Australian teenager Dyson Daniels is set to become an overnight millionaire after rocketing to the top 10 picks ahead of the 2022 NBA Draft.
With the draft taking place on Friday morning (AEST), the 19-year-old Bendigo native is set to hear his name called in the top eight picks according to multiple draft experts.
A growth spurt has seen Daniels become a 202cm guard who can facilitate and defend multiple positions, making the Aussie a tantalizing prospect for a number of teams inside the lottery.
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According to the 2021-22 NBA Rookie Scale, Daniels could potentially make over $7 million in his rookie season if he is selected by the Portland Trail Blazers with the No. 7 pick.
If he drops a later pick against the New Orleans Pelicans at No. 8, Daniels can still make over $6 million in his first season.
Daniels is currently being mocked at the Blazers by The Athletic draft guru Sam Vecenie and ESPN’s Jonathan Givony. Ringer’s Kevin O’Connor has the slated Aussie at No.8 for the Pelicans.
Ahead of the highly anticipated 2022 NBA Draft, here’s everything you need to know.
What time is the NBA draft?
The 2022 NBA Draft will take place beginning at 9:30 a.m. AEST on Friday, June 24 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York.
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2022 NBA draft order
Here’s how teams will make their selections in the first round of the 2022 draft:
1. The magic of Orlando
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Rockets de Houston
4. Rois de Sacramento
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Portland Trail Blazers
8. New Orleans Pelicans (via LA Lakers)
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Wizards of Washington
11. Les Knicks de New York
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (via LA Clippers)
13. Charlotte’s Hornets
14. Cavaliers de Cleveland
15. Charlotte Hornets (via New Orleans)
16. Hawks d’Atlanta
17. Houston Rockets (via Brooklyn)
18. Chicago Bulls
19. Loups of Minnesota
20. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto)
21. Denver Nuggets
22. Memphis Grizzlies (via l’Utah)
23. Philadelphia 76ers
24. Milwaukee Bucks
25. San Antonio Spurs (via Boston)
26. Dallas Mavericks
27. Miami Heat
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Memphis Grizzlies
30. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Phoenix)
Who are the top prospects in this year’s class?
There are three prospects who are the consensus picks to be the top three names read by NBA commissioner Adam Silver on draft night.
Auburn striker Jabari Smith Jr is widely tipped to be the Orlando Magic’s No. 1 pick, while Gonzaga’s 216cm giant Chet Holmgren has been mocked by the Thunder for being the Australian guard’s running mate Josh Giddey at No. 2. Houston has made no secret that it wants Duke forward Paolo Banchero with the No. 3 pick.
The draft is expected to open after the top three picks with Jaden Ivey, Keegan Murray, Bennedict Mathurin, Dyson Daniels, Ousmane Dieng, Johnny Davis, Shaedon Sharpe, AJ Griffin and Jeremy Sochan all having a chance to break into the top 10.
NBA Draft History
Orlando will open the NBA Draft for the fourth time in franchise history unless it drops out of first place on draft night.
The Magic selected Shaquille O’Neal with their first No. 1 pick in the 1992 draft. Orlando miraculously won the coin toss a year later and picked Chris Webber at No. 1 before trading him for the No. No. 3 Penny Hardaway and future draft concessions.
Orlando was selected first overall again in 2004, selecting big man Dwight Howard straight out of high school. Howard led the Magic to their last NBA Finals appearance in 2009.
2021 first-round draft pick
The 2021 draft class ended up being one of the most impressive rookie crops in recent memory.
Scottie Barnes, who was selected fourth overall by the Toronto Raptors, was named rookie of the year, narrowly edging out Cleveland’s third pick, Evan Mobley.
Barnes and Mobley were joined on the All-Rookie First Team by No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham, No. 2 pick Jalen Green and No. 8 pick Franz Wagner.
Australian Josh Giddey, who was picked No. 6 by the Oklahoma City Thunder, was named to the All-Rookie Second Team alongside Herbert Jones, Chris Duarte, Bones Hyland and Ayo Dosunmu.
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