The 2022 NBA Draft has concluded and the class of rookies will sign their respective first NBA contracts in short order.
Several of the top picks, such as
, Chet Holmgren , and Paolo Banchero were asked how they will spend their first paycheck in the league, sharing their plans in their post-draft interviews with the media (transcript courtesy of NBA PR/ASAP Sports): Johnny Davis,
“First thing I’m going to buy with my paycheck? Probably a car, nice car, or somewhere nice to stay.”
First thing I’m going to buy is a driving license and then a car. I’m looking forward to playing everyone. I can’t wait to play every day and just work and compete.
The first thing I’ll buy with an NBA paycheck is my own car. I never owned my own car. To own my own car is going to be special for me.
(Santa Clara) – photo via USA Today Sports Images. Jalen Williams
First thing I’m going to buy, hopefully somewhere to live, and then probably a dog. I’m kind of looking and trying to get a dog.
First thing I’m going to buy, I’m not sure. Something for my family, for sure. I just want to get a gift for all of them because they are always here for me.
To be honest, I’m not going to spend my money. I think most of it, I’m just going to save it.
I think I need to buy a new phone because I need an American number, so I will need to buy that.
– photo via the Washington Wizards Johnny Davis
I’ll probably buy a car with my first paycheck.
I’ll probably invest my money into some type of crypto or something, or even just help my family out.
– photo via USA Today Sports Images Jaden Ivey
Definitely a vehicle. One of my favorite vehicles.
I haven’t really thought about that yet, as far as — I’ll probably end up buying a place to live. That will probably be the first thing.
First thing I’m going to buy, I don’t know. I haven’t really thought of it. I know I definitely want to invest my money early and kind of start to grow.
Auburn PF Jr. – Photo via USA Today Sports Images Jabari Smith
Jr. Jabari Smith
First thing I’m going to buy, probably somewhere to live, H Town. So probably that.
My first paycheck, it’s always been a dream of mine to buy my mom a house. So I want to give my mom a house.