Jabari Smith has emerged as the closest to a consensus top prospect of the 2022 NBA Draft class among scouts, but rival executives and league personnel believe the Orlando Magic will favor Chet Holmgren at No. 1.
While there is little consensus on what order Smith, Holmgren and Paolo Banchero will be drafted, they are expected to be the top-3 players off the board in some offer.
The Orlando front office is known to prefer long players dating back to their time with the Milwaukee Bucks.
There is also connective tissue between Holmgren and Jalen Suggs as they high school teammates. Holmgren and Suggs also both played collegiately for Gonzaga.