Jabari Smith remains favorite to be drafted No. 1 overall

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As far as I can tell, as of Wednesday morning, Jabari Smith remains the favorite to come off the board at No. 1 to Orlando. Due to the silence the Magic have successfully projected to the rest of the NBA, this can’t be treated as an absolute certainty, but it’s become a strong hunch shared by most around the league. Magic boss Jeff Weltman is thought by many to have a soft spot for Chet Holmgren, but most expect Orlando will land on Smith, who for what it’s worth is my top-rated prospect and the player I’d take at No. 1.
Source: Jeremy Woo @ Sports Illustrated

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

David Hardisty @clutchfans
My guess is by morning we will get a Woj or Shams tweet confirming Orlando will take Jabari Smith #1 overall. OKC will stay tight-lipped but it will be “expected” they go Chet and the Rockets Paolo.
I think it’s going to be as simple as we expected it to be post-lottery. – 12:58 PM

Khobi Price @khobi_price
First poll: May 22
Second: June 2
Third: June 16
Jabari Smith Jr. remained the preferred option at No. 1 and has only gained traction in that regard since mid-May.
A little over 30 hours away until we’ll officially know who the No. 1 pick is. pic.twitter.com/3Jshbt12nR12:56 PM

The Ringer @ringernba
Two of the biggest Magic fans we know (@bykevinclark and @Ceruti) explain to @Kevin O’Connor why they want their beloved team to pick Chet Holmgren over Jabari Smith Jr.
📼: https://t.co/Alr68hmf7j pic.twitter.com/aYLKvG7V6L12:38 PM

Jeremy Woo @JeremyWoo
Today’s daily cover @SInow: The case for Jabari Smith. Don’t overthink it. si.com/nba/2022/06/22…9:32 AM

Rylan Stiles @Rylan_Stiles
Athletic Mock just dropped a mock which has OKC getting Jabari Smith Jr (or Chet Holmgren if Smith Jr is taken first) and AJ Griffin. A+. Also notes OKC attempting to move up. pic.twitter.com/qRmpujA50b7:46 AM

Tony Mejia @MejiaDinero
A lot of bettors are convinced the Orlando Magic are selecting Paolo Banchero ahead of Jabari Smith with the No. 1 pick in Thursday’s #NBADraft. Check out how the betting markets are shaping up:
gamingtoday.com/news/nba-draft…6:34 PM

David Hardisty @clutchfans
Jeremy Woo is a big Jabari Smith proponent so he doesn’t think the first pick is a hard decision at all. He thinks Chet may get some looks but it would be a big surprise to him if Orlando takes anyone but Jabari. – 4:37 PM

Henry Abbott @TrueHoop
Every Spring I ask @David Thorpe who he’d pick high in the NBA draft. Usually he says he’d trade down.
This year, more than ever.
But if he had to pick, his order:
1. Jabari Smith
2. Jaden Ivey
3. Paolo Banchero
4. Chet Holmgren. truehoop.com/p/truehoop-202…3:38 PM

Khobi Price @khobi_price
🧵: Over the last several weeks, we’ve been doing pre-draft profiles at @orlandosports (orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando…)
Shifting the focus to who the Magic could take at the top, starting with who’s believed to be the favorite to be drafted No. 1: Jabari Smith
orlandosentinel.com/sports/orlando…1:19 PM

More on this storyline

 

With the No. 1 pick Thursday night, league executives widely project Auburn forward Jabari Smith to be the Magic’s choice. Among Smith and fellow top prospects Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero, Smith and his representatives have long expressed the most enthusiasm about joining the Magic, sources told B/R. Holmgren’s and Banchero’s camps have operated with greater desires to land elsewhere, according to league personnel familiar with both players. While Holmgren visited Orlando, it’s believed the Gonzaga product and his representatives would prefer to land with the Oklahoma City Thunder at No. 2, as they view the Thunder as having a stronger infrastructure to support Holmgren’s development. Holmgren has only collaborated with Orlando and Oklahoma City during predraft activity, sources said. The same goes for Smith. -via Bleacher Report / June 21, 2022

Jonathan Feigen: Jabari Smith said he limited his workouts, meetings to just the top two teams in the draft, Orlando and OKC, because he does expect to be falling past the top two,. -via Twitter @Jonathan_Feigen / June 16, 2022

Brandon Rahbar: Jabari Smith Jr on what excited him about Sam Presti’s plan for OKC: “His vision of getting back to where he was with that KD and Russ team. Everyone around there is real high on what’s next with this team.” -via Twitter @BrandonRahbar / June 16, 2022