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NBA Draft 2022: Jabari Smith Jr. says he’d be ‘surprised’ if he didn’t go No. 1

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Auburn’s Jabari Smith Jr. could possibly be the No. 1 decide in Thursday’s NBA Draft.

But if you question him, he would say he’s surely likely to be the prime pick when the Orlando Magic go on the clock.

Previous Auburn player Jabari Smith talks to the media subsequent a pre-draft work out with the Orlando Magic at Amway Centre June 9, 2022. 
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“I’ll be amazed if I’m not taken No. 1,” Smith instructed Yahoo Sporting activities Thursday. “It’s just my aggressive character combined with my unselfishness and my skill to just shoot the ball, defend several positions and treatment about profitable. 

“I do not care about stats. I truly feel I can support any crew ideal absent. But I feel I’m the No. 1 decide on.”

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Smith, Chet Holmgren and Paolo Banchero are between the three gamers who could be the No. 1 overall pick. But ESPN described the NBA Draft was “progressively organization” with Smith, Holmgren and Banchero likely 1-2-3.

“The city of Orlando was definitely nice,” Smith advised Yahoo. “They’re headed in the appropriate way. They’ve obtained a new head coach, Jamahl Mosley. It was wonderful speaking to him. It was fantastic chatting to the GM, and you can inform they’re headed in the suitable path and the upcoming is bright. I want to be a portion of that. I just can’t wait around.”

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A behind-the-scenes photo of NBA Draft prospect Jabari Smith Jr. posing for a portrait during media availability as part of the 2022 NBA Draft June 22, 2022, at the Westin Times Square in New York City.

A at the rear of-the-scenes image of NBA Draft prospect Jabari Smith Jr. posing for a portrait in the course of media availability as portion of the 2022 NBA Draft June 22, 2022, at the Westin Occasions Sq. in New York City.
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Smith averaged 16.9 points and 7.4 rebounds per game in his lone yr with the Tigers. He was named the SEC Freshman of the Year and gained the Wayman Tisdale Award for staying the major men’s freshman basketball participant in the region.

Smith was a star from his significant university years.

He aided direct the U.S. to a gold medal in the FIBA Americas Below-16 Championship in Brazil in 2019. He was also a McDonald’s All-American and Mr. Ga Basketball in 2021.

The Magic will have the No. 1 pick in this year’s draft. It will be the fourth time in their record they have the top rated choose. In 2004, the past time they held the No. 1 decide on, they chosen Dwight Howard.

Jabari Smith of the Auburn Tigers reacts in the final seconds of the second half against the Miami Hurricanes during the second round of the 2022 NCAA Tournament at Bon Secours Wellness Arena March 20, 2022, in Greenville, S.C.

Jabari Smith of the Auburn Tigers reacts in the remaining seconds of the 2nd 50 % in opposition to the Miami Hurricanes through the 2nd spherical of the 2022 NCAA Event at Bon Secours Wellness Arena March 20, 2022, in Greenville, S.C.
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Orlando completed with a report of 22-60 in 2021-22.

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