Jabari, Chet or Paolo: Which rookie will have immediate NBA success?

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With the No. 1 pick in the 2022 NBA draft, the Orlando Magic selected Duke forward Paolo Banchero. The move came as something of a surprise, given that Banchero never met with the Magic and the consensus around the league was that Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. would be headed to Orlando.

Instead, it was Banchero who heard his name called first. Gonzaga center Chet Holmgren went No. 2 to the Oklahoma City Thunder, while the Houston Rockets took Smith with the No. 3 pick. The Sacramento Kings drafted Iowa forward Keegan Murray at No. 4, and the Detroit Pistons rounded out the top five by selecting Purdue guard Jaden Ivey.

Our NBA Insiders break down the biggest draft-night takeaways, including which of the top-three picks will have the best rookie season. And what about the major deals that went down Thursday?

The Rockets and Pistons began making moves days before

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