Basketball Wiretap

Jabari Smith Entering Conversation As Potential No. 1 Pick In 2022 NBA Draft

Dec 27, 2021 1:44 PM

Jabari Smith Jr. has entered the conversation as the potential top pick in the 2022 NBA draft.

Smith is av​​eraging 16.2 points, 7.2 rebounds, 2.3 assists, and 1.8 steals in his freshman season at Auburn.

Paolo Banchero and Chet Holmgren entered the season as the two prospects most likely to be picked first and second overall.

Kevin O'Connor of The Ringer Smith has "even surpassed them in the eyes of many scouts and executives around the league."

Kevin O'Connor/The Ringer

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Knicks Declined Opportunity To Make Draft Promise To Chris Duarte

Dec 11, 2021 3:34 PM

The New York Knicks had a chance to give Chris Duarte a draft promise at No. 19 before he had conducted any personal workouts. The Knicks declined and he was eventually selected at No. 13 by the Indiana Pacers.

Duarte has had an excellent rookie season.

“By the time Duarte started doing workouts, it was over,’’ one NBA source said. “He wasn’t lasting until 19."

The Knicks owned four picks: Nos. 19, 21, 32 and 58.

Marc Berman/New York Post

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