2023 NBA mock draft: Complete Rounds 1-2 predictions after the latest NBA trades

The 2023 NBA Draft is under one week away and it is time to take a look at the latest NBA mock draft ahead of the big event. It is a very top-heavy draft class with several players who would’ve been the No. 1 pick in last year’s draft.

Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson, and Brandon Miller are all viewed as future superstars. Without further ado, here’s our 2023 NBA mock draft with the official order following the NBA Draft Lottery on Tuesday, May 16.

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When is the 2023 NBA Draft?

The 2023 NBA Draft will take place on June 22, 2023, at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York. It will be fully broadcasted on ESPN while the first round will be simulcasted on ABC. Both rounds will be completed that night as the NBA Draft doesn’t go multiple days like other sports.

1. San Antonio Spurs: Victor Wembanyama, center, France

2023 NBA mock draft: Complete Rounds 1-2 predictions after the latest NBA trades
Oct 4, 2022; Henderson, NV, USA; Boulogne-Levallois Metropolitans 92 forward Victor Wembanyama (1) looks on during the game against the NBA G League Ignite at The Dollar Loan Center. Mandatory Credit: Lucas Peltier-USA TODAY Sports

Victor Wembanyama is a 7-foot-4 France native that boasts an absurd 7-foot-8 wingspan and displayed flashes of brilliance playing for Metropolitans 92 in the LNB Pro A. Wembanyama averaged 21.8 points, 10.3 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 3.2 blocks this season. Amazingly, he has the ability to stretch the court from three-point range and already displays an elite jump shot. That was magnified during exhibition performances in Las Vegas with some around the NBA indicating that Wembanyama is the best prospect since LeBron James.

Our updated 2023 NBA mock draft officially gives San Antonio the generational big man to team up with the likes of Keldon Johnson and Jeremy Sochan following the NBA Draft Lottery.

2. Charlotte Hornets: Scoot Henderson, guard, G-League Ignite

NBA: G League-Vegas Showcase-Austin Spurs vs G League Ignite
Dec 20, 2021; Las Vegas, NV, USA; G League Ignite guard Scoot Henderson (0) dribbles against Austin Spurs guard/forward Joe Wieskamp (15) during the fourth quarter at Mandalay Bay Convention Center. Mandatory Credit: Stephen R. Sylvanie-USA TODAY Sports

Scoot Henderson looks like he belongs in the league with ambitions to torch the NBA. Experts believe that Henderson could have been the No. 1 pick in last year’s NBA Draft, primarily due to his explosion off the dribble and already advanced size for someone his age. Henderson translates better to the point guard spot at the next level too. However, Wembanyana will get the nod over Henderson with the Spurs believing they have a generational talent.

With this selection, Charlotte pairs Henderson with LaMelo Ball and more young talent in Sportsnaut’s NBA mock draft.

3. Portland Trail Blazers: Brandon Miller, forward, Alabama

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament South Regional-San Diego State vs Alabama
Mar 24, 2023; Louisville, KY, USA; Alabama Crimson Tide forward Brandon Miller (24) dribbles during the first half of the NCAA tournament round of sixteen against the San Diego State Aztecs at KFC YUM! Center. Mandatory Credit: Jordan Prather-USA TODAY Sports

Brandon Miller burst onto the scene and it was for good reason as the 6-foot-9 freshman forward was on a tear this season. Miller’s shot-making and athleticism are very intriguing to scouts in the league despite a rough NCAA tournament. The forward’s size and skill set as a forward will make him a high pick in the 2023 NBA Draft and the Trail Blazers will make that happen as they pair him with Damian Lillard and company.

4. Houston Rockets: Amen Thompson, guard, Overtime Elite

Basketball: Overtime Elite-Cold Hearts at City Reapers
Dec 9, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; City Reapers guard Amen Thompson (1) shown during the game against the Cold Hearts at Overtime Elite. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

One of two twins in the 2023 NBA draft class, Amen Thompson is going to be a hot commodity after Wembanyana, Miller, and Henderson. Standing at 6-foot-7, he is an amazing playmaker who loves to play above the rim. Thompson possesses an elite athletic ability that makes him a rare find for young players. Many might knock him due to his limited shooting but his finishing, passing, and defense help his case tremendously. Houston adds Thompson in our latest NBA mock draft to pair with Jalen Green and Jabari Smith Jr.

5. Detroit Pistons: Cam Whitmore, forward, Villanova

NCAA Basketball: Big East Conference Tournament First Round - Villanova vs Georgetown
Mar 8, 2023; New York, NY, USA; Villanova Wildcats forward Cam Whitmore (22) drives to the basket against Georgetown Hoyas guard Jordan Riley (12) during the second half at Madison Square Garden. Mandatory Credit: Brad Penner-USA TODAY Sports

Cam Whitmore boasts an NBA-ready 6-foot-7, 220-pound frame as he looks to jump to the next level despite the struggles that Villanova faced by missing the NCAA tournament. Whitmore’s length and athleticism will be really intriguing to NBA teams throughout the pre-draft process. He was not part of a winning college basketball team but he should translate really well to the next level with a high upside. Here, we have Detroit pairing him with Cade Cunningham and company.

6. Orlando Magic: Ausar Thompson, guard, Overtime Elite

Basketball: Overtime Elite-Cold Hearts at City Reapers
Dec 9, 2022; Atlanta, GA, USA; City Reapers guard Ausar Thompson (0) shown during the game against the Cold Hearts at Overtime Elite. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

Ausar Thompson is just as explosive as his twin Amen, who is going off the board the No. 4 to Houston. Thompson is a better defender than his brother and excels at turning it into offense. The 6-foot-7 guard played well in the playoffs and could go even higher. Orlando will pair Thompson at No. 6 overall with Paolo Bancherro and company in this year’s NBA mock draft.

7. Indiana Pacers: Jarace Walker, forward, Houston

NCAA Basketball: Norfolk State at Houston
Nov 29, 2022; Houston, Texas, USA; Houston Cougars forward Jarace Walker (25) reacts after his slam dunk during the second half against the Norfolk State Spartans at Fertitta Center. Mandatory Credit: Maria Lysaker-USA TODAY Sports

Jarace Walker stands at 6-foot-6 and 210 pounds with the ability to grow into that frame even more. Scouts fell in love with Walker’s game over the closing months of the season and could easily go higher than his predicted position. Indiana adds him to a young core of Tyrese Haliburton and Bennedict Mathurin with the No. 7 selection in our NBA mock draft.

8. Washington Wizards: Anthony Black, guard, Arkansas

Mar 9, 2023; Nashville, TN, USA;  Arkansas Razorbacks guard Anthony Black (0) drives ti the basket against the Auburn Tigers during the first half at Bridgestone Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Steve Roberts-USA TODAY Sports

Anthony Black climbed draft boards after injuries affected Arkansas. The 6-foot-7 guard made the best of his opportunity and will end up being a lottery pick in this year’s draft. Black’s start is what propelled him up draft boards and he should transition well to the next level. The freshman guard goes to Washington in this latest NBA mock draft to pair with Bradley Beal and company.

9. Utah Jazz: Gradey Dick, forward, Kansas

Dec 17, 2022; Lawrence, Kansas, USA; Kansas Jayhawks guard Gradey Dick (4) celebrates after scoring during the first half against the Indiana Hoosiers at Allen Fieldhouse. Mandatory Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jay Biggerstaff-USA TODAY Sports

Gradey Dick was one of the fastest-rising stars in the country for a Kansas squad that was among the best teams. The 6-foot-8 guard was electric from beyond the arc as his shooting should transition well to the NBA. The Jazz add Dick to pair him with a young core that includes Lauri Markkanen and Walker Kessler in this version of the 2023 NBA mock draft.

10. Dallas Mavericks: Taylor Hendricks, forward, UCF

Mar 10, 2023; Fort Worth, TX, USA; UCF Knights forward Taylor Hendricks (25) in action during the game between the UCF Knights and the Memphis Tigers at Dickies Arena. Mandatory Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Jerome Miron-USA TODAY Sports

Taylor Hendricks has been skyrocketing on draft boards since the start of the 2022-23 season and it’s understandable for a player of his caliber. The forward was hot the entire year and produced great numbers from anywhere on the floor, specifically beyond the arc. The Mavericks take Hendricks at No. 10 overall in our NBA mock draft to pair him with Luka Doncic.

11. Orlando Magic (from Bulls): Bilal Coulibaly, forward, France

Bilal Coulibaly is the teammate of Wembanyana for the Metropolitans 92 in the LNB Pro A and has has been boosting his stock in a major way during the playoffs. Coulibaly has an incredible burst as a two-way player and could provide incredible defense in the NBA with a 7-foot-2 wingspan. Here, we have the Magic pairing Coulibaly with Ausar Thompson for a huge haul from the 2023 class.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Jordan Hawkins, guard, Connecticut

Mar 25, 2023; Las Vegas, NV, USA; Connecticut Huskies guard Jordan Hawkins (24) reacts against the Gonzaga Bulldogs during the second half for the NCAA tournament West Regional final at T-Mobile Arena. Mandatory Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Joe Camporeale-USA TODAY Sports

Jordan Hawkins was one of the main players for Connecticut’s championship-winning team during its March Madness run and it is not a surprise to see him this high in the 2023 NBA mock draft. Hawkins stands at 6-foot-5 and will be a lethal shooter from beyond the three-point line in the NBA. Here, we have Oklahoma City pairing him with Shai-Gilgeous Alexander in the backcourt.

13. Toronto Raptors: Cason Wallace, guard, Kentucky

Mar 19, 2023; Greensboro, NC, USA;  Kentucky Wildcats guard Cason Wallace (22) drives to the basket against Kansas State Wildcats forward Keyontae Johnson (11) during the second half in the second round of the 2023 NCAA men   s basketball tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Cason Wallace’s defensive gifts have him landing with the Raptors as the No. 13 overall pick. While his scoring is not as dangerous, it was not too bad during the season as his shooting was efficient alongside a growing Kentucky team. The 6-foot-4 guard appears to be a good fit anywhere in the NBA and Toronto represents a great landing spot for him in our latest NBA mock draft.

14. New Orleans Pelicans: Keyonte George, guard, Baylor

Mar 19, 2023; Denver, CO, USA; Baylor Bears guard Keyonte George (1) reacts in the second half against the Creighton Bluejays at Ball Arena. Mandatory Credit: Michael Ciaglo-USA TODAY Sports
Credit: Michael Ciaglo-USA TODAY Sports

Experts view Keyonte George as someone who can already score at all three levels with the ability to use his 6-foot-5 frame to dominate smaller defenders before the season. This continued at the college level in the Big 12 with Baylor as he was scoring at a high level despite some troubles. George will only get better and that is why he’s linked to New Orleans in our 2023 NBA mock draft.

2023 NBA mock draft: Non-lottery picks

15. Atlanta Hawks: Nick Smith Jr., guard, Arkansas

16. Utah Jazz (from Timberwolves): Jalen Hood-Schifino, forward, Indiana

17. Los Angles Lakers: Dereck Lively II, center, Duke

18. Miami Heat: Kobe Bufkin, guard, Michigan

19. Golden State Warriors: Leonard Miller, forward, G-League Ignite

20. Houston Rockets (from Clippers): Maxwell Lewis, forward, Pepperdine

21. Brooklyn Nets (from Suns): Ben Sheppard, guard, Belmont

22. Brooklyn Nets: G.G. Jackson, forward, South Carolina

23. Portland Trail Blazers (from Knicks): Kris Murray, forward, Iowa

24. Sacramento Kings: Dariq Whitehead, forward, Duke

25. Memphis Grizzlies: Jamie Jaquez Jr., guard, UCLA

26. Indiana Pacers (from Cavaliers): Jett Howard, guard, Michigan

27. Charlotte Hornets (from Nuggets): Brandin Podziemski, guard, Santa Clara

28. Utah Jazz (from 76ers): Noah Clowney, forward, Alabama

29. Indiana Pacers (from Celtics): Rayan Rupert, guard, France

30. Los Angeles Clippers (from Bucks): Colby Jones, guard, Xavier

2023 NBA mock draft: Round 2 Predictions

NCAA Basketball: NCAA Tournament Second Round-Miami (FL) vs Indiana
Mar 19, 2023; Albany, NY, USA; Indiana Hoosiers forward Trayce Jackson-Davis (23) dribbles the ball against Miami (Fl) Hurricanes guard Jordan Miller (11) during the second half at MVP Arena. Mandatory Credit: Gregory Fisher-USA TODAY Sports

31. Detroit Pistons: Amari Bailey, guard, UCLA

32. Indiana Pacers (from Rockets): Trayce Jackson-Davis, forward, Indiana

33. San Antonio Spurs: Julian Strawther, forward, Gonzaga

34. Charlotte Hornets: Olivier-Maxence Prosper, forward, Marquette

35. Boston Celtics (from Portland Trail Blazers): James Nnaji, center, Barcelona

36. Orlando Magic: Andre Jackson Jr., forward, Connecticut

37. Denver Nuggets (from Thunder): Terquavion Smith, guard, North Carolina St.

38. Sacramento Kings (from Pacers): Tristan Vukcevic, forward, KK Partizan

39. Charlotte Hornets (from Jazz): Jordan Walsh, forward, Arkansas

40. Denver Nuggets (from Mavericks): Keyontae Johnson, forward, Kansas St.

41. Charlotte Hornets (from Thunder): Sidy Cissoko, guard, G-League Ignite

42. Washington Wizards (from Bulls): Seth Lundy, forward, Penn St.

43. Portland Trail Blazers (from Hawks): Jalen Wilson, forward, Kansas

44. San Antonio Spurs (from Raptors): Marcus Sasser, guard, Houston

45. Memphis Grizzlies (from Timberwolves): Julian Phillips, forward, Tennesse

46. Atlanta Hawks (from Pelicans): Jordan Miller, forward, Miami

47. Los Angeles Lakers: Kobe Brown, forward, Missouri

48. Los Angeles Clippers: Adama Sanogo, center, UConn

49. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Warriors): Jaylen Clark, forward, UCLA

50. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Heat): Isaiah Wong, guard, Miami

51. Brooklyn Nets: Chris Livington, forward, Kentucky

52. Phoenix Suns: Ricky Council IV, forward, Arkansas

53. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Knicks): Emoni Bates, forward, Eastern Michigan

54. Sacramento Kings: Drew Timmie, forward, Gonzaga

55. Indiana Pacers (from Cavaliers): Mike Miles Jr., guard, TCU

56. Memphis Grizzlies: Oscar Tshiebwe, center, Kentucky

57. Washington Wizards (from Celtics): Mojave King, guard, G-League Ignite

58. Milwaukee Bucks: Mouhamed Gueye, forward, Washington St.

Let us know what you think about our latest 2023 NBA mock draft in the comment section below.

This article was originally published on Sportsnaut.com and is republished here with permission.

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