2022 NBA Draft Rumors: Latest Rumors and Information

The draft is fast approaching, word is circulating around the league, and trade talks are starting to get serious. We will have a full mock draft update tomorrow. Until then, here are some notes from the NBA, things I’m listening to and other items to watch out for before draft night.

What about the top of the eraser?

From what I can tell, as of Wednesday morning, Jabari Smith remains the favorite to come off the board at No. 1 to Orlando. Due to the silence that the Magic have successfully projected to the rest of the NBA, this cannot be treated as an absolute certainty, but it has become a strong hunch shared by most of the league. Many think Magic boss Jeff Weltman has a soft spot for Chet Holmgren, but most expect Orlando to land on Smith, who, for what it’s worth, is my highest-rated prospect and the player I’d take at No. 1.

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