Orlando Magic Land No.1 Overall Pick in NBA Draft for the First Time Since 2004

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ORLANDO, FLORIDA (SI.COM) – The Magic landed the top pick in the 2022 NBA draft Tuesday night after winning the league’s annual draft lottery.

Auburn forward Jabari Smith is the leads Sports Illustrated’s Jeremy Woo’s Big Board.

Smith, who spent one season with the Tigers, averaged 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds, and two assists while shooting 42.9% from the field and 79.9% from the free-throw line.

The 19-year-old scores efficiently carry the ability to defend and switch on opposing defenders as well as strong instincts, which should bode him well at the next level.

Some of the other top prospects in this year’s draft class include Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Purdue’s Jaden Ivy, and Iowa’s Keegan Murray.

While many are often worried about Holmgren’s frame, the 7-footer has the ability to protect the basket, handle the ball, make plays, and space the floor, which has many teams excited about his future in the league.

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