As usual, the NBA Draft caught a few by surprise on Thursday night, with Orlando Magic opting for an underdog first pick.
The projected top three were the first three snapped up, although the order wasn't quite as expected.
The first pick of the 2022 NBA Draft went to Orlando Magic, who picked up Paulo Banchero even though he hadn't worked out with the side.
Magic were predicted to pick Auburn's Jabari Smith Jr. or Gonzaga's Chet Holmgren, but opted for the 19-year-old Banchero, who enjoyed a superb lone college season at Duke.
He averaged 17.2 points in his lone college season, along with 7.8 rebounds and was a third-team All-American.
Now an NBA first pick, Banchero is expected to sign a two-year $22.3 million contract that includes two team options which top the deal out at $49.4 million over four years.
Banchero looked as surprised as anyone at the pick, and immediately embraced his mother - Rhonda Smith-Banchero, a former WNBA player - after the news broke.
"I can't believe what just happened, honestly," Banchero said.
"I wanted to be in the NBA, but I didn't know I would be here, man," he added. "I really, honestly, didn't."
After the pick left many fans and pundits stunned, Magic President of Basketball Operations Jeff Weltman explained the choice by saying: "When you're playing poker, you don't put your cards on the table, right?"
Chet Holmgren was picked up second by the OKC Thunder. The 7-footer from Gonzaga averaged 14.1 points and 9.9 rebounds and ranked fourth nationally with 3.7 blocks per game for the Zags.
He also shot 61 per cent from the field and 39 per cent from 3-point range last season, making him one of the deadliest finishers in the draft.
Rounding off the top three was Jabari Smith Jr., who was picked up by the Houston Rockets.
A power forward from Auburn, Smith Jr. averaged 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and two assists per game to win SEC freshman of the year, All-SEC first-team and second-team All-American honours.
Top 15 - NBA Draft 2022
- No 1: Orlando Magic picks Paulo Banchero (Duke)
- No 2: OKC Thunder picks Chet Holmgren (Gonzaga)
- No 3: Houston Rockets picks Jabari Smith Jr. (Auburn)
- No 4: Sacramento Kings picks Keegan Murray (Iowa)
- No 5: Detroit Pistons picks Jaden Ivey (Purdue)
- No 6: Indiana Pacers picks Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona)
- No 7: Portland Trail Blazers picks Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky)
- No 8: New Orleans Pelicans picks Dyson Daniels (G League Ignite)
- No 9: San Antonio Spurs picks Jeremy Sochan (Baylor)
- No 10: Washington Wizards picks Johnny Davis (Wisconsin)
- No 11: New York Knicks draft Ousmane Dieng (New Zealand Breakers) - Traded to OKC Thunder
- No 12: Oklahoma City Thunder picks Jalen Williams (Santa Clara)
- No 13: Charlotte Hornets picks Jalen Duren (Memphis) - Traded to Detroit Pistons
- No 14: Cleveland Cavaliers picks Ochai Agbaji (Kansas)
- No 15: Charlotte Hornets picks Mark Williams (Duke)