The sons of Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen will sign with the Lakers

Draft night 2022 from NBA left Paolo Banchero on Thursday as number 1 on the way to the Orlando Magic, but the Los Angeles Lakers starred in one of the anecdotes of the day by betting on the sons of two league legends such as Shaquille O’Neal and Scottie Pippen.

The Athletic portal assured this Thursday that the Lakers have incorporated Scotty Pippen Jr. (his name is Scotty unlike his father’s Scottie) with a two-way contract, so he will divide his time between the Los Angeles franchise and the G League development league.

The same medium also announced that Shareef O’Neal will play with the purple and gold in the NBA Summer League, which takes place in Las Vegas and is the highlight of the preseason. Both players had submitted to the draft but were not chosen by any team in the two rounds, so the Lakers took their services as free agents.

Pippen Jr., who played at Vanderbilt in his college career, and O’Neal, who was part of LSU, will try to gain a foothold in a Lakers who aspire to completely turn the situation around after the failure of last year, in which they stayed out of the Playoffs with a squad that featured stars like LeBron James, Anthony Davis, Russell Westbrook or Carmelo Anthony.

In addition to Pippen Jr. and O’Neal, the Lakers closed the night of the draft with the addition of Max Christie (Michigan State), whom they chose with the 35th position; and Cole Swider (Syracuse), who was not selected in the draft and who will also sign a two-way contract.

The 30 players selected in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft

— Player Pick (Position, Last Team) – New NBA Team

1 – Paolo Banchero (Ala-pívot, Duke) – Orlando Magic
Age: 19 years old Height and weight: 2.08m – 113kg Statistics last season: 17.2 points, 7.8 rebounds and 3.2 assists

2 – Chet Holmgren (Beer, Gonzaga) – Oklahoma City Thunder
Age: 20 years old Height and weight: 2.13m – 89kg Statistics last season: 14.1 points, 9.9 rebounds and 3.7 blocks

3 – Jabari Smith (Wing-pivot, Auburn University) – Houston Rockets
Age: 19 years old Height and weight: 2.11m – 99.8kg Statistics last season: 16.9 points, 7.4 rebounds and 2 assists

4 – Keegan Murray (Wing-Pivot, Iowa) – Sacramento Kings
Age: 21 years old Height and weight: 2.03m – 102kg Statistics last season: 23.5 points, 8.7 rebounds and 1.9 blocks

5 – Jaden Ivey (Base, Purdue) – Detroit Pistons
Age: 20 years old Height and weight: 1.93m – 88kg Statistics last season: 17.3 points, 4.9 rebounds and 3.1 assists

6 – Benedict Mathurin (guard, Arizona) – Indiana Pacers
7 – Shaedon Sharpe (escolta, Kentucky) – Portland Trail Blazers
8 – Dyson Daniels (alero, Ignite – G League) – New Orleans Pelicans
9 – Jeremy Sochan (forward, Baylor) – San Antonio Spurs
10 – Johnny Davis (escolta, Wisconsin) – Washington Wizards
11 – Ousmane Dieng (wing-pivot, New Zealand Breakers) – New York Knicks (traded to Thunder)
12 – Jalen Williams (alero, Santa Clara) – Oklahoma City Thunder
13 – Jalen Duren (center, Memphis) – Charlotte Hornets (traded to Pistons)
14 – Ochai Agbaji (escolta, Kansas) – Cleveland Cavaliers
15 – Mark Williams (pívot, Duke) – Charlotte Hornets
16 – A.J. Griffin (alero, Duke) – Atlanta Hawks
17 – Tari Eason (alero, LSU) – Houston Rockets
18 – Dalen Terry (forward, Arizona) – Chicago Bulls
19 – Jake Laravia (wiper, Wake Forest) – Minnesota Timberwolves (traded to Grizzlies)
20 – Malachi Branham (Escort, Ohio State) – San Antonio Spurs
21 – Christian Braun (alero, Kansas) – Denver Nuggets
22 – Walker Kessler (pivot, Auburn) – Memphis Grizzlies (traded to Timberwolves)
23 – David Roddy (forward, Colorado State) – Philadelphia 76ers (traded to Memphis)
24 – Marjon Beauchamp (alero, Ignite – G League) – Milwaukee Bucks
25 – Blake Wesley (guard, Notre Dame) – San Antonio Spurs
26 – Wendell Moore (eaves, Duke) – Dallas Mavericks (transferred to Timberwolves)
27 – Nikola Jovic (ala-pívot, Mega Basket) – Miami Heat
28 – Patrick Baldwin Jr. . (Wing-Pivot, Milwaukee) – Golden State Warriors
29 – Tyty Washington Jr. . (base, Kentucky) – Memphis Grizzlies (transferred to Timberwolves)
30 – Peyton Watson (wire, UCLA) – Oklahoma City Thunder (transferred to Nuggets)

Ten last players chosen as number 1 in the Draft

2022 – Paolo Banchero (Orlando Magic)
2021 – Cade Cunningham (Detroit Pistons)
2020 – Anthony Edwards (Minnesota Timberwolves)
2019 – Zion Williamson (New Orleans Pelicans)
2018 – DeAndre Ayton (Phoenix Suns)
2017 – Markelle Fultz (Philadelphia 76ers)
2016 – Ben Simmons (Philadelphia 76ers)
2015 – Karl-Anthony Towns (Minnesota Timberwolves)
2014 – Andrew Wiggins (Cleveland Cavaliers)
​2013 – Anthony Bennett (Cleveland Cavaliers)

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