What and who to watch in the 2022 NBA Draft

The mock drafts have been dissected. The big boards have been assembled. The colorful new suits have been pressed. And the gusty trade winds continue to swirl.

Weeks of intrigue surrounding this year’s NBA Draft finally will play out Thursday night at Barclays Center with multiple juicy storylines slated to unfold to kick off what is expected to be a wild summer in the wake of Stephen Curry and the Warriors earning their fourth championship in eight years earlier this month.

Whether you’re a follower of the Knicks, the Nets or another NBA team, the draft usually provides, or at least sets up, a string of newsworthy and franchise-altering moves. This year’s edition should be no different: Questions about the Knicks’ long-troublesome point guard situation, Kyrie Irving’s iffy status with the Nets and the destinations of the NBA’s next crop of stars are all on the table to be answered.

Here is our Sports+ look at a few things to watch for — and what’s at stake in Brooklyn — Thursday night and in the ensuing weeks: