When we first looked a few weeks ago at where mock drafts had former Wisconsin guard Johnny Davis landing in the 2022 NBA draft it seemed a decent possibility he could be selected in the first nine picks.
Now … being taken with a double-digit number in the first round appears to be more likely.
Of course, that’s if you trust the mocks (and some do have Davis as potentially being the first Badgers player taken in the top eight since Devin Harris went No. 5 overall in 2004).
For what it’s worth, BetOnline.com has set the over/under for Davis’ overall selection at 10 1/2. Washington picks 10th, New York 11th.
With the NBA draft closing in – and Davis’ future home to be decided – here’s a last look around the web at where the mocks think Davis will end up:
Jeremy Woo of SI.com: 10 to Wizards. “Washington has loaded up on forwards in the past several drafts and could turn elsewhere with this pick if they stay here. Davis would help address the need for a guard, and hopefully develop into a starting-caliber player in short order. Davis took a major leap last year and became one of the best players in college basketball, all while playing through injury and in a structured Wisconsin system. He boasts an unusually adept mid-range touch that teams hope will lead to more consistency from deep, and his rapid development points to even more room for growth, considering how seriously he takes his craft.”
Broderick Turner of the Los Angeles Times: 10 to Wizards. “A slasher who is tough and can defend, but needs to improve three-point stroke.”
Kevin O’Connor of The Ringer: 10 to Wizards. ”Figuring out the Bradley Beal situation is priority no. 1 for the Wizards. Will they sign him to the supermax or will he push his way to another team? Beal holds a player option, so he holds the power to opt in and force a trade, opt out and sign elsewhere, or set up a sign-and-trade. Drafting Davis would make sense regardless of Beal’s future. He can play with him as a potential defensive stopper who can help share scoring responsibilities. Or, if Beal wants to go, that just means more touches for a rookie drafted in the lottery.”
Kyle Boone of CBSSports.com: 18 to Bulls. “Johnny Davis was one of the most productive players in college hoops last season as a true breakout star in his sophomore season. He thrives as a mid-range scorer, can create his own looks and has the defensive smarts to be an instant contributor for a winning team. If he returns to shooting form he showed as a freshman (38.9% from 3) then he can be one of the best 3-and-D wings in the draft.”
Matt Norlander of CBSSports.com: 20 to Spurs. “If you've been scrolling and thinking I forgot Davis, fear not. I can't stress this enough: all those mock drafts you've been reading that have a lot of sameness to them? They'll in many regards wind up being wrong (and that's to be expected). So many guys will eventually prove they were taken too late or too early. With Davis, I'll side with the too early camp. He was a college stud (I loved him at Wisconsin), but I'll sell him being a lottery-level value in the long run because I'm projecting that the gap between college and the NBA will be a significant one for someone who wasn't an exceptional shooter, isn't an elite athlete and had problems with some of his decision-making. This is a like-don't-love situation for me.”
Colin Ward-Henninger of CBSSports.com: 11 to Knicks. “The Knicks are in dire need of a shot-creating guard, and Davis should be able to provide that immediately. He can play in the pick-and-roll and gets to the free-throw line at an impressive rate. What separates Davis as a prospect is that he brings potentially elite defense with his 6-9 wingspan. He didn't have a good 3-point percentage last season at Wisconsin, but he was solid on catch-and-shoot 3s, showing that he can play off ball as well.”
David Cobb of CBSSports.com: 12 to Thunder. “His 30.6% 3-point shooting mark as a sophomore might scare some scouts, but Davis basically ran the show for a Wisconsin team not exactly known for having a modern offensive philosophy. In the right system, Davis will shine as a two-way talent because of his defensive tenacity and bucket-getting prowess. Over time, he'll need to trade some of his mid-range attempts for 3-point shots if he wants to fit in the modern NBA as an off-ball guard.”
Krysten Peek of Yahoo Sports: 10 to Wizards. “Davis remains one of the safest picks in the lottery with his intensity, hard-working mindset and consistent play. There is long-term value and upside in Davis, and even though he might not be the superstar to change the franchise, he is a nice complementary piece to Bradley Beal. Davis consistently made the right reads when he got downhill this season and could be an instant contributor to this Wizards team.”
Sam Vecenie of The Athletic ($): 9 to Spurs. “There is some buzz that the Spurs like a big man with this pick. But sources have said not to expect the Spurs to deviate from their board to fit a need over value. They’re trying to accumulate talent more than fill a roster hole — particularly a roster need that might not even really be there given the presence of Jakob Poeltl. This isn’t a comment on who is assuredly higher or lower on their board but rather not to just blindly expect them to only be looking at bigs with this pick. I think they’re looking across the board. Indeed, I’ve gone with Davis here, a very Spurs-y player in terms of toughness and an egoless mentality. He’s a shot creator who could give them another strong asset moving forward on the wing, and this would be a perfect spot for him to develop the consistency of his jumper.”
John Hollinger of The Athletic ($): 11 to Knicks. “As with Washington above, the Knicks might be tempted to parlay this pick into a real point guard rather than adding to their crowd of young wing players. There isn’t really a point guard to draft in this spot, although the Knicks-y move would be to select the Kentucky guy (TyTy Washington), even if it’s 10 spots higher than everyone expects him to go.”
Dick Vitale of ESPN: 12 to Thunder.
Ian Winderman of RecentlyHeard.com: 14 to Cavaliers. “A determined scorer and proficient rebounder who evokes some Jimmy Butler with his game.”
Bryan Kalbrosky of For The Win: 10 to Wizards. “As the Wizards look to improve their backcourt, I’d expect them to take Wisconsin’s Johnny Davis into serious consideration. Washington recently hosted Davis for a solo pre-draft workout, and he could provide a helpful boost to their depth at the guard position. Davis, who was one of the best players in college basketball last season, could be a long-term starter and high-impact player within his role on both sides of the ball in the NBA.”
Kyle Irving of Sporting News: 10 to Wizards. “The Wizards need another guard alongside Beal and even though Davis isn't the true point guard they could use, his defense and winning mentality would be beneficial for Washington. Davis is a competitive defender and strong shot creator who would add a physical presence on the perimeter for the Wizards. He can play with or without the ball, which does pair nicely next to Beal, who often operates with the ball in his hands. Davis will give Washington a primary defender for wing assignments and his attitude and work ethic would be invaluable to the organization.”
Sean Barnard of ClutchPoints: 11 to Knicks. “One of the best players in college basketball this past season, Johnny Davis has just about everything you could hope for in an NBA prospect. The 6’5″ guard defends hard, is a great rebounder, and can flat out get a basket. Davis averaged 19.7 points and 8.2 rebounds while having one of the highest usage rates across college basketball. He would add an interesting splash to the Knicks’ offense.”
Zak Hanshew of NBC Sports Edge: 11 to Pacers (via trade with Knicks). “The Knicks have been desperate for a PG and of course Coach Thibs doesn’t want to give Immanuel Quickley or Miles McBride too much run, so New York trades for Malcolm Brogdon to bring in a veteran presence at the position. In turn, Indiana snags one of the best scorers in the Draft in Davis. Davis did it all for the Badgers last season, racking up points in bunches with his deep offensive bag and hustling on defense.”
Vincent Frank of Sportsnaut: 7 to Blazers. “With Portland looking to trade this pick for proven talent, it would make sense to go with someone who is pro-ready short of a deal being made. Davis would be that, teaming up with Damian Lillard and Anfernee Simons to build an electric big three.”
NBADraft.net: 7 to Blazers.
Cody Taylor of Rookie Wire: 10 to Wizards. ”Davis finished third in scoring in the Big Ten and proved a dynamic scorer by creating for himself or working in the mid-range, leading many to believe that he can develop into a three-level scorer. He recently earned praise from Tracy McGrady. The Hall of Famer believes Davis has the potential to become a star in the NBA. Only time will tell if that will come to fruition, but there is a lot to like with Davis, and he could be the pick here for Washington.”
Jonathan Wasserman of Bleacher Report: 10 to Wizards.
Adam Finkelstein of 247 Sports: 10 to Wizards. “Wisconsin sophomore Johnny Davis would give Washington a hard-nosed and tough two-way guard capable of plugging a variety of holes. He can provide some instant offense, albeit with a mid-range heavy style, defends at a high level, and has the potential to play multiple positions after measuring out better than advertised at the NBA Combine.”
Ari Koslow of Fantasy Pros: 10 to Wizards.” It sounds like Bradley Beal is potentially out of Washington this offseason. The Wizards elect to replace him with another guard and shooter in Davis.”
Jeff Zillgitt of USA Today: 9 to Spurs. “Davis took a huge leap as a scorer and rebounder in his second year from 7.0 to 19.7 points and 4.1 to 8.2 rebounds per game. He’s great in the mid-range but will need to improve as an outside shooter to be an effective lead scorer in the NBA. Davis knows how to use his size against smaller guards. Coming from Wisconsin’s offense focused on ball and player movement, Davis would have no problem fitting in with the Spurs.”
Sam Amico of Hoops Wire: 9 to Spurs.
NBA Draft Room: 13 to Hornets. “Davis would slide in next to LaMelo, bringing toughness, defense and energy to the backcourt.”
Jordan Schultz of The Game Day: 10 to Wizards. “Davis is another tantalizing talent out of the Big Ten. He has a highly advanced handle, great first step, is a sound pull-up shooter with NBA range, and possesses high-level defensive attributes that make him the perfect player to slot next to Bradley Beal.”
NetScouts: 10 to Wizards.
Brett Siegel of SI.com/Fastbreak: 10 to Wizards. “The Wizards simply need “winners” right now and Davis certainly presents this mindset. Adding another player on the perimeter with a “score-first” mentality is definitely a smart move for Washington to make this offseason.”
Andrew Norton of Lineups.com: 13 to Hornets. “Charlotte pulls the trigger on Davis with the 13th pick and fixes the Hornets’ off-guard problem; his defense and playmaking should fit in nicely next to LaMelo, but the apparent hold-up from being a perfect fit is three-point shooting. If Davis can develop a consistent mid-30s three-point shot, Charlotte will be thrilled with the value it is getting in the late lottery. He should also be able to plug some holes on defense by defending the opposing team’s best guard, as LaMelo can defend bigger guards and even wings, if necessary. This could work nicely.”
Tankathon: 12 to Thunder.