NBA draft night is hugely exciting for just about everyone involved. For rookies, it’s the culmination of a lifelong dream (and big payday). For families, it is a moment of absolute pride. For fans, it’s a chance to dream of a future filled with MVP awards and NBA titles. Some of the most entertaining reactions, however, come from NBA players watching at home as they see who they’ll be playing against once the season is over.
Imagine you’re on an NBA team that’s struggling to make the leap from candidate to candidate and you find that your front office has drafted the absolute perfect complement to your style of play – or, on the contrary, simply seeing him take your obvious replacement. The stakes – or emotions – for old and new players alike couldn’t possibly be higher. The 2022 NBA draft was no different, as the drama began as soon as the Orlando Magic selected Duke Blue Devils standout forward Paolo Banchero with their No. 1 pick.
Here’s just a sample of how NBA stars reacted to the big picks on draft night.
Paolo Banchero at the Orlando Magic
Yes sir 😈 https://t.co/9FcgaYEAho
— Markelle Fultz (@MarkelleF) June 24, 2022
— Isaiah Thomas (@isaiahthomas) June 24, 2022
I TOLD YOU 🔥🔥 @Pp_doesit
— Marquese Chriss (@quese) June 24, 2022
LET’S GO GOOOOOOOOOO
—Josh Giddey (@joshgiddey) June 24, 2022
LET’S GO GOOOOOO!!!! @keegan3murray
— Luka Garza ✞ (@LukaG_55) June 24, 2022
Cmon bruh 😂😂 https://t.co/xLjc1M7CEi
—Donovan Mitchell (@spidadmitchell) June 24, 2022
ahhhhhh letsssss gooooooooo la brudda 💙 @IveyJaden
—Ja Morant (@Ja Morant) June 24, 2022
Jaden!! Become crazy
— JJJ (@jarenjacksonjr) June 24, 2022
— Jusuf Nurkić (@bosnianbeast27) June 24, 2022
We are active! @BennMathurin
—Tyrese Haliburton (@TyHaliburton22) June 24, 2022