Monday, 22 Jul 2024

NBA Draft 2022: By the Numbers

The NBA Draft is an exciting time for basketball fans worldwide, as teams select the next generation of talent to join their ranks. The upcoming NBA Draft 2022, presented by State Farm®, is set to take place on Thursday, June 23 at 8 p.m. ET at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, N.Y. The event will be televised by ABC for the first round and ESPN for both rounds, bringing the excitement to fans across the globe. Let’s take a closer look at this year’s NBA Draft by the numbers.


  • 3 – Duke and Kentucky are the U.S. colleges with the most No. 1 overall picks in the NBA Draft, with three each. Elton Brand, Kyrie Irving, and Zion Williamson were selected from Duke, while John Wall, Anthony Davis, and Karl-Anthony Towns were chosen from Kentucky.
  • 9 – The Barclays Center will host the NBA Draft for the ninth time, providing a familiar and prestigious setting for the event.
  • 12 – For the past 12 years, a college freshman has been selected as the No. 1 overall pick. The last non-freshman to claim this honor was Blake Griffin in 2009.
  • 30 – All 30 first-round picks from the 2021 NBA Draft played at least one game during the 2020-21 NBA season, showcasing the immediate impact of these young talents.
  • 36 – Malcolm Brogdon, a second-round pick in the 2016 NBA Draft, became the 2016-17 Kia NBA Rookie of the Year, defying expectations and proving that talent can be found beyond the first round.
  • 41 – Nikola Jokić, the two-time reigning Kia NBA MVP, was selected as the 41st overall pick in the 2014 NBA Draft, making him one of the lowest-drafted players to achieve such success.
  • 1989 – The NBA Draft transitioned to a two-round format in 1989, providing more opportunities for teams to discover hidden gems.
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  • 1 – The Orlando Magic holds the first pick in the NBA Draft for the fourth time in franchise history. Previous selections include Shaquille O’Neal, Chris Webber, and Dwight Howard.
  • 2 – The Oklahoma City Thunder has the second overall pick in the NBA Draft, marking their return to the top five since 2009.
  • 5 – The Detroit Pistons will make the fifth pick in the NBA Draft for the first time, presenting a chance to add promising talent to their roster.
  • 7 – The Portland Trail Blazers are set to make their highest pick since selecting Damian Lillard in the 2012 NBA Draft, holding the seventh overall selection.
  • 1988 – The Indiana Pacers will make their highest pick since the 1988 NBA Draft when they selected Rik Smits as the second overall pick.

Prospect Highlights

  • 3.66 – Chet Holmgren, a forward-center from Gonzaga, averaged an impressive 3.66 blocked shots per game in the 2021-22 season, ranking fourth in NCAA Division I.
  • 16.3 – Keegan Murray, a forward from Iowa, significantly raised his scoring average by 16.3 points this past season, showcasing his growth as a player.
  • 17.2 – Paulo Banchero, a forward from Duke, led all true freshmen in scoring with an average of 17.2 points per game, establishing himself as one of the top prospects.
  • 53 – Ochai Agbaji, a guard from Kansas, set a school record by making a three-pointer in 53 consecutive games, displaying his shooting prowess.
  • 79 – Jabari Smith, a forward from Auburn, set a school record for three-pointers made by a freshman with 79, highlighting his long-range shooting ability.
  • 155 – Walker Kessler, a center from Auburn, led the nation with a remarkable 155 blocked shots in the 2021-22 season, demonstrating his defensive prowess.

Basketball Bonds

  • 5 – Ron Harper Jr., a guard-forward from Rutgers, is the son of Ron Harper, who won five NBA championships during his playing career, establishing a strong basketball lineage.
  • 9 – AJ Griffin, a forward from Duke, is the son of Toronto Raptors assistant coach Adrian Griffin, who enjoyed a successful nine-year NBA career.
  • 10 – Jabari Walker, a forward from Colorado, is the son of Samaki Walker, a former NBA player who won a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers in the 2001-02 season.
  • 75 – Scotty Pippen Jr., a guard from Vanderbilt, is the son of NBA legend Scottie Pippen, a member of the NBA 75th Anniversary Team and six-time NBA champion.
  • 905 – Julian Champagnie, a forward from St. John’s, has an identical twin brother, Justin Champagnie, who plays for the Toronto Raptors’ NBA G League affiliate, Raptors 905.
  • 2001 – Jaden Ivey, a guard from Purdue, is the son of Niele Ivey, a former WNBA player and current Notre Dame women’s basketball head coach who won the 2001 NCAA championship.
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Global Game

  • 2/3/4 – Dyson Daniels (Australia), Bennedict Mathurin (Canada), and Hyunjung Lee (South Korea) are graduates of the NBA Academy program and have the opportunity to become the second, third, and fourth academy graduates to be drafted into the NBA. This follows the success of Josh Giddey, who became the first NBA Academy graduate to be drafted last year.
  • 4 – Ousmane Dieng, a forward from the New Zealand Breakers, trained at the same academy in Paris as Tony Parker, a four-time NBA champion.
  • 10 – International players have played a significant role in the NBA Draft, with at least 10 being selected in each draft since 2000. The top 10 picks have consistently included international players in the last nine drafts.
  • 19 – Nikola Jović, a guard-forward from Mega Mozzart, was named the 2021-22 Top Prospect in the ABA League, a regional competition in Europe, at just 19 years old.
  • 27 – The 2016 NBA Draft witnessed a record 27 international players being selected, with 15 chosen in the first round and 12 in the second round.

NBA G League

  • 3 – Jalen Green, Jonathan Kuminga, and Isaiah Todd, all from NBA G League Ignite, were selected in the 2021 NBA Draft, highlighting the success of the player development program.
  • 5 – NBA G League Ignite has five players who are 2022 NBA Draft prospects, showcasing the program’s commitment to nurturing talent at an early stage.
  • 37 – A significant number of players selected in the 2021 NBA Draft, including 16 first-round picks, had previously played in the NBA G League, emphasizing the league’s role as a stepping stone to the NBA.


  • 1 – Malika Andrews will host ESPN’s NBA Draft coverage for the first time, bringing her expertise to the event. Cassidy Hubbarth, Kendrick Perkins, and Richard Jefferson will also host ESPN’s Red Carpet pregame show.
  • 2 – The NBA Draft will be aired on both ABC and ESPN for the second time, ensuring that fans can follow the action on their preferred platform.
  • 20 – ESPN’s coverage of the NBA Draft continues for the 20th consecutive year, solidifying its status as a trusted source for basketball enthusiasts.
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  • 3 – NBA TV will provide a three-hour preview show hosted by Jared Greenberg, featuring Andy Katz, Brendan Haywood, and Jonathan Wasserman. This comprehensive preview aims to delve into the draft’s potential selections and storylines.
  • 90 – NBA TV’s Mock Draft 2022 presented by Getty Images will simulate the first round, offering analysis and insights into each proposed pick. This 90-minute show promises to provide a unique perspective on the upcoming draft.


  • 11 – State Farm will once again serve as the presenting partner of the NBA Draft, highlighting their continued support of this significant event. The State Farm jingle will play inside the arena during the draft announcement, adding a touch of familiarity to the proceedings.
  • 36 – The NBA Draft hat has become an iconic symbol of a player’s selection, with a tradition that dates back to the 1986 NBA Draft. New Era, the presenting partner of the red carpet, will showcase the draft hats of all 30 teams, further enhancing the draft day experience.

NBA Cares and Jr. NBA

  • 2 – Two top prospects will attend the graduation ceremony at Dual Language Middle School, providing inspiration and congratulations to the graduating class.
  • 11 – The Jr. NBA Skills Challenge National Finals will coincide with the draft week, showcasing the talents of young players from various regions across the country.
  • 30 – The NBA and the National Basketball Players Association will host a basketball combine and an NBA Cares packing project, demonstrating their commitment to the community and supporting local organizations.

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