Orlando Magic Daily 2022 NBA Mock Draft 3.0
The Best of the Lottery
The Sacramento Kings do not need Jaden Ivey. They are loaded at guard with De’Aaron Fox and Davion Mitchell spearheading one of the best offenses in the league. Drafting and keeping Ivey would probably mean the Kings are done with Fox.
Ivey is a dynamic scorer and attacker at the basket. But I feel like he has a lot more to gain as a playmaker and especially as a shooter. I am significantly lower on him than everyone else.
But this is a pick ripe to be traded. Sacramento is looking for more veteran help so they can make that final push over the top and back into the playoffs. Still makes everyone wonder why Sacramento made its move in February with the Indiana Pacers.
Keegan Murray is a guy I have had my eye on for a long time. And apparently, so have the Orlando Magic, having met with him at several points of contact. And there is a lot to like. He has good size and is a capable defender at either forward spot. He is a great 3-point shooter and has good athleticism to finish at the basket.
In Detroit with the Detroit Pistons, Murray could slot in alongside Cade Cunningham and Saddiq Bey, giving them a killer offensive backcourt. Murray can play some power forward, but he would likely not be a permanent replacement for Jerami Grant, dealt to the Portland Trail Blazers on Wednesday.
Dyson Daniels has emerged as the best of the prospects from the G-League Ignite this year. He gives the Indiana Pacers a good guard to score and play off of Tyrese Haliburton as the Pacers continue to remake their roster.
A.J. Griffin has a lot of tools in his toolbox for sure. He can hit from the outside and score a little bit off the dribble. He is the perfect complement to spread the floor for Damian Lillard. He has the defensive tools but is still a bit lacking. There is a lot to like about Griffin, but not a lot of impressive things. This is a pick that is ripe to be traded.