August 16, 2022

The 2022 NBA Draft is now 10 days away, but what makes this draft so fascinating are the varied views on the top prospects.

The Detroit Pistons, who picked No. 5 overall on June 23 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, look likely to decide between four prospects, but we still have no indication which way they’re leaning. We also don’t know how Jerami Grant’s situation affects the thinking of General Manager Troy Weaver, Vice President Arn Tellem and others with a say in the Situation Room.

Draft practices are still ongoing and medical information is still circulating, so teams could fine-tune their draft boards in the final days before the Orlando Magic are on the clock with the first pick just after 7:30 p.m. next Thursday.

Let’s circle the league to see what trusted analysts are saying and who they’re projecting in the latest mockups:

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CBS Sports, Gary Parrish: Keegan Murray

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

Parrish wrote that Murray’s value comes from his size, defensive switching ability and consistent shooting from the perimeter.

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

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

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

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Bleacher Report, Greg Swartz: Shaedon Sharpe

Kentucky's Shaedon Sharpe warms up on January 25, 2022.

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

Sharpe — the former Class of 2023 No. 1 recruit who joined Kentucky in January but didn’t play college basketball last season — can shoot from anywhere, and Swartz thinks he has the tools to become a high level defender.