Where Kennedy Chandler Is Projected Following NBA Draft Lottery

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    The 2022 NBA Draft is just over a month away and the official draft order is set following Tuesday night’s NBA Draft Lottery.

    Tennessee point guard Kennedy Chandler is a near unanimous predicted first round pick after a strong freshman season in which he averaged 13.9 points and 4.7 assists per game.

    Here’s where Chandler falls in the latest mock drafts following the solidifying of the draft order.

    ESPN — No. 20 San Antonio

    CBS — No. 22 Memphis

    Bleacher Report — No. 22 Memphis

    SB Nation — No. 25 San Antonio (Via Boston)

    Sports Illustrated — No. 38 San Antonio

    There are two popular teams for the 6-foot point guards and both are interesting options.

    The appeal to the Grizzlies is obvious. Chandler is a Memphis native where he played at Briarcrest High School until his senior year when he transferred to Kansas’ Sunrise Christian Academy.

    Chandler and Grizzlies’ star point guard Ja Morant have a strong relationship and played pick up together in overlapping time in Memphis.

    Memphis’ backup point guard Tyus Jones contract is up and the Grizzlies could be in need of a backup point guard.

    San Antonio would pair Chandler up with former Vol guard Josh Richardson. The Celtics traded Richardson to San Antonio at the trade deadline. Richardson averaged 11.4 points in 21 games with the Spurs.

    Going to San Antonio would also allow Chandler to play for one of the league’s all-time great coaches, Greg Popovich. 

    Chandler is Tennessee’s third one-and-done player in the last three years along with Keon Johnson and Jaden Springer. If selected in the first round, Chandler would become the fourth first round pick of the Rick Barnes era.

    The two-way point guard played his best basketball down the stretch of his lone collegiate season, averaging 14.6 points and five assists while leading Tennessee to its first SEC Tournament Championship in 43 years.

    Ryan Schumpert is a senior at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville who has covered University of Tennessee athletics since the moment he stepped on campus. He just completed a three-year stint with the Daily Beacon, the last two of which as the Sports Editor. Ryan also spent last three years at Volquest providing strong Tennessee baseball coverage of Tony Vitello's resurgent program. While the bulk of Ryan's responsibilities involved beat coverage and writing, he also recorded podcasts for both the Beacon and Volquest. Did we leave out the part about Ryan interning for the Smokies? Ryan's work ethic, versatility, and strong writing skills are but three of the reasons why Vol Nation will be hearing from Ryan for years to come.