Jabari Smith’s jacket steals spotlight at 2022 NBA Draft

Jabari Smith was his own biggest flex at the 2022 NBA Draft.

The 19-year-old Auburn product showed up on the red carpet Thursday at the Barclays Center in a blue and orange suit that paid homage to his alma mater. But it was the inside of his custom navy blue suit jacket that stole the spotlight.

Smith — who is projected to go first overall to the Magic, according to The Post’s final 2022 mock draft — had a photo collage of himself stitched inside of his jacket, which showed various moments throughout his basketball career leading up to the draft in Brooklyn.

Jabari Smith Jr. is expected to go No. 1 overall during the 2022 NBA Draft on Thursday, June 23, 2022.
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Jabari Smith Jr. poses for photos on the red carpet during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022
Jabari Smith Jr. poses for photos on the red carpet during the 2022 NBA Draft at Barclays Center on June 23, 2022.
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Auburn forward Jabari Smith (#10) drives the ball during a game against Texas A&M in March 2022.
Auburn forward Jabari Smith (#10) drives the ball during a game against Texas A&M in March 2022.
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Smith, who described his full look as “clean and chill” on the red carpet, explained the meaning behind some of the photos — including a snap “of me beating up on Kentucky,” and a photo from his playing days in his hometown of Atlanta.

Smith, who is 6-foot-10 and weighs 250 pounds, said he’d be “surprised” if he didn’t go No. 1. According to ESPN’s Adrian Wojnarowski, however, Duke’s Paolo Banchero is under serious consideration to be the No. 1 overall pick.