With the 30th and final pick in the first round of the 2022 NBA Draft, the Oklahoma City Thunder select Stanford Freshman Harrison Ingram.
In my opinion, Harrison Ingram is one of the most interesting young players in the PAC-12 this season and I think it would be criminal for him to fall out of the first round. This burly, 6’8” point forward has served as the backbone of Stanford this season and has led his team to some impressive wins over good competition, with his 21-point, 10-rebound, 2-assist game against fifth-ranked USC coming to mind.
When you watch Ingram, his athleticism won’t jump off the screen and he’s received some comparisons to Kyle Anderson for a reason. For his size, he’s very comfortable with putting the ball on the floor and is patient and methodical on offense. I think that a young Boris Diaw is a slightly more accurate comparison, but I’d argue that Ingram will have more upside as a shooter coming into the league.
Ingram is a smart player with good court vision, a good feel for the game, and has deceiving strength for a player that isn’t the fastest or best leaper. He’s a bit questionable on defense due to that lack of athleticism—particularly on the perimeter—but if his playmaking and rebounding translate and he can continue to improve his shooting, I think he has a higher ceiling than many give him credit for.
I think the Thunder may look at a few other young players with good length and shooting upside with this pick like Max Christie and Caleb Houston, but I think having a higher upside offensive player in the frontcourt could be appealing to the front office.