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Magic picking Jabari Smith, Thunder choosing Chet Holmgren?

Brandon Rahbar: ESPN’s @Jonathan Givony says NBA teams believe it’s “all but assured” Orlando will pick Jabari Smith Jr & the “overwhelming expectation” is OKC will draft Chet Holmgren. He says Holmgren is thrilled. Nobody ever knows what OKC will do. But Givony is very plugged in on the draft.
Source: Twitter @BrandonRahbar

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Kurt Helin @basketballtalk
Counter-report: Most within NBA expect Magic to draft Jabari Smith No. 1 nba.nbcsports.com/2022/05/24/cou…11:10 AM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
ESPN’s @Jonathan Givony says NBA teams believe it’s “all but assured” Orlando will pick Jabari Smith Jr & the “overwhelming expectation” is OKC will draft Chet Holmgren.
He says Holmgren is thrilled.
Nobody ever knows what OKC will do. But Givony is very plugged in on the draft. – 10:55 AM
Jim Eichenhofer @Jim_Eichenhofer
Going to have some fun with draft. Starting June 6, we’ll have profiles of top 10 players (based on #NBA consensus mock draft). Draft heads love comparisons to pros. First up: Who’s the most accurate comp for Chet Holmgren (consensus No. 1) in traits/style of play? #2022NBADraft10:34 AM
Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Locked on Thunder player profiles and projections continue this week already done: Jabari Smith Jr, Chet Holmgren, Paolo Banchero, Jaden Ivey, AJ Griffin, Keegan Murray, Jalen Duren and Dyson Daniel. youtube.com/watch?v=QUvs9N…12:51 AM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Exactly one month from the NBA Draft and despite any whispers or rumors, I would be absolutely shocked if the Thunder draft anyone other than Jabari Smith Jr, Chet Holmgren or Paolo Banchero with the #2 pick or if they trade down from the #2 pick. – 10:55 PM
Brandon Rahbar @BrandonRahbar
Saying Chet Holmgren is just like Poku cause they have the same body type is like saying Zion Williamson is just like Raymond Felton cause they have the same body type. – 9:55 PM
Jeff Goodman @GoodmanHoops
Jamari Smith, a 6-foot-7 skilled wing who transfrerred from Queens University to Murray State in offseason, told @Stadium he has withdrawn from NBA Draft.
Smith, the cousin of potential No. 1 pick Jabari Smith, averaged 17 and 7 last season at Queens. Could be an All-Valley guy. – 9:44 PM
Kevin O’Connor @KevinOConnorNBA
A weekend podcast for you! First a quick recap of Heat-Celtics before a @samesfandiari and @KirkSeriousFace crossover getting into Mavs-Warriors, and then @MirinFader goes deep on Keegan Murray, Jabari Smith, and draft fits. open.spotify.com/episode/3bcgit…9:22 AM

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