According to CBS Sports, Jabari Smith is predicted to be drafted by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick in the 2022 NBA Draft.
Early in the draft process, it looked like there was a large percentage of NBA Draft analysts who predicted Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren to go to first place overall. There seems to be a trend towards the selection of Smith with the top pick by Magic.
Kyle Boone of CBS Sports wrote this summary for the Smith selection.
Kevin Durant recently said on Twitter that “Sizing, shot-making, proficiency, IQ for the position” and having a polynomial defender are of paramount importance in determining the best player in the NBA. Smith checks almost every box out there as a possibility. Great position size, elite shooter for his position, capable defender and just scratching the surface of his all-star potential. Both a safe pick by Orlando and a big swing on the future star.
It is hard to argue with that logic.
Auburn fans are used to seeing Smith bequeath scores during his time in the college ranks. His pure jump shot would be a treat at the NBA level.
If he moves to the Orlando Magic, he will be able to play alongside former Auburn Tiger Chuma OKK. These two will bring size and the ability to score from across the floor to the Magic’s starting lineup.
Walker Kessler, another Auburn Tiger who is expected to be a first-round pick by May, was not included in the first-round mock written by CBS Sports’ Boone.
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