The Orlando Magic will have the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA Draft after the league conducted its annual lottery for the first 14 selections of the draft.
While a Big 12 player isn’t expected to go No. 1 overall, the Lottery could influence where some Big 12 players go in the first 14 picks.
Oklahoma State’s Cade Cunningham was the No. 1 overall pick last season when Detroit won the draft lottery.
The Houston Rockets, Orlando Magic and Detroit Pistons entered the lottery with the best chance to claim the No. 1 overall pick, each at 14 percent, followed by Oklahoma City (12.5 percent).
After the Magic pick at No. 1, Oklahoma City will pick at No. 2 and Houston will pick at No. 3.
The rest of the Top 14 picks includes No. 4 Sacramento, No. 5 Detroit, No. 6 Indiana, No. 7 Portland, No. 8 Los Angeles Lakers (to New Orleans), No. 9 San Antonio, No. 10 Washington, No. 11 New York, No. 12 Los Angeles Clippers (to Oklahoma City), No. 13 Charlotte and No. 14 Cleveland.
Three Big 12 players have the best odds of going in the lottery portion — Kansas guard Ochai Agbaji, Baylor guard/forward Kendall Brown and Baylor forward Jeremy Sochan.
All three have been a part of recent mock drafts that have seen the three players selected in the Top 14.
In a recent CBS Sports mock draft, Sochan went No. 9 to San Antonio, Agbaji went No. 10 to Washington and Brown went No. 21 to Denver. That was before Tuesday’s lottery.
All three are participating in the NBA Scouting Combine this week, along with Kansas guard Christian Braun and Baylor forward Matthew Mayer. Other Big 12 players are participating in a G League camp, including Baylor’s James Akinjo and Kansas’ Jalen Wilson.
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