2023 NBA mock draft: Final Rounds 1-2 predictions for the NBA Draft

The 2023 NBA Draft has arrived and it is time to take a look at the latest NBA mock draft ahead of the big event. It is a very deep 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.

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.

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

2023 NBA mock draft: Final Rounds 1-2 predictions for the NBA Draft
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: 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 Hornets will make that happen as they pair him with LaMelo Ball and company.

3. Portland Trail Blazers: 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 and Miller will get the nod over Henderson with the Hornets believing they have a better fit.

With this selection, Portland pairs Henderson with Damian Lillard and more young talent in Sportsnaut’s NBA mock draft.

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: 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 Jazz take Hendricks at No. 9 overall in our NBA mock draft to pair him with Lauri Markkanen.

10. Dallas Mavericks: Dereck Lively II, center, Duke

NCAA Basketball: ACC Tournament Semifinals - Duke vs Miami
Mar 10, 2023; Greensboro, NC, USA; Duke Blue Devils center Dereck Lively II (1) reacts in the second half during the semifinals of the ACC Tournament at Greensboro Coliseum. Mandatory Credit: Bob Donnan-USA TODAY Sports

Dereck Lively II had a slow start to his freshman campaign with Duke; however, he turned it around quickly and had a strong end to his college career. Standing at 7-foot-1, the 19-year-old center boasts a 7-foot-7 wingspan and is a force on defense in the paint. The Mavericks add Lively to supplement Luka Doncic and Kyrie Irving as the team looks to compete for a title soon.

11. Orlando Magic (from Bulls): 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 Magic add Dick to pair him with a young core that includes Ausar Thompson and Paolo Banchero in this version of the 2023 NBA mock draft.

12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Bilal Coulibaly, forward, France

Bilal Coulibaly is the teammate of Wembanyana for the Metropolitans 92 in the LNB Pro A and 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.

13. Toronto Raptors: Kobe Bufkin, guard, Michigan

Syndication: Detroit Free Press
Michigan guard Kobe Bufkin (2) dribbles against Toledo during the second half of the first round of the NIT at Crisler Center in Ann Arbor on Tuesday, March 14, 2023.

Kobe Bufkin has been a fast riser in the latest NBA mock drafts and should hear his name called in the lottery on Thursday night. Bufkin is a 6-foot-4 guard from Michigan and has few holes in his overall game. There is a potential outcome where he goes higher than No. 13 in the NBA Draft. Here, we have Toronto pairing him with Pascal Siakam and O.G. Anunoby.

14. New Orleans Pelicans: Jalen Hood-Schifino, guard, Indiana

NCAA Basketball: Big Ten Conference Tournament Semifinals - Penn State vs Indiana
Mar 11, 2023; Chicago, IL, USA; Indiana Hoosiers guard Jalen Hood-Schifino (1) brings the ball up court against the Penn State Nittany Lions during the second half at United Center. Mandatory Credit: Kamil Krzaczynski-USA TODAY Sports

Jalen Hood-Schifino benefited from a strong conclusion to the 2022-’23 season in the Big Ten Tournament and NCAA Tournament. Standing at 6-foot-4, the 20-year-old guard boasts a 6-foot-10 wingspan with a strong mid-range jumper. There are areas that need improvement but the potential is present as New Orleans ends the NBA lottery with Hood-Schifino at No. 14 overall.

2023 NBA mock draft: Non-lottery picks

15. Atlanta Hawks: Cason Wallace, guard, Kentucky

16. Utah Jazz (from Timberwolves): Keyonte George, guard, Baylor

17. Los Angles Lakers: Jordan Hawkins, guard, Connecticut

18. Miami Heat: Jett Howard, forward, Michigan

19. Golden State Warriors: Jamie Jaquez Jr., guard, UCLA

20. Houston Rockets (from Clippers): Leonard Miller, forward, G-League Ignite

21. Brooklyn Nets (from Suns): Nick Smith Jr., guard, Arkansas

22. Brooklyn Nets: Dariq Whitehead, forward, Duke

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

24. Sacramento Kings: Olivier-Maxence Prosper, forward, Marquette

25. Boston Celtics (from Grizzlies): Colby Jones, guard, Xavier

26. Indiana Pacers (from Cavaliers): Noah Clowney, forward, Alabama

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

28. Utah Jazz (from 76ers): Brice Sensabaugh, forward, Ohio St.

29. Denver Nuggets (from Pacers): Maxwell Lewis, forward, Pepperdine

30. Los Angeles Clippers (from Bucks): Rayan Rupert, guard, France

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: Ben Sheppard, guard, Belmont

32. Denver Nuggets (from Pacers): James Nnaji, center, Barcelona

33. San Antonio Spurs: Andre Jackson Jr., forward, Connecticut

34. Charlotte Hornets: Amari Bailey, guard, UCLA

35. Washington Wizards (from Celtics): Jalen Wilson, forward, Kansas

36. Orlando Magic: Julian Phillips, forward, Tennesse

37. Denver Nuggets (from Thunder): Jordan Walsh, forward, Arkansas

38. Sacramento Kings (from Pacers): Trayce Jackson-Davis, forward, Indiana

39. Charlotte Hornets (from Jazz): Julian Strawther, forward, Gonzaga

40. Indiana Pacers (from Nuggets): G.G. Jackson, forward, South Carolina

41. Charlotte Hornets (from Thunder): Seth Lundy, forward, Penn St.

42. Washington Wizards (from Bulls): Sidy Cissoko, forward, G-League Ignite

43. Portland Trail Blazers (from Hawks): Kobe Brown, forward, Missouri

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

45. Memphis Grizzlies (from Timberwolves): Adama Sanogo, center, UConn

46. Atlanta Hawks (from Pelicans): Keyontae Johnson, forward, Kansas St.

47. Los Angeles Lakers: Terquavion Smith, guard, North Carolina St.

48. Los Angeles Clippers: Chris Livington, forward, Kentucky

49. Cleveland Cavaliers (from Warriors): Emoni Bates, forward, Eastern Michigan

50. Oklahoma City Thunder (from Heat): Tristan Vukcevic, forward, KK Partizan

51. Brooklyn Nets: Jaylen Clark, forward, UCLA

52. Phoenix Suns: Jordan Miller, forward, Miami

53. Minnesota Timberwolves (from Knicks): Isaiah Wong, guard, Miami

54. Sacramento Kings: Mojave King, guard, G-League Ignite

55. Indiana Pacers (from Cavaliers): Sir’Jabari Rice, guard, Texas

56. Memphis Grizzlies: Mouhamed Gueye, forward, Washington St.

57. Washington Wizards (from Celtics): Ricky Council IV, forward, Arkansas

58. Milwaukee Bucks: Oscar Tshiebwe, center, Kentucky

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