The 2022 NBA draft is set to take place tonight — and Florida State basketball player John Butler Jr is hoping to hear his name.
While Butler wasn’t expected to be in the top ten picks, finishing a two-year streak (Scotty Barnes, No. 4 at the Toronto Raptors and Patrick Williams, No. 4 at the Chicago Bulls), he was ranked as a potential second-round pick after a solid showing for NBA Combine.
His breakdown on NBA.com:
Measuring 7-foot-0.75 with a skinny 174-pound frame and 7-foot-2.25 wingspan at the 2022 NBA Draft Combine, Butler lacks strength in a major way, but has a formidable size, good length, and a very smart for his size.
• Among the most outstanding players in college basketball, Butler spent a lot of time playing on the ocean. While he performed in a minor offensive role, he showed interesting potential as a shooter, the ability to finish over the edge, and even some fluidity in attacking closing. While still early in his development, he showed more substance as a shooter than most young players of his size giving him interesting potential in the long run.
• Demonstrating great mobility due to his height and gentle timing as a blocker, Butler’s tools played a major role in his defensive impact last season. His lack of strength is an obvious limiting factor as he looks forward and is still learning the nuances of the game, but his ability to move his feet is an impressive seven-foot.
The Detroit Bad Boys, the sister site to SB Nation that covers the Detroit Pistons, also disrupted the Butler game, making the argument that brought him to Motor City:
If the butler’s measurements are enough to include his uniqueness and question marks all in one well-packed box, shoot the 3-point butler and you’ll better understand that we’re not dealing with your standard second-round probability. Last season at Florida State, Butler fired 39.3% from long range in 2.7 attempts per game. While that might sound like a few tries, Butler’s three-point try rate was 50.6%, which means that just over half of his shots came from downtown.
Oh, and did I also mention that Butler is a student? So here we have a 19-year-old who’s over 7ft and shoots close to 40% of three – and he has another attractive statistic as he hits 1.2 shots per game as well.
Pounding the Rock, SB Nation’s sister site, made the San Antonio Spurs pick the Butler with the #38 pick, the Los Angeles Times made the Butler pick the #30 to the Denver Nuggets, for the win made him #28 to the Portland Trail Blazers, while Sports Illustrated made him go to New Orleans Pelicans No. 41. His name was not found in the phantom drafts of CBS, Yahoo, Bleacher Report, The Ringer, or The Athletic.
Nation Tomahawk Michael Rogner and Matt Minnick break down the butler game, as well as an outlook for the FSU slate in 2022-23 in the latest entry for the TN Basketball Pod:
Anthony Bullitt and owner Osborne are also part of the group of players in the 2022 NBA Draft, although their names are not expected to be heard on Thursday.
How to watch 2022 NBA Draft
- Date: Thursday 23 June 2022
- Time: 8:00 p.m. Eastern time
- TV: ESPN
- Stream: WatchESPN
1. Orlando Magic
2. Oklahoma City Thunder
3. Houston Rockets
4. Sacramento Kings
5. Detroit Pistons
6. Indiana Pacers
7. Portland Trail Blazers
8. New Orleans Pelicans (from Los Angeles Lakers)
9. San Antonio Spurs
10. Washington Wizards
11. New York Knicks
12. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Los Angeles Clippers)
13. Charlotte Hornets
14. Cleveland Cavaliers
15. Charlotte Hornets (from New Orleans)
16. Atlanta Hawks
17. Houston Rockets (from Brooklyn)
18. Chicago Bulls
19. Minnesota Timberwolves
20 – San Antonio Spurs (from Toronto)
21. Denver Nuggets
22 – Memphis Grizzlies (from Utah)
23. Philadelphia 76ers
24. Milwaukee Bucks
25- San Antonio Spurs (from Boston)
26- Houston Rockets (from Dallas).
27. Miami Heat
28. Golden State Warriors
29. Memphis Grizzlies
30- Denver Nuggets (from Oklahoma City).
31. Indiana Pacers (from Houston via Cleveland)
32. Orlando Magic
33- Toronto Raptors (from Detroit through San Antonio, Washington and Chicago)
34. Oklahoma City Thunder
35. Los Angeles Lakers (from Indiana via Milwaukee and Orlando)
36 – Detroit Pistons (from Portland)
37. Sacramento Kings
38- San Antonio Spurs (from Los Angeles Lakers via Chicago and Washington)
39. Cleveland Cavaliers (from San Antonio via Utah)
40 – Minnesota Timberwolves (from Washington via Cleveland)
41. New Orleans Pelicans
42. New York Knicks
43. Los Angeles Clippers
44. Atlanta Hawks
45. Charlotte Hornets
46- Portland Trail Blazers (from Brooklyn via Detroit)
47 Memphis Grizzlies (from Cleveland via New Orleans and Atlanta)
48. Minnesota Timberwolves
49. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Chicago via Memphis, Detroit and Sacramento)
50 – Minnesota Timberwolves (from Denver via Philadelphia)
51. Golden State Warriors (from Toronto via Philadelphia)
52 – New Orleans Pelicans (from Utah)
53. Boston Celtics
Milwaukee Bucks (confiscated)
Miami Heat (from Philadelphia via Denver; Miami lost)
54 – Washington Wizards (from Dallas)
55. Golden State Warriors
56 Cleveland Cavaliers (from Miami via Indiana)
57 – Portland Trail Blazers (from Memphis through Utah)
58. Indiana Pacers (from Phoenix).
Draft fake news and notes, via NBA.com
With the 2022 NBA draft approaching, the lottery is becoming more and more popular, especially at the top. Since our last appearance just a few days ago, eight of the 12 mock drafts have been updated, and Jabari Smith still looks like a charmer’s #1 choice. 10 of 12 models made him the number one spot, with CBS Sports and USA Today as the only outliers, giving a nod to Gonzaga’s mega man Chet Holmgren. While full consensus has yet to be reached, that could change by the night of the draft. (Last year, every Cade Cunningham parody was first by the time draft night rolled around.)
Speaking of Holmgren, 10 of the 12 Parades still have Thunder in second place. The lean center should be off the board in the second pick.
With Holmgren off the board in second place, that decision leaves Houston an easy decision to take the best player on the left, who appears to be Duke’s Paolo Banchero. Twelve of the 12 phantom drafts now have Banchero going to Houston, making him the only completely unanimous choice.
Jaden Ivey continues to sound like a lock as the No. 4 choice for Kings. Sacramento is in its backyard with DeAaron Fox and Davion Mitchell, who took them last season with the #9 pick, but Ivey might be too good to miss. Will Sacramento get the best available player or focus on the right player for their roster?
Another player who sees his name all over the lottery is Benedict Mathurin of Arizona. It comes off the board as high as No. 5 in the Pistons (ESPN and The Ringer) and as low as No. 9 in the Hornets (CBS Sports and SB Nation). The talented alternative appears to be a lottery lock because it “attracts strong reviews on the private exercise track, excels in competitive work, individual workouts and interview sessions everywhere he visits so far,” according to ESPN’s Jonathan Jevoni, who made it to the Pistons at No. 5.
There seems to be some mystery about Jeremy Susan who plays Baylor, who appeared in the lottery in nine out of 12 mock drafts. The talented defender rises to No. 6 to the Pacers (CBS Sports), and often reaches the Hornets in 15th (three times). Yahoo’s Kristen Beck said Susan had “one of the best professional days during the draft, and he showed his speed and consistency in the 3-point jump – something he struggled with at Baylor.”
One player who still sees his name climbing into the phantom drafts is Australian Dyson Daniels, who is taking the NBA G League’s path to the NBA. Daniels, who averaged 11.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 5.1 assists per game with the G League Ignite, is highly tied with the Trail Blazers in seventh place (five contests). Like teammate Australian Josh Gedi, who finished sixth in the overall standings last season, Daniels is eager to pass and could make an immediate impact in his first season. SI.com’s Jeremy Wu describes the 19-year-old as “one of the most mature prospects in the lottery and was outstanding in the pre-draft process, endearing himself to teams in interviews, and measuring and shooting well in combination.”
Keegan Murray should hear his name with pick number 6. The 6-foot-8 striker from Iowa looks as high as No. 4 in the Kings (SI.com and USA Today), either 5th or 6th in 10 out of 12 mock drafts , but not lower than No. 7 (CBS Sports).
Nine players appear in the lottery in all 12 models we surveyed: Smith, Holmgren, Panchero, Murray, Ivy, Sharp, AJ Griffin, Mathurin, and Johnny Davis.