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As we previously stated, Kai Sotto is likely to be selected late in the first round. However, we can’t really hold the NBA teams responsible given the abundance of extremely outstanding young prospects in this draft pool.

With his recent announcement, Kai Sotto stunned the basketball community. Kai revealed that he would be participating in the upcoming NBA draft on June 23, 2022, following a successful stint with the Australian side Adelaide 36ers in the National Basketball League.

The league is already overrun with a new type of frontcourt players. Guys with excellent ball-handling abilities aren’t afraid to shoot the ball from 30 feet away. Kai Sotto, who is from the Philippines, belongs to the new generation of bigs.

Filipino Fans Getting Nervous as the NBA Draft 2022 Draws to a Close

All Filipino fans worldwide are feeling the tension as the NBA Draft 2022 draws to a close, and Kai Sotto is no exception. When we asked some Filipino friends, they said they would be ecstatic if Kai were selected, even in the late second round. As the first home-grown Filipino to be selected in the NBA draft, Kai has a strong following especially among Filipino fans.

Whatever team chooses Kai, they will undoubtedly benefit from his talent because this young man works so hard.

As the NBA Draft 2022 comes to a close, Kai Sotto remains undrafted. Although Kai Sotto’s chances of playing in the NBA are still very good, many Filipino fans are undoubtedly dissatisfied.

Draft No.
TEAM PICK
1st
Orlando Magic Paolo Banchero, F, Duke
2nd
Oklahoma City Thunder Chet Holmgren, C, Gonzaga
3rd
Houston Rockets Jabari Smith Jr., F, Auburn
4th
Sacramento Kings Keegan Murray, F, Iowa
5th
Detroit Pistons Jaden Ivey, G, Purdue
6th
Indiana Pacers Bennedict Mathurin, G, Arizona
7th
Portland Trail Blazers Shaedon Sharpe, G, Kentucky
8th
New Orleans Pelicans (via Lakers) Dyson Daniels, G, G League Ignite
9th
San Antonio Spurs Jeremy Sochan, F, Baylor
10th
Washington Wizards Johnny Davis, G, Wisconsin
11th
New York Knicks Ousmane Dieng, F, NZ Breakers (traded to Thunder)
12th
Oklahoma City Thunder (via Clippers) Jalen Williams, G, Santa Clara
13th
Charlotte Hornets Jalen Duren, C, Memphis (traded to Pistons)
14th
Cleveland Cavaliers Ochai Agbaji, G, Kansas
15th
Charlotte Hornets (via Pelicans) Mark Williams, C, Duke
16th
Atlanta Hawks AJ Griffin, F, Duke
17th
Houston Rockets (via Nets) Tari Eason, F, LSU
18th
Chicago Bulls Dalen Terry, G, Arizona
19th
Minnesota Timberwolves Jake LaRavia, F, Wake Forest (proposed trade to Grizzlies)
20th
San Antonio Spurs (via Raptors) Malaki Branham, G, Ohio State
21st
Denver Nuggets Christian Braun, F, Kansas
22nd
Memphis Grizzlies (via Jazz) Walker Kessler, C, Auburn (proposed trade to Timberwolves)
23rd
Philadelphia 76ers David Roddy, F, Colorado State (proposed trade to Grizzlies)
24th
Milwaukee Bucks MarJon Beauchamp, G, G League Ignite
25th
San Antonio Spurs (via Celtics) Blake Wesley, G, Notre Dame
26th
Houston Rockets (via Mavericks) Wendell Moore Jr., F, Duke (proposed trade to Timberwolves)
27th
Miami Heat Nikola Jovic, F, Mega Basket
28th
Golden State Warriors Patrick Baldwin Jr., F, Milwaukee
29th
Memphis Grizzlies TyTy Washington, G, Kentucky (proposed trade to Rockets)
30th
Denver Nuggets (via Suns) Peyton Watson, F, UCLA
31st
Indiana Pacers (via Rockets) Andrew Nembhard, G, Gonzaga
32nd
Orlando Magic Caleb Houstan, G, Michigan
33rd
Toronto Raptors (via Pistons) Christian Koloko, C, Arizona
34th
Oklahoma City Thunder Jaylin Williams, F, Arkansas
35th
Los Angeles Lakers (via Magic) Max Christie, G, Michigan State
36th
Portland Trail Blazers Gabriele Procida, G, Fortitudo Bologna (proposed trade to Pistons)
37th
Sacramento Kings Jaden Hardy, G, G League Ignite (proposed trade to Mavericks)
38th
San Antonio Spurs (via Lakers) Kennedy Chandler, G, Tennessee (proposed trade to Grizzlies)
39th
Cleveland Cavaliers (via Spurs) Khalifa Diop, C, Gran Canaria
40th
Minnesota Timberwolves (via Wizards) Bryce McGowens, G, Nebraska (proposed trade to Hornets)
41st
New Orleans Pelicans E.J. Liddell, F, Ohio State
42nd
New York Knicks Trevor Keels, G, Duke
43rd
LA Clippers Moussa Diabate, F, Michigan
44th
Atlanta Hawks Ryan Rollins, G, Toledo (proposed trade to Warriors)
45th
Charlotte Hornets Josh Minott, F, Memphis (proposed trade to Timberwolves)
46th
Detroit Pistons (via Nets) Ismaeel Kamagate, C, Paris Basketball (proposed trade to Nuggets)
47th
Memphis Grizzlies (via Cavaliers) Vince Williams Jr., F, VCU
48th
Minnesota Timberwolves Kendall Brown, F, Baylor (proposed trade to Pacers)
49th
Cleveland Cavaliers (via Kings) Isaiah Mobley, F, USC
50th
Minnesota Timberwolves (via Nuggets) Matteo Spagnolo, G, Vanoli Cremona
51st
Golden State Warriors (via Raptors) Tyrese Martin, F, Connecticut (proposed trade to Hawks)
52nd
New Orleans Pelicans (via Jazz) Karlo Matkovic, F, Mega Basket
53rd
Boston Celtics JD Davison
54th
Milwaukee Bucks Forfeited
55th
Miami Heat (via 76ers) Forfeited
56th
Washington Wizards (via Mavericks) Yannick Nzosa, C, Unicaja
57th
Golden State Warriors Gui Santos, F
58th
Cleveland Cavaliers (via Heat) Luke Travers, F, Perth Wildcats
59th
Portland Trail Blazers (via Grizzlies) SF Jabari Walker, Colorado
60th
Indiana Pacers (via Suns) PG Hugo Besson, France

Kai Sotto Achievements

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Basketball player Kai Sotto was raised and born in the Philippines. He participated in last season’s NBL (National Basketball League) in Australia with the Adelaide 36ers. The 20-year-old big man had previously tried his luck with the NBA G-League Ignite franchise. After announcing that he would be participating in the NBA 2022 draft this June, he has been creating waves in the basketball world.

  • NBL Fans MVP (2022)
  • 2017 SEABA Under-16 Championship Gold Medal
  • 2017 FIBA Under-16 Asian Championship Mythical First Team
  • 2016 UAAP Season 79 Juniors Rookie of the Year
  • 2017 UAAP Season 80 Juniors Mythical Five
  • 2017 UAAP Season 80 Juniors Finals MVP
  • 2018 UAAP Season 81 Juniors MVP
  • 2018 UAAP Season 81 Juniors Mythical Five

Reasons Why NBA Teams are Interested In Kai Sotto

Kai Sotto is a pure-blood Filipino, as we are well aware. He might be the first genuine Filipino to play in the NBA if he gets lucky. Basketball courts may be found everywhere in the Philippines since Filipinos enjoy the game so much.

Skills:
  • Excellent shot blocker and rim defender
  • With impressive scoring prowess from the field and from beyond the arc.
  • Excellent three-point shooting for a large man.
  • Capable scorer in the low post
  • An athlete who is nimble and adaptable
Market:
  • The Adelaide 36ers jersey that Kai Sotto wears is the one that sells the most. His jersey was already the fourth most popular item in the NBL in February 2022.
  • Due to his popularity, Sotto won the 2022 NBL Fans MVP award during his first season in the league.
    • Any team he joins will undoubtedly experience an increase in marketing.
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