The first Hoops Wire NBA Mock Draft of 2023 is coming out about two months before the lottery and the Victor Wembanyama sweepstakes is actually revealed. So, as usual, we just compiled it by listing teams in order of current record.
But this much we know — whoever has the first pick will take Wembanyama. He is viewed as the surest “can’t-miss” prospect since LeBron James went to the Cavaliers in 2003. Check out our entire first-round mock below, with the second round coming in future mocks, likey starting with the end of the NCAA Tournament in early April.
Hoops Wire 2023 NBA Mock Draft
- Detroit Pistons: Victor Wembanyama, 7-2, C, France
- Houston Rockets: Scoot Henderson, G, G Legue
- San Antonio Spurs: Brandon Miller, SF, Alabama
- Charlotte Hornets: Anthony Black, G, Arkansas
- Orlando Magic: Nick Smith, G, Arkansas
- Indiana Pacers: Gradey Dick, SF, Kansas
- Orlando Magic: Amen Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite
- Oklahoma City Thunder: Keyonte George, SG, Baylor
- Washington Wizards: Kris Murray, F, Iowa
- New Orleans Pelicans: Cam Whitmore, SF, Villanova
- Los Angeles Lakers: Rayan Rupert, SG, France
- Portland Trail Blazers: Jarace Walker, F, Houston
- Utah Jazz: Kobe Bufkin, SG, Michigan
- Toronto Raptors: Ausar Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite
- Atlanta Hawks: Taylor Hendricks, SF, Central Florida
- Los Angeles Clippers: Cason Wallace, PG, Kentucky
- New York Knicks: Leonard Miller, SF, G League
- Utah Jazz: Jett Howard, G/F, Michigan
- Golden State Warriors: Maxwell Lewis, G/F, Pepperdine
- Miami Heat: GG Jackson, F/C, South Carolina
- Brooklyn Nets: Terquavion Smith, G, NC State
- Brooklyn Nets: Jalen Wilson, F, Kansas
- Portland Trail Blazers: Sidy Cissoko, SG, G League
- Sacramento Kings: Andre Jackson, G/F, Kansas
- Memphis Grizzlies: Julian Strawther, SF, Gonzaga
- Indiana Pacers: Brice Sensabaugh, F, Ohio State
- Utah Jazz: Coleman Hawkkins, PF, Illinois
- Indiana Pacers: Trayce Jackson-Davis, PF, Indiana
- Charlotte Hornets: Noah Clowney, PF, Alabama
- Houston Rockets: Emoni Bates, G/F, Eastern Michigan
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Big picture wise, its 2023, and since hype levels are at LBJ levels if not higher, the fact is, he can pick his team.
His agent makes clear where Victor W wants to sign an extension in 4 years. The trade can happen on draft night. Like Kobe choosing the Lakers.
So the question could be, which team does he most want to play for?