2022 NBA Mock Draft: Jabari Smith, Chet Holmgren compete for No. 1

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84. . F. Sacramento Kings. Keegan Murray. 4. player

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 4. Keegan Murray, Kings

He’s not the best prospect available, but Keegan Murray was a highly productive college player who fills a position of need for Sacramento. The Kings probably won’t dip into the point guard pool again, and Murray’s two-way versatility would make him a clean fit next to De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis. He’s also one of the most NBA-ready prospects on the board, and it’s no secret that the Kings want to make the playoffs.

G. Detroit Pistons. Jaden Ivey. 5. player. 64.

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 5. Jaden Ivey, Pistons

The Pistons form possibly the most exciting young backcourt in the NBA with Jaden Ivey and Cade Cunningham. The latter could be in All-Star contention as soon as next season, while Ivey provides the explosiveness and rim pressure necessary to complement Cunningham as a co-captain of the offense. Ivey has experience playing on or off the ball and he would immediately up the entertainment value of Detroit’s offense.

6. player. 100. . G. Indiana Pacers. Shaedon Sharpe

2022 NBA Mock Draft — 6. Shaedon Sharpe, Pacers

Indiana should be star-hunting and no player matches the upside of Shaedon Sharpe, a fluid 6-foot-6 guard from Kentucky who never actually played basketball for Kentucky. It has been hard to scouts to properly evaluate Sharpe as he lingers in the shadows, but his positional size, shot-making talent, and defensive upside should more than pique the interest of Indy. He would have no problem sharing the floor with Tyrese Haliburton and Malcolm Brogdon.