Dribble Handoff: The best 2022 NBA draft odds who could still make a roster even if they weren’t selected

With the 2022 NBA draft approaching, the futures of dozens of young players hang in the balance. While much of the attention is centered around who – and in what order – will be moved with the first few choices, the plot will run well into Thursday night. There are only 58 picks in this season’s draft, with the Bulls and the Heat going without a second-round draft due to penalties imposed for tamper violations.

With fewer choices than normal, this means that the set of unfactored free factors will be deeper than normal. They rarely make headlines up front, but non-manufacturing players regularly find homes in the league. Among those who played major roles in the NBA as unstructured starters in the 2021-22 season include Lakers’ Austin Reeves, Heat’s Omar Yurtseven and Pelicans’ Jose Alvarado.

As Toronto Raptors guard Fred Van Vliet showed last season, even all-star appearances are within reach of non-manufacturing players. VanVleet is among many NBA veterans.

So which of the players predicted outside the Top 58 of the 2022 class – meaning anyone who didn’t rank high on the big CBS Sports agreed board – is most likely to land successful careers in the NBA? Our writers give their opinions on this week’s edition of Dribble Handoff.

Peyton Watson, University of California

I’ve obviously left open the possibility that the 12th-ranked player in the 2021 class – well ahead of expected first-round picks like Malaki Branham, TyTy Washington and Jeremy Sochan – would put one disappointing UCLA season into his past and figure out a way to make it into the NBA then stick to it. Watson is ranked 67th on the big CBS Sports chart – but that doesn’t guarantee he won’t be drafted. In fact, I saw him in the 30s from some phantom draft. So if you’re a believer in the idea that the only reason he didn’t play until 13 minutes per game at UCLA is because he joined a program that brought back every relevant piece from a team that played in Final Four 2020, which can be hard to solve, why not take a flyer on an ex-player He’s a 19-year-old five-star at 6ft 8, which is a lot for a wing? Yes, it will be a long-term investment; If Watson couldn’t make an impact at UCLA last season he won’t make an impact in the NBA next season. But he certainly could be one day and totally deserves a big swing in the second round provided the franchise swinging is patient enough to try to develop it over years, not months. – Gary Parish

This one is easy! My sample draft for the big board posted earlier this week contains a few unusual entries for players you won’t find in the first round of many dummy images. but there will be extreme. Whether it’s a couple or even a half-dozen, we’re almost guaranteed to look in, say, 2026 and see the non-manufacturers who have made it through and are safely in the league. In such a bleak year for the point guards, Nembhard (#66 on our board) shines as a top-five potential spot for the 2022 draft. He’s been a vital part of the Gonzaga teams who have amassed 59-5 the past two seasons. Nymbard hit 38.3% from a 3-point range last season and balanced the runner-up and still gets his goal from time to time. A total of 365 shot attempts have been made in a team that includes Chet Holmgren and Drew Thiem. A year ago, he was still able to be a crucial gear with Jalen Suggs playing the lead guard. His 6-5 frame and above-average vision give him a great opportunity to be an NBA player for many years to come. – Matt Norlander

Ismael Camaghat, France

Nembhard is the easy answer here – having him in 66th place already sounds like a very low selling bargain for a potential first-rounder – but since Norlander took him on, I’d just cheat and take the first player ranked outside the top 60: Kamagati, the 61st candidate.

Kamagate is an interesting development perspective that is one of the smallest possibilities in the class and at the same time one of the most exciting as well. Standing at 6-foot-11 stands out for his height as an asset, as well as his ability to jump and play over the edge as a vertical athlete. He can be a good striker and bring a baseline as a solid defense prospect to the table; He won the best defender award in LNB Pro A this year and showed tremendous progress as a blocker who can run on the ground and defend in space. He doesn’t have a great sense of the game and is very limited in terms of what he can do in attack, but his defense, sportsmanship, and ability to finish the game over the edge can eventually help him land a role as great as him. It continues to evolve. – Kyle Boone

Martin’s career top scorer at 3 points at 43% as a UConn senior makes him well worth a watch if he goes without an industry. The 6-6 winger can find a long-range home as a 3D player if his outside shot turns to the next level. His 7.5 rebounds per game for a Husky was impressive to another player and reflects the effort he puts in. Because of that effort and physique, he should be a plus defender. The 3-point shot is definitely a swing skill because it doesn’t bring a lot of shot creation to the table. But if he was closer to a shooter, he was a top player with a Husky than a 3-point pistol at 32% was small, then he would be there in the NBA for Martin (75th place on our board) and he might have fallen. Corner shots while annoying offensive playmakers for years to come. – David Cope

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