2023 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Every First-Round Pick Heading Into March

With NBA games back on after the NBA All-Star Break, it's time to start looking at the 2023 NBA Draft. Handicapper Jason Radowitz is here to share his 2023 NBA Mock Draft.
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2023 NBA Mock Draft: Predicting Every First-Round Pick Heading Into March

There are many of you out there that rarely watch college basketball.

But when March Madness arrives, most of you will start to tune in and watch some of the best prospects that college basketball offers.

A lot of the top prospects aren't even playing in the NCAA. But there are still plenty. International prospects and G-League players are starting to earn a ton of the NBA Draft slots.

Here's my first-round mock draft as we head into March.

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1. Rockets: Victor Wembanyama, C, France

He's easily the consensus No. 1 pick. These top teams will tank hard in the second half of the season to end up with Wembanyama.

2. Pistons: Scoot Henderson, PG, G League

If Wembanyama weren't in the NBA Draft, Henderson would ultimately be a first-overall selection in most draft classes. The Pistons could end up with Henderson, who they can pair with Cade Cunningham and Jaden Ivey. That's tough.

3. Spurs: Brandon Miller, SF, Alabama

I've got no comment other than Brandon Miller is a top-three prospect and the best player in college basketball right now.

4. Hornets: Anthony Black, SG, Arkansas

Nick Smith was supposed to be the first Arkansas player off the board. But he's been injured. That's allowed Black to steal the show in Arkansas. He's a top-five pick now.

5. Magic: Nick Smith, PG, Arkansas

Orlando really wants to build around Paolo Banchero and Franz Wagner. Add Nick Smith to the mix and keep building up this team from the draft. Smith will be more of a work-in-progress but has all the talent in the world.

6. Pacers: Kris Murray, PF, Iowa

Kris Murray has shown a lot of improvement this year for the Hawkeyes. His brother has been good enough in his first year in the league. Indiana could use someone Murray's size on its roster.

7. Pelicans: Gregory Jackson, PF, South Carolina

At this point, the Pelicans shouldn't give up on Zion. But they need a backup plan. GG Jackson is a bit undersized for the center position but still 210 lbs and a very solid freshman prospect that could deliver for any NBA team.

8: Wizards: Amen Thompson, SG Overtime Elite

9. Raptors: Rayan Rupert, SG, France

10. Thunder: Keyonte George, SG, Baylor

11. Magic: Jarace Walker, PF, Houston

12. Jazz: Jett Howard, SG, Michigan

13. Blazers: Maxwell Lewis, SG, Pepperdine

14. Hawks: Ausar Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite

15. Warriors: Cameron Whitmore, SF, Villanova

Whitmore has top-five potential in this draft class. The Warriors keep building their team from the draft.

16: Jazz: Terquavion Smith, G, NC State

17. Lakers: Jalen Wilson, SF, Kansas

18. Clippers: Leonard Miller, SF, G-League

19. Blazers: Taylor Hendricks, SF, UCF

20. Nets: Cason Wallace, SG, Kentucky

21. Knicks: Noah Clowney, PF, Alabama

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22. Heat: Trayce-Jackson Davis, PF, Indiana

23. 76ers: Julian Strawther, SG, Gonzaga

24. Nets: Jordan Hawkins, SG, UConn

25. Grizzlies: Keyontae Johnson, SF, Kansas State

This is a great story, seeing Johnson overcome so much and make it into the NBA in the first round of the NBA Draft.

26: Pacers: Sidy Cissoko, SG, G-League

27: Jazz: Adam Flagler, PG, Baylor

28: Rockets: Kyle Filipowski, C, Duke

29. Hornets: Azuolas Tubelis, PF, Arizona

30. Pacers: Brice Sensabaugh, SF, Ohio State

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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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