2022 NBA Draft: Breaking Down the Candidates Vying for No. 1

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Sports Illustrated

By Jeremy Woo Auburn’s Jabari Smith and Duke’s Paolo Banchero have separated from the pack as the leading candidates to be selected first in June’s draft. View the original article to see embedded media. The debate surrounding the No. 1 pick has narrowed as we near the season’s midway point, and while there’s not a firm consensus, the discussion has shifted meaningfully as teams start to form opinions in preparation for the pre-draft process in the spring. Based on what I’ve gleaned over the past couple months from conversations with a wide range of NBA executives and scouts, this is currently…

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