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Way Too Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft: Projecting Every 1st-Round Pick

The 2022 NBA Draft just concluded, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead. Jason Radowitz takes a look at the way too early 2023 NBA mock draft.
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Way Too Early 2023 NBA Mock Draft: Projecting Every 1st-Round Pick

The 2022 NBA Draft just concluded, but that doesn't mean we can't look ahead. There are so many intriguing prospects for next year's draft that we decided to put together a 2023 Mock Draft to start off the month of July. A lot will change once the college basketball season gets underway, but ultimately, we'll see how close we can get with this early mock draft. The draft order won't be the same as below for 2023.

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1. Rockets: Victor Wembanyama, C, France

Wembanyama will be the top prospect in 2023. He's extremely long and versatile. At 7-2, there's nothing like him in the NBA. He's the guy everyone wants with the first pick.

2. Magic: Nick Smith, G, Arkansas

Arkansas has a lot of young freshmen talent. Nick Smith is expected to bring a ton of energy to Arkansas. He's a flat-out scorer.

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

Henderson averaged nearly 15 points per game while also adding nearly five rebounds and five assists in 31.5 minutes per game as a 17-year-old in the G-League Unite. He'll be playing one more year in the league and even if he doesn't increase his stats, he'll still be a top-five pickl.

5. Blazers: Keyonte George, SG, Baylor

6. Spurs: Anthony Black, PG, Arkansas

7. Kings: Dillon Mitchell, SF, Texas

8: Pacers: Ausar Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite

9. Wizards: Amen Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite

I'm a twin brother myself. It's always fun to see twins get a chance to showcase their talent at the same time, in the same league! Ausar is expected to be drafted before Amen, but I still think he'll be up there with his brother once this season concludes.

10. Knicks: Cameron Whitmore, SF, Villanova

11. Pelicans: Jarace Walker, PF, Houston

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: Terquavion Smith, G, NC State

15. Pacers: Cason Wallace, SG, Kentucky

16: Lakers: Kyle Filipowski, PF, Duke

17. Nets: Amari Bailey, SG, UCLA

18. Timberwolves: Leonard Miller, SF, G League Unite

19. Magic: Arthur Kaluma, PF, Creighton

20. Nuggets: Marcus Sasser, PG, Houston

21. Jazz: Grady Dick, SG Kansas

Can Grady Dick lead Kansas to back-to-back titles this season? The freshman is expected to do big things in Kansas and will only help his stock if he brings Kansas back to the championship game.

22. Raptors: Dereck Lively, C, Duke

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: Chris Livingston, SF, Kentucky

27: Celtics: Matthew Cleveland, SG, FSU

28: Suns: Mo Gueye, PF, Senegal

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

30. Warriors: Julian Strawther, SF, Gonzaga

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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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