2023 NBA Draft Tracker

Here’s our 2023 NBA Draft Tracker. We’ll be posting each draft selection here as soon as it’s available, along with analysis of the prospects/picks, so be sure to check back for the latest.

2023 NBA Draft Tracker

FIRST ROUND

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

Viewed by many as a once-in-a-generation prospect with a ceiling of a taller version of Kevin Durant. Others fear he may be nothing more than The Next Kristaps Porzingis. Either way, Wembanyama is landing with a franchise that is known for developing international talent. And given that he’s considered to be the biggest franchise-changer since LeBron James, there’s reason to be excited in San Antonio.

2. Charlotte Hornets: Brandon Miller, SF, Alabama

Miller is an elite shooter with size and length — exactly what the Hornets could use. His an outstanding in isolation, excellent as a natural athlete. He also is a decent rebounder. Miller should fit well alongside LaMelo Ball and the rest.

3. Portland Trail Blazers: Scoot Henderson, PG, G League Ignite

Do they keep him, do they trade him, do they still not know? Whatever happens, Henderson is guard with great speed, plays with great energy, and has been able to get it done at both ends. Not a great shooter, but more along the lines of a Russell Westbrook or young Derrick Rose. And they dominated the game just fine in their prime. Henderson is viewed as that type of player.

4. Houston Rockets: Amen Thompson, G, Overtime Elite

The Rockets took lots of calls — and even made some — on this pick. But as for Thompson, he is another playmaker and great finisher. Some have said he has the highest upside in the draft other Wembanyama. It will be interesting, though, to see where he fits with Kevin Porter Jr. and Jalen Green.

5. Detroit Pistons: Ausar Thompson, G, Overtime Elite

Twin brother of Amen, the Pistons are taking a guard who is indeed much like his sibling on the court. Ausar can do a little bit of everything, and is even considered a little smoother on the perimeter. He’s also considered a strong perimeter defender. Should pair well with Cade Cunningham.

6. Orlando Magic: Anthony Black, G/F, Arkansas

A throwback point forward who looks to get teammates involved first but can score as well. The Magic have one of the best nucleases in the NBA, and Black can be a guy who sets the table for some time. He can see over defenses and plays extremely well in transition. Some have referred to Black as a poor man’s Scottie Pippen. Gotta like that.

7. Indiana Pacers: Bilal Coulibaly, SF, France

A teammate of Victor Wembanyama, Coulibaly is great at running the floor and finishing at the rim. His outside shot is a little suspect, but he’s been a fantastic defender on the perimeter. ESPN is reporting he will be traded to the Wizards for the No. 8 pick.

8. Washington Wizards: Jarace Walker, PF, Houston

Walker is headed to the Pacers in a trade involving Coulibaly, drafted at No. 7. A powerful player, he has a reputation on making an impact near the basket at both ends. Walker also has an ability who an step away from the basket and knock down shots.

9. Utah Jazz: Taylor Hendricks, PF, UCF

Will forever be known as the first player ever from UCF to be drafted in the first round, Hendricks is known as a 3-and-D guy. He’s basically a stretch four, and is known for his high motor.

10. Oklahoma City Thunder: Cason Wallace, PG, Kentucky

Wallace and veteran forward Davis Bertans are headed to the Thunder for the No. 12 overall pick. At any rate, Wallace is a long line of Kentucky guards who have heard their name called in the first round. And he is known as a complete guard and fantastic on-ball perimeter defender.

11. Orlando Magic: Jett Howard, G/F, Michigan

A great athlete who can score, but it’s still unknown what else he may be able to do at the next level. Still, there is some upside there. With a reputation for working hard, Howard is the son of former NBA player and current Wolverines coach Juwan Howard.

12. Dallas Mavericks: Dereck Lively II, C, Duke

This pick was acquired from the Thunder, as the Mavs moved down two spots to get the center they were lacking. At 7-foot-2, Lively has great length, can protect the basket and can score in spurts, almost like a taller Jarrett Allen. By the end of the season, he proved to be a big-time shotblocker.

13. Toronto Raptors: Gradey Dick, SF, Kansas

The Raptors severely lack 3-point shooting, so it’s safe to say they are trying to fill a need here. Dick has a quick release who shot over 40 percent on 3-pointers with the Jayhawks. He’s also an underrated rebounder. Defensively, though, he needs work.

14. New Orleans Pelicans: Jordan Hawkins, SG, UConn

Hawkins is excellent at moving without the ball and being a catch-and-shoot type. He even reminds some of Kyle Korver. Not a great defender, Hawkins should able to spread opposing defenses to make up for it.

15. Atlanta Hawks: Kobe Bufkin, G/F, Michigan

Nice shooter who has a good feel for the game and can finish at the rim. Bufkin made vast improvements between his freshman and sophomore seasons. The Hawks are likely hoping he can take some of the ball-handling duties away from Trae Young, too.

16. Utah Jazz: Keyonte George, SG, Baylor

Quick, confident and has an ability to score. A strong player who knows how to create space and get his own shot. Where he will fit alongside the likes of Collin Sexton, Ochai Agbaji and Talen Horton-Tucker, no one knows. That said, the Jazz may be looking to move at least Sexton, and maybe THT, too.

17. Los Angeles Lakers: Jalen Hood-Schifino, G, Indiana

The Big Ten Freshman of the Year, Hood-Schifino is a big, strong and versatile point guard who shoots well off the dribble. Needs to work on consistency from the perimeter. He’s not a great athlete, but he is crafty and he can find ways to put the ball in the hoop.

18. Miami Heat: Jaime Jaquez Jr., SF, UCLA

Can you think of a more Heat-like prospect in the draft? The guy just knows how to play — can shoot, is tough, fundamentally sound, plays with a chip on his shoulder. The Pac-12 Player of the Year. He really should be a great fit.

19. Golden State Warriors: Brandin Podziemski, SG, Santa Clara

Podziemski plays with a bit of an edge and can shoot on the move, shoot off the dribble, can shoot anytime, anywhere. Ever hear any of that about a Golden State player before? Is actually a strong rebounder for a guard, and could end up playing for a veteran team right away — especially following the trade of Jordan Poole to the Wizards (for Chris Paul).

20. Houston Rockets: Cam Whitmore, SF, Villanova

Most people had him pegged as a top-10 pick, but here we are. Injury may have hampered his season, but when healthy, he can really attack and finish at the basket. Outstanding athlete who has a decent shooting stroke, too.

21. Brooklyn Nets: Noah Clowney, PF, Alabama

A great athlete with size (about 6-foot-10), who can defend all three frontcourt spots. He may not be ready to contribute right now, but as ESPN’s Jay Bilas said, Clowney is “an upside pick” for the Nets.

22. Brooklyn Nets: Dariq Whitehead, G/F, Duke

Struggled with injuries last season, but when he’s on the floor, man, he could shoot. Overall, Whitehead is a tough player who could come right in and offer some relief on the perimeter.

23. Portland Trail Blazers: Kris Murray, F, Iowa

Brother of the Kings’ Keegan Murray, Kris has a great motor and gets to the rim. Another 3-and-D guy who has great instincts overall. He’s sort of like a poor man’s Keegan, to be honest. 

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

Maxence-Prosper and center Richaun Holmes are headed to the Mavericks, per ESPN. At any rate, Maxence-Prosper is a good catch-and-shoot player who is said to have a high ceiling. A fantastic athlete who plays incredibly hard, he could be the Mavs’ new Dorian Finney-Smith.

25. Detroit Pistons: Marcus Sasser, G, Houston

This pick was actually sent from the Grizzlies to the Celtics, and then from the Celtics to the Pistons on draft night. Anyway, Sasser is considered a strong on-the-ball defender, and mostly, a winner. As an added bonus, he can also knock down 3-pointers. 

26. Indiana Pacers: Ben Sheppard, SF, Belmont

Another guy with good court sense, Sheppard can make shots and fill it up. He seemed to improve each year at Belmont, rising to NBA prospect status this past year. He looks to be a rotation-level player for the Pacers right away.

27. Charlotte Hornets: Nick Smith Jr., G, Arkansas

Appeared in just 17 games, this past season. Otherwise, he may have been a lottery pick. Moves well without the ball and a crafty scorer. He never really got into a flow with Arkansas, but even so, can get his own shot.

28. Utah Jazz: Brice Sensabaugh, F, Ohio State

Not a great athlete, but a strong small forward who gets to his spots and plays to his strengths. May be the best mid-range shooter in the draft. Sensabaugh just knows how score, period.

29. Denver Nuggets: Julian Strawther, SF, Gonzaga

This pick was actually made by the Pacers, but is headed to the world champion Nuggets. Strawther has a tendency to make big shots and plays with a strong degree of mental toughness. His defense needs a little work, but he should be given some time to develop in Denver.

30. Los Angeles Clippers: Kobe Brown, PF, Missouri

At 6-foot-7, Brown is powerful scorer who can post up larger players and even make mid-range shots. Not a shot-blocker, but his defense in the post is considered a strength.

SECOND ROUND

31. Boston Celtics: James Nnaji, C, Spain

Intimidating shot-blocker and explosive athlete on offense near the basket. Could remain overseas.

32. Denver Nuggets: Jalen Pickett, SG, Penn State

Pickett is considered an excellent passer and facilitator, and overall, a complete player who does nothing great, but everything well.

33. Minnesota Timberwolves: Leonard Miller, F, G League

Great size, can get to the rim. Viewed as a little bit of a project, but also a player with tons of upside.

34. Sacramento Kings: Colby Jones, G/F, Xavier

Does a nice job of scoring after taking contact, compared favorably to Josh Hart. Jones was selected by the Hornets, but is headed to the Kings.

35. Chicago Bulls: Julian Phillips, SF, Tennessee

An athletic slashing-type, Phillips is viewed as a two-way wing who can really defend. Not a great perimeter shooter.

36. Milwaukee Bucks: Andre Jackson Jr, G/F, UConn

Excellent passer and rebounder who does just about everything very well … except shoot. But hey, the Bucks have plenty of guys who can do that already.

37. Denver Nuggets: Hunter Tyson, F, Clemson

A 3-point specialist who also goes to the glass and rebounds. Improved each college season.

38. Sacramento Kings: Jordan Walsh, SF, Arkansas

Skilled player who can do it all, but is fairly unreliable from the perimeter. Has drawn comparisons to DeMarre Carroll.

39. Charlotte Hornets: Mouhamed Gueye, PF, Washington State

Big, strong, athletic and his strongest shot is the dunk. In fact, it may be his only shot. But DeAndre Jordan made a killing that way.

40. Los Angeles Lakers: Maxwell Lewis, SF, Pepperdine

Not the most efficient player, but there’s little doubt that he knows how to put the ball in the basket, and in a number of ways.

41. Charlotte Hornets: Amari Bailey, PG, UCLA

Good scorer from the wing who can play on or off the ball, with a pretty nice upside.

42. Washington Wizards: Tristan Vukcevic, F/C, Partizan

Definitely has a little bit of everything offensively. Played well at the NBA Combine.

43. Portland Trail Blazers: Rayan Rupert, G/F, Australia

High-level athlete, but still needs some work on his fundamentals. Excellent defensively. 

44. San Antonio Spurs: Sidy Cissoko, G/F, G League

Long, athletic, but needs to be more disciplined defensively. Got into foul trouble a lot in G League.

45. Memphis Grizzlies: GG Jackson, PF, South Carolina

The highs are very high when it comes to Jackson, but inconsistency has been an issue. No doubt about his upside, though.

46. Atlanta Hawks: Seth Lundy, G, Penn State

Not real athletic, but heady and strong fundamentally all the way around. A pure shooter with great range.

47. Indiana Pacers: Mojave King, SG, G League Ignite

Smooth 3-point shooter who always plays under control. Has drawn comparisons to Courtney Alexander.

48. Los Angeles Clippers: Jordan Miller, SG, Miami

A lefty who is a good finisher and solid defender. Per ESPN’s Jay Bilas, some considered Miller the best finisher in the ACC.

49. Cleveland Cavaliers: Emoni Bates, G/F, Eastern Michigan

Was expected to be a lottery pick coming out of high school. Fantastic isolation scorer with great upside. Can make shots. Not a great defender. Getting another chance to live up to the hype.

50. Oklahoma City Thunder: Keyontae Johnson, SF, Kansas State

Big, strong powerful athlete who can shoot it or go down and post up. Has overcome a heart ailment to make his mark on the game.

51. Brooklyn Nets: Jalen Wilson, F, Kansas

Big, versatile wing and solid fundamentally. Very good 3-point shooter, though fairly unreliable from the line. Can score the ball.

52. Phoenix Suns: Toumani Camara, F, Dayton

Camara was supposedly headed to the Wizards, but it appears he will actually remain with the Suns. Long arms, good defender and excellent on the offensive glass. Just needs to brush up on fundamentals, but tools are there.

53. Minnesota Timberwolves: Jaylen Clark, SG, UCLA

Outstanding athlete who can really finish at the rim. Strong and versatile, was one of the best defenders in the college game. Suffered an Achilles injury and is likely out for summer league.

54. Sacramento Kings: Jalen Slawson, SF, Furman

Smart player who was a fifth-year senior this past season. Not a great athlete, but will knock down shots when he gets the space.

55. Indiana Pacers: Isaiah Wong, SG, Miami

Another high-level scorer who can hit outside shots or dunk in the opponent’s face. Just puts the ball in the basket.

56. Washington Wizards: Trayce Jackson-Davis, F/C, Indiana

Jackson-Davis slipped a bit, for some unknown reason, and is headed to the Warriors. A nice player near the basket, fundamentally sound. Range on shot is limited.

57. Phoenix Suns: Tarik Biberovic, F, Turkey

Great fundamentals, rugged, bit not real quick. Will likely remain overseas.

58. Milwaukee Bucks: Chris Livingston, G/F, Kentucky

The final pick in this year’s draft, Livingston has lots of burst who does his best work above the rim. He’s at his best in the open court. Needs work on his perimeter shot.

* Note: The Chicago Bulls and Philadelphia 76ers forfeited their second-round picks as a result of NBA tampering infractions.

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