NBA 2022 mock draft: Worst-case-scenario for the Pistons

Chet Holmgren #34 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
Chet Holmgren #34 of the Gonzaga Bulldogs. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images) /
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Shaedon Sharpe #21 of the Kentucky Wildcats (Photo by Todd Kirkland/Getty Images) /

2022 NBA Mock Draft: Pick #10

Kentucky / New York Knicks. Shaedon Sharpe. 10. player. 27. Scouting Report. Pick Analysis. Guard

First off, I’d like to show some appreciation for the Knicks, as they find a way to be the NBA’s most disappointing and heartbreaking franchise year after year.

After fooling their fans into thinking they were good last season, the Knicks doubled down on their roster and are now stuck with an unhappy group that stinks and is mostly locked into high-priced long-term contracts.

To go from the 4th seed to this is pretty impressive, even for the Knicks, who were the feel-good story for exactly one year before reverting to their standard dumpster fire.

They are now locked into a disgruntled and regressing Julius Randle through 2025-26 (ouch), a mediocre Evan Fournier through at least 2023-24 to go with Derrick Rose and Alec Burks (double ouch) and a coach no one likes but Rose.

They’ve gotten pretty much nothing from Obi Toppin and Immanuel Quickley this season and now have to pin their hopes on RJ Barrett and newly-acquired Cam Reddish, who Thibodeau won’t play.

So my first “out of nowhere” pick goes to the Knicks, who take Sharpe in this simulation even though he has yet to play a game for Kentucky.

He is eligible for the draft and many think he might have the highest ceiling for a guard and will be a top-3 pick if he stays in college for another year after only recently joining Kentucky.

I like Sharpe as a sleeper in this draft if he does leave school, and if you are the Knicks, you need talent and have little to lose at this point.