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Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Every 1st-Round Pick

The NBA Draft just ended but it's never early to start thinking about the next one. Jason Radowitz is here to share his first-round mock draft for the 2023 NBA Draft.
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Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Every 1st-Round Pick

We've got an entire year before the 2023 NBA mock draft. We don't even know how the draft order will play out. But it'll be fun to check back in a year and see how this extremely early 2023 NBA mock draft compares to the actual draft.

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1. Rockets: Victor Wembanyama, C, France

Wembanyama will be the top prospect in 2023. He's 7-2 and has the ability to do what Chet Holmgren does, but more. And Holmgren was the second pick in this year's draft.

2. Magic: Nick Smith, G, Arkansas

Smith is just a flat-out scorer. We'll see that in Arkansas during his freshman season.

3. Thunder: Dariq Whitehead, SF, Duke

Whitehead won the McDonald's Game MVP and is a two-way player coming out of Duke.

4. Pistons: Scoot Henderson, PG, G League

5. Blazers: Cameron Whitmore, SF, Villanova

6. Spurs: Anthony Black, PG, Arkansas

That's the second Arkansas player in the first six picks. That would be something.

7. Kings: Jarace Walker, PF, Houston

8: Pacers: Ausar Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite

9. Wizards: Amen Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite

The twin brothers are very similar and have the same talent.

10. Knicks: Keyonte George, SG, Baylor

11. Pelicans: Dillon Mitchell, SF, Texas

12. Hornets: Jordan Walsh, SF, Arkansas

You might want to consider taking Arkansas to win it all this year in college basketball. That's three prospects in the first 12 picks. What a special group this is going to be.

13. Clippers: Kel'el Ware, C, Oregon

14. Hawks: Leonard Miller, SF, G League Unite

15. Pacers: Cason Wallace, SG, Kentucky

16: Lakers: Dereck Lively, C, Duke

17. Nets: Amari Bailey, SG, UCLA

18. Timberwolves: Terquavion Smith, G, NC State

19. Magic: Arthur Kaluma, PF, Creighton

20. Nuggets: Chris Livingston, SF, Kentucky

It looks like Kentucky is going to be really good next year as well with two prospects in the Top 20 along with Duke.

21. Jazz: Matthew Cleveland, SG, FSU

Cleveland has a ton of upside. A fantastic shooting guard and has the length to shoot over other defenders.

22. Raptors: Kyle Filipowski, PF, Duke

Another Duke player on the list. Filipowski is a fantastic three-point shooter and can be a very good passer as well.

23. 76ers: James Nnaji, C, Barcelona

24. Knicks: Kris Murray, PF, Iowa

25. Thunder: Caleb Love, SG, UNC

If UNC has the year that everyone is expecting in 2022-23, Love's draft stock could increase even more.

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26: Rockets: Harrison Ingram, SG, Stanford

27: Celtics: Nikola Durisic, SG, Serbia

28: Suns: Mo Gueye, PF, Senegal

29. Grizzlies: Ousmane N'Diaye, PF, Senegal

30. Warriors: Julian Strawther, SF, Gonzaga Looking for the best sportsbook offers? Check out the free bets page

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Jason grew up an avid sports fan. His passion for sports writing grew in high school and he developed a blog that was strictly for New York Sports. From his work, you will quickly realize that he loves looking at games from an analytical and numbers perspective and hopes to provide you with that same perspective in his articles.


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