Sam Smith's Final 2022 NBA Mock Draft

I’ll tell you a secret about the NBA Draft, which this year is Thursday.

Those of us who have been around are not supposed to say.

They have very little idea what they are doing.

Not that it should be a big surprise.

certainly mind—is supposed to be while playing against adult men, say, five years from now.

So this is what all the scouts do, and you probably can’t blame them.

And then they make those one-to-10 lists and—shush, wink wink—share them. 

How is it possible that so many people from so many different backgrounds 

Heck, one of these kids who everyone has in the top 10 hasn’t even played basketball in more than a year.

declares to his staff something much be done: “Gentlemen, we’ve got to protect our phony, baloney jobs.”

Just kidding, guys. Hey, it’s a comedy.

But it is unrealistic that all these teams can basically come up with virtually the identical order with a player or two moved up or down.

They’re asking team officials, who are telling them at least what they heard about the other guy. 

One of the problems, though, is it’s on TV. 

Redo the order five years or so later when these kids are coming into their primes and we all can see how inexact is this “science.”

2013. None of the top nine guys selected is an NBA starter today. The best players were selected at Nos. 15 and 27

2014: Basically half the top 10 picks are either out of the NBA or barely hanging on.

2014: Basically half the top 10 picks are either out of the NBA or barely hanging on.

2016: It was a credible top three with Ben Simmons, Brandon Ingram and Jalen Brown.