Debate rages on 10 days out

The NBA draft 2022 is now 10 days away, yet what makes this draft so fascinating is the wide-ranging views on the top prospects.

The Detroit Pistons, picking No. 5 overall June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, seem likely to decide between four prospects, but we still don’t have any indication which way they’re leaning. We also don’t know how the Jerami Grant situation affects the thinking of general manager Troy Weaver, vice chair Arn Tellem and others with significant say in the situation room.

Draft workouts are still being conducted and medical information is still circulating, so teams might tweak their draft boards in the final days before the Orlando Magic are on the clock with the first selection just after 7:30 p.m. next Thursday.

Let’s go around the league to see what trusted draft analysts are saying and who they’re projecting in the latest mock drafts:

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CBS Sports, Gary Parrish: Keegan Murray

Iowa forward Keegan Murray drives to the basket past Michigan guard Eli Brooks during the second half on Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Iowa City, Iowa.

Parrish, the longtime CBS college basketball analyst, released his latest mock draft Friday, and has Purdue’s Jaden Ivey going fourth to Sacramento, leaving the Pistons their choice of Shaedon Sharpe (Kentucky), Bennedict Mathurin (Arizona) or Keegan Murray (Iowa).

Parrish wrote Murray’s value comes from his size, switchability defensively and consistent shot from the perimeter.

“What he does, at his size, is perfectly suited for the modern NBA and would fit well with a Detroit franchise trying to return to respectability with Cade Cunningham as the centerpiece,” Parrish wrote.

Sharpe goes sixth to Indiana, with Mathurin seventh to Portland.

Chet Holmgren (Orlando), Jabari Smith Jr. (Oklahoma City) and Paolo Banchero (Houston) are Parrish’s first three picks.

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Bleacher Report, Greg Swartz: Shaedon Sharpe

Kentucky's Shaedon Sharpe warms up Jan. 25, 2022.

With Ivey going No. 4 to the Kings, Swartz takes Sharpe for the Pistons because he “has the highest upside of anyone left on the board” if the Pistons want a potential star to pair in the backcourt with Cunningham. 

Sharpe — the former No. 1 recruit in the 2023 class who joined Kentucky in January but did not play college basketball last season — can shoot from anywhere, and Swartz thinks he has the tools to become a top defender.

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