2022 NBA draft grades: Analysis for every team’s picks

The Crossover’s NBA draft expert Jeremy Woo hands out his grades for every first-round pick.

1. Orlando Magic: Paolo Banchero

Grade: A-

The Magic just pulled off some all-time draft shenanigans, for which I’m slightly upgrading their grade here at No. 1. Orlando successfully kept this close to the vest and had much of the NBA fooled, including Banchero himself, who as I understand it wasn’t even sure he was the guy here. I had Banchero at No. 2 and Jabari Smith Jr. at No. 1 on my board, and I would have taken Smith, but this is a defensible decision by the Magic, who badly need the type of playmaking and offensive imagination Banchero offers and don’t have a true offensive focal point on the roster. I’m not giving them full credit, purely because I would have done it differently, but it’s going to be particularly fascinating to see how the careers of the top three picks play out after this curveball. If this is any indicator, it’s going to be a long night.

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