What channel is it on? Who are the top prospects? Where do the Chicago Bulls pick — and which players might they target?
Here’s everything you need to know about the 2022 NBA draft.
When and where is the draft?
The draft begins at 7 pm Thursday at the Barclays Center in New York. It’s the ninth time the home of the Brooklyn Nets is host to the event.
What channel is it on?
ESPN is broadcasting the draft for the 20th straight year, with former Chicago Tribune reporter Malika Andrews hosting for the first time. College basketball analyst Jay Bilas, NBA analyst Kendrick Perkins, NBA insider Adrian Wojnarowski and NBA draft analysts Bobby Marks and Mike Schmitz will join Andrews on the main set.
For the second year in a row, ABC-7 is airing the first round. Kevin Negandhi returns as the host and will be joined by analysts Stephen A. Smith, Chiney Ogwumike and Jalen Rose. Monica McNutt is the event reporter and will conduct interviews with draftees after their selection.
For those who like this sort of thing, ESPN also will air a red-carpet pregame show from 4-5 pm, hosted by Cassidy Hubbarth with analysts Perkins and Richard Jefferson. The three will preview the draft and interview prospects, team personnel and celebrities.
Where do the Chicago Bulls pick?
The Bulls have the No. 18 pick in the first round but have no second-round selection because of the 2021 sign-and-trade with the San Antonio Spurs for DeMar DeRozan. They didn’t have a first-round pick last year, having dealt it to the Orlando Magic for Nikola Vučević. They selected Illinois and Morgan Park product Ayo Dosunmu in the second round at No. 38, and he was named to the All-Rookie second team.
The Bulls’ last first-round pick was Patrick Williams at No. 4 in 2020, the first selection of the Artūras Karnišovas-Marc Eversley regime.
Which players might the Bulls be targeting?
Of 14 mock drafts listed below, six have the Bulls taking LSU forward Tari Eason. Here’s a sampling of “expert” opinions.
- The Athletic: Tari Eason, F, LSU
- Basketball News: Easy
- Bleacher Report: EJ Liddell, F, Ohio State
- CBS Sports: Jalen Duren, C, Memphis
- ESPN: Jalen Williams, F, Santa Clara
- NBADraft.net: Easy
- NBC Sports: Ochai Agbaji, SG, Kansas
- The Ringer: Liddell
- SB Nation: Easy
- Sports Illustrated: Liddell
- Stadium: Williams
- Tankathon: Easy
- USA Today: Agbaji
- Yahoo Sports: Easy
Have the Bulls selected 18th before?
Once. In 1989, they drafted Iowa guard BJ Armstrong at that spot. He was the second of the Bulls’ three first-round picks that year — they took Stacey King of Oklahoma at No. 6 and Jeff Sanders of Georgia Southern at No. 20.
Who are some of the best players to have been selected at No. 18?
Joe Dumars, whom the Detroit Pistons drafted in 1987, is the lone Hall of Famer. According to Basketball Reference, of the 20 players drafted at No. 18 to have at least 20 career win shares, Mark Jackson (1987, New York Knicks) tops the list at 91.8, followed by Dumars (86.2), David West (2003, New Orleans Hornets, 85.9), Ricky Pierce (1982, Pistons) , 72.2) and Vern Fleming (1984, Indiana Pacers, 52).
Other notables in the top 20 are Armstrong (10th with 45), Dave Corzine (1978, Washington Bullets, 13th with 37.3) and Quentin Richardson (2000, Los Angeles Clippers, 14th with 32.8).
Who are the top prospects in the draft?
The consensus No. 1 is Auburn forward Jabari Smith going to the Orlando Magic (full draft order). Most mock drafts have Gonzaga’s Chet Holmgren, Duke’s Paolo Banchero, Purdue’s Jaden Ivey and Iowa’s Keegan Murray among the top selections.
What about prospects with area/Illinois connections?
Other than Ivey, who is the son of Notre Dame women’s coach Niele Ivey, and Liddell, a two-time Mr. Basketball of Illinois winner out of Belleville West High School, draft hopefuls with area connections include:
- Patrick Baldwin Jr.Milwaukee (son of ex-Northwestern player and assistant Pat Baldwin)
- Max ChristieMichigan State (Rolling Meadows HS)
- Kofi CockburnIllinois
- AJ Griffin, Duke (son of former Bulls player and assistant Adrian Griffin)
- Ron Harper Jr., Rutgers (son of former Bull Ron Harper)
- Scotty Pippen Jr.Vanderbilt (son of former Bull Scottie Pippen)
- Blake Wesley, Notre Dame
- Trevion Williams, Purdue (Chicago native/Mount Carmel HS before moving to Detroit as a sophomore)
NBA free agency — a big concern for the Bulls considering two-time All-Star Zach LaVine is an unrestricted free agent — begins at 5 pm Aug. 2.