3 Best 2nd Round Picks from the 2022 NBA Draft

Honorable Mention: EJ Liddell (41st pick by New Orleans Pelicans)

3. Kennedy Chandler
38th Pick by San Antonio Spurs (Traded to Memphis Grizzlies)
The Freshman from Tennessee has raw talent. However, he dropped to the 2nd round of the 2022 Draft due to his youth. Over time, teams will be upset that they overlooked Kennedy Chandler. He has 1st round talent and showed flashes of what he will bring to the Grizzlies during his time at Tennessee. My player comparison for Chandler is Collin Sexton; however, he has the potential to be a game-changer like Damian Lillard over time.

Source: NBA.com

2. Jaden Hardy
37th pick by Sacramento Kings (Traded to Dallas Mavericks)
In most mock drafts, NBA experts projected Jaden Hardy as a first-round pick. Hardy averaged 19.8 points, 4.4 rebounds, and 3.5 assists against professional talent playing for the G-League Ignite. I am unaware why a player with this much-proven talent was available at 37th overall. Look for Hardy to make an immediate impact off the bench for the Dallas Mavericks. My player comparison for Jaden Hardy is Jaylen Brown.

Source: NBA.com
  1. Khalifa Diop
    39th pick by the Cleveland Cavaliers
    The 7’1″ Center from Senegal has the rawest potential in the 2022 draft class. Khalifa has a lot of work ahead of him in the NBA Draft, but the potential is there, and his presence in the paint will be scary for opponents in the future. His highlights draw comparisons to Glen Davis, and with good NBA coaching, I can see him achieving accolades similar to Kendrick Perkins.
Source: NBA.com

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