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2022 NBA mock draft: Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren becomes the next great big man in Orlando

Audacy logo Audacy 5/18/2022 Jasper Jones
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The 2022 NBA Draft order is officially set after Tuesday night's lottery results were revealed in Chicago. The balls bounced in favor of the Orlando Magic, winning the No. 1 overall pick for the fourth time in franchise history.

Now the question that begs to be asked is who will the Magic select with the first overall pick? If you watched college basketball this season, there wasn't one guy who could distinguish themselves as the No. 1 guy in the draft class. At times, Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren seemed to be the unanimous choice, flashing moments of brilliance and displaying undeniable range for someone his size. Other times, Duke's Paolo Banchero and Auburn's Jabari Smith looked the part.

If history were any indication of who Orlando may select, the Magic have used all three of their No. 1 picks to take a big (in 1993 they took Chris Webber but traded him for Penny Hardaway.) Holmgren may not be the physical specimens that both Dwight Howard and Shaq were but the 20-year-old center from Minnesota has the shooting ability that Howard and Shaq could only dream about, shooting 39% from deep in college.

As scouts start to take their first real evaluations of the players in this year's draft class, we at Audacy Sports will take our first stab at where college's top players will land in the first round.

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