2022 NBA Draft Big Board — 6. Shaedon Sharpe, Kentucky
Shaedon Sharpe played zero minutes of basketball at Kentucky and has made it difficult for teams to glimpse him so far in the pre-draft process. There are valid concerns over the simply lack of recent tape, but Sharpe’s size and dynamic shot-making on the wing, combined with excellent defensive upside, should keep him tethered to the top of most draft boards.
2022 NBA Draft Big Board — 5. A.J. Griffin, Duke
A.J. Griffin is one of the youngest players in the draft but he doesn’t really play like it. He’s endlessly clever, with subtle pump-fakes and gorgeous footwork inside the arc. His shot-making profile at 6-foot-7 is already impressive, while his defensive versatility and unselfish demeanor should appeal to every NBA team. He has some decision-making issues on defense, and he has real injury troubles in his past, but Griffin is perhaps the underdog of the 2022 draft process.
2022 NBA Draft Big Board — 4. Jaden Ivey, Purdue
Jaden Ivey has rightfully rocketed into the top-4 on most draft boards. An explosive and slippery driver, Ivey is virtually impossible to stop once he’s going downhill. He can dunk over you, or hang in midair and finish with finesse. He’s an excellent and willing passer on the move, and the 3-point shot is starting to come around. Without the ball, Ivey is still an attentive and impactful offensive player. No many guards with his on-ball talent can say that.