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ESPN unveils full, two-round 2023 NBA Mock Draft entering draft week

On3 imageby:Sam Gillenwater06/20/23


Brandon Miller, Victor Wembanyama, Scoot Henderson (ESPN's 2023 NBA Mock Draft)
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With the 2023 NBA Draft just two days away, the final predictions and projections from across the association are being filed in. Considering the prospect that Victor Wembanyama is, much of the shine has been taken away from the top of the draft. Still, based on ESPN’s latest mock draft, the other 57 selections should have plenty of interest to offer.

Jonathan Givony and Jeremy Woo completed the mock for ESPN that dropped on Tuesday morning. After the obvious pick of Wembanyama by the San Antonio Spurs, they leaned with star Alabama freshman Brandon Miller at No. 2 over Scoot Henderson of the G-League Ignite before having Houston’s Jarace Walker and both of the Thompson twins going in the top-six picks.

  1. San Antonio Spurs: Victor Wembanyama – Metropolitans 92
  2. Charlotte Hornets: Brandon Miller – Alabama Crimson Tide
  3. Portland Trailblazers: Scoot Henderson – G-League Ignite
  4. Houston Rockets: Amen Thompson – Overtime Elite
  5. Detroit Pistons: Jarace Walker – Houston Cougars
  6. Orlando Magic: Ausar Thompson – Overtime Elite
  7. Indiana Pacers: Taylor HendricksUCF Knights
  8. Washington Wizards: Anthony BlackArkansas Razorbacks
  9. Utah Jazz: Cam WhitmoreVillanova Wildcats
  10. Dallas Mavericks: Dereck Lively IIDuke Blue Devils
  11. Orlando Magic (via Chicago Bulls): Gradey DickKansas Jayhawks
  12. Oklahoma City Thunder: Kobe BufkinMichigan Wolverines
  13. Toronto Raptors: Jalen Hood-SchifinoIndiana Hoosiers
  14. New Orleans Pelicans: Jordan HawkinsUConn Huskies
  15. Atlanta Hawks: Cason WallaceKentucky Wildcats
  16. Utah Jazz (via Minnesota Timberwolves): Bilal Coulibally – Metropolitans 92
  17. Los Angeles Lakers: Jett Howard – Michigan Wolverines
  18. Miami Heat: Nick Smith Jr. – Arkansas Razorbacks
  19. Golden State Warriors: Brandin PodziemskiSanta Clara Broncos
  20. Houston Rockets (via Los Angeles Clippers): Olivier-Maxence ProsperMarquette Golden Eagles
  21. Brooklyn Nets (via Phoenix Suns): Noah Clowney – Alabama Crimson Tide
  22. Brooklyn Nets: Keyonte GeorgeBaylor Bears
  23. Portland Trailblazers (via New York Knicks): Rayan Rupert – NZ Breakers
  24. Sacramento Kings: Kris MurrayIowa Hawkeyes
  25. Memphis Grizzlies: Jaime Jaquez Jr.UCLA Bruins
  26. Indiana Pacers (via Cleveland Cavaliers): James Nnaji – Barcelona
  27. Charlotte Hornets (via Denver Nuggets): Leonard Miller – G-League Ignite
  28. Utah Jazz (via Philadelphia 76ers): Maxwell LewisPepperdine Waves
  29. Indiana Pacers (via Boston Celtics): Ben SheppardBelmont Bruins
  30. Los Angeles Clippers (via Milwaukee Bucks): Dariq Whitehead – Duke Blue Devils
  31. Detroit Pistons: Brice SensabaughOhio State Buckeyes
  32. Indiana Pacers (via Houston Rockets): Marcus Sasser – Houston Cougars
  33. San Antonio Spurs: Andre Jackson Jr. – UConn Huskies
  34. Charlotte Hornets: Trayce Jackson-Davis – Indiana Hoosiers
  35. Boston Celtics (via Portland Trailblazers): Julian PhillipsTennessee Volunteers
  36. Orlando Magic: Colby JonesXavier Musketeers
  37. Denver Nuggets (via Oklahoma City Thunder): Gregory (GG) Jackson IISouth Carolina Gamecocks
  38. Sacramento Kings (via Indiana Pacers): Kobe BrownMissouri Tigers
  39. Charlotte Hornets (via Utah Jazz): Jalen Wilson – Kansas Jayhawks
  40. Denver Nuggets (via Dallas Mavericks): Jordan Walsh – Arkansas Razorbacks
  41. Charlotte Hornets (via Oklahoma City Thunder): Sidy Cissoko – G-League Ignite
  42. Washington Wizards (via Chicago Bulls): Jalen PickettPenn State Nittany Lions
  43. Portland Trailblazers (via Atlanta Hawks): Seth Lundy – Penn State Nittany Lions
  44. San Antonio Spurs (via Toronto Raptors): Terquavion SmithNC State Wolfpack
  45. Memphis Grizzlies (via Minnesota Timberwolves): Tristan Vukcevic – Partizan
  46. Atlanta Hawks (via New Orleans Pelicans): Amari Bailey – UCLA Bruins
  47. Los Angeles Lakers: Julian StrawtherGonzaga Bulldogs
  48. Los Angeles Clippers: Keyontae JohnsonKansas State Wildcats
  49. Cleveland Cavaliers (via Golden State Warriors): Mouhamed GueyeWashington State Cougars
  50. Oklahoma City Thunder (via Miami Heat): Hunter TysonClemson Tigers
  51. Brooklyn Nets: Colin CastletonFlorida Gators
  52. Phoenix Suns: Emoni BatesEastern Michigan Eagles
  53. Minnesota Timberwolves (via New York Knicks): Chris Livingston – Kentucky Wildcats
  54. Sacramento Kings: Ricky Council IV – Arkansas Razorbacks
  55. Indiana Pacers (via Cleveland Cavaliers): Toumani CamaraDayton Flyers
  56. Memphis Grizzlies: Jordan MillerMiami Hurricanes
  57. Washington Wizards (via Boston Celtics): Adama Sanogo – UConn Huskies
  58. Milwaukee Bucks: Adam Flagler – Baylor Bears

To note, both the Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers forfeited second-round picks, which brought the total of picks down from 60 to 58 in 2023.

Still, the conversation on ESPN on Thursday night is going to start and end with Wembanyama. At 7-5, he’s a marvel based on his size alone. From there, though, his potential on defense paired with an offensive skill set that’s borderline unfair has made him a generational prospect. If you need any more convincing, look no further than the fact that he led his overseas league in points, rebounds, and blocks while also not missing a game.

After Wembanyama, the next talking point falls upon the Charlotte Hornets. For much of the year, Henderson (17.6 points, 6.6 assists, and 5.1 rebounds per game in the G-League) had been the perceived choice at two. However, Miller (18.8 points, 8.2 rebounds at Alabama) has made the race more than interesting, which is proven considering ESPN has him at No. 2.

As far as schools, Arkansas leads the way with four selections amongst the 58 picks. The reigning national champion UConn Huskies came in second with three. After that, 10 programs tied for third with two selections in ESPN’s mock.

Beyond that, though, this draft is proving that you can reach the NBA in more ways than one. The G-League Ignite and Ovetime Elite programs have five projected picks by Givony and Woo with three going in the Top-10. Then, from an overseas standpoints, four leagues have picks expected with Metropolitans 92 leading with two.

Wembamyama will officially be coronated into the NBA inside the Barclays Center in Brooklyn come Thursday. However, after that takes place, there’s still more than enough room for the proceedings of the 2023 NBA Draft to get interesting as the night goes on.