)9 @spurs10 @WashWizards11 @nyknicks12 LAC (to @okcthunder)13 @hornets14 @cavs

The results for the top 4 picks in the #NBADraftLottery presented by State Farm:4: @SacramentoKings 3: @HoustonRockets 2: @okcthunder 1: @OrlandoMagic

The results are in for picks 5-14 in the #NBADraftLottery presented by State Farm5: @DetroitPistons 6: @Pacers 7: @trailblazers 8: Lakers (to @PelicansNBA)9: @spurs10: @WashWizards11: @nyknicks12: Clippers (to @okcthunder)13: @hornets14: @cavs

And there you have it. The No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft goes to the @OrlandoMagic2 | @okcthunder 3 | @HoustonRockets 4 | @SacramentoKings 5 | @DetroitPistons To round out the top 5! #NBADraftLottery pic.twitter.com/eqfBpMZeb6

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The 2022 #NBADraftLottery presented by State Farm:1 @OrlandoMagic 2 @okcthunder 3 @HoustonRockets 4 @SacramentoKings 5 @DetroitPistons 6 @Pacers 7 @trailblazers 8 LAL (to @PelicansNBA)9 @spurs10 @WashWizards11 @nyknicks12 LAC (to @okcthunder)13 @hornets14 @cavs

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The 2022 #NBADraftLottery presented by State Farm:1 @OrlandoMagic 2 @okcthunder 3 @HoustonRockets 4 @SacramentoKings 5 @DetroitPistons 6 @Pacers 7 @trailblazers 8 LAL (to @PelicansNBA)9 @spurs10 @WashWizards11 @nyknicks12 LAC (to @okcthunder)13 @hornets14 @cavs

NEVER A DOUBT COACH📺: ESPN pic.twitter.com/tKWlySYEvO

#3 welcome to Houston

Duke forward Paolo Banchero was on the broadcast earlier and explained why he should be the No. 1 overall pick:

“I feel like I’m the No. 1 pick in the draft because I feel like I’m the best overall player. I feel like I check all the boxes,” Banchero said. “I’ve been a winner my whole life. When I get to the NBA that’s gonna be the same goal for me.”

Will the Magic agree? We’ll have to wait until June 23 to find out

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The Kings land the No. 4 overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft. Presented by @sac_coe pic.twitter.com/poDdTMR2uS

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This is the fourth time that the Magic have had the No. 1 overall pick. Only the Cavaliers have had the first pick more often in the lottery era. The last time the Magic had the first pick they selected Dwight Howard in 2004. 

“The fans, the organization, it’s so exciting,” Jamahl Mosley said. “There’s so much to look forward to. It’s going to be special.”

We are picking third! 🚀 pic.twitter.com/innHskktsv

The results are in for picks 5-14 in the #NBADraftLottery presented by State Farm5: @DetroitPistons 6: @Pacers 7: @trailblazers 8: Lakers (to @PelicansNBA)9: @spurs10: @WashWizards11: @nyknicks12: Clippers (to @okcthunder)13: @hornets14: @cavs

COACH MOSE!!!!!

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