Entering 2022 many people spoke about a lesser draft class this year without high end talent. Coming off of a star studded 21 class it may be true that there is not the volume of potential franchise centerpiece talent available in this class, but to call it a weak class would be viewing the class from a spoiled perspective. This 22 class offers a truly diverse ranging skill set of guys from many regions of the world and in different stages of development. It is not true that there may not be franchise centerpiece talent available in the top five selections. The big men depth in the class in particular offers a lot of intrigue with many to choose from and project.
The NBA sits at a pivotal point in positionless basketball as we've seen a pair of centers become perennial MVP candidates in, Jokic and Embiid. Teams like the Cavaliers have begun to ditch the idea that you can only play small and have doubled down with lineups that feature both Jarrett Allen and Evan Mobley. These lineups have not only worked, they've thrived. And when speaking on the latter many have begun to wonder if he will begin to enter the discussion of truly dominant NBA players sooner rather than later.
This big board continues to follow the guidelines of its predecessors, attempting to project development based upon where players will be entering year 5. This is where rookie contracts expire, and primes of careers typically begin to take shape for players who stick. After a surprising finish to the NBA finals and Giannis asserting himself as an NBA champion it's clear the league has undergone considerable evolution in the last decade plus.
Teams may be looking to add complementary players to their already claimed franchise centerpieces and this class has no shortage of candidates. Considering where the NBA is, and where it's heading the top criterions for overall stock are- versatility (potential to play positionless basketball efficient & effective), perimeter shooting, and for big men especially the project-ability of being able to defend in space. Playmaking and shot creation are invaluable, although the latter is more rare and a necessity for every successful second unit.
This year's class is uniquely deep. It boasts a variety of skillsets, length, size, and players deep into the board who may carve out long NBA careers. There are boatloads of complementary players at every position and guys who may just need the right team fit to find their niche in the league. This class has a little bit of everything to offer depending on team need and is an ideal class to have second round picks or the flexibility to trade back in.