NBA Mock Draft 1.0: Victor Wembanyama Goes to …

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.Victor Wembanyama

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

  1. Detroit Pistons: Victor Wembanyama, 7-2, C, France
  2. Houston Rockets: Scoot Henderson, G, G Legue
  3. San Antonio Spurs: Brandon Miller, SF, Alabama
  4. Charlotte Hornets: Anthony Black, G, Arkansas
  5. Orlando Magic: Nick Smith, G, Arkansas
  6. Indiana Pacers: Gradey Dick, SF, Kansas
  7. Orlando Magic: Amen Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite
  8. Oklahoma City Thunder: Keyonte George, SG, Baylor
  9. Washington Wizards: Kris Murray, F, Iowa
  10. New Orleans Pelicans: Cam Whitmore, SF, Villanova
  11. Los Angeles Lakers: Rayan Rupert, SG, France
  12. Portland Trail Blazers: Jarace Walker, F, Houston
  13. Utah Jazz: Kobe Bufkin, SG, Michigan
  14. Toronto Raptors: Ausar Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite
  15. Atlanta Hawks: Taylor Hendricks, SF, Central Florida
  16. Los Angeles Clippers: Cason Wallace, PG, Kentucky
  17. New York Knicks: Leonard Miller, SF, G League
  18. Utah Jazz: Jett Howard, G/F, Michigan
  19. Golden State Warriors: Maxwell Lewis, G/F, Pepperdine
  20. Miami Heat: GG Jackson, F/C, South Carolina
  21. Brooklyn Nets: Terquavion Smith, G, NC State
  22. Brooklyn Nets: Jalen Wilson, F, Kansas
  23. Portland Trail Blazers: Sidy Cissoko, SG, G League
  24. Sacramento Kings: Andre Jackson, G/F, Kansas
  25. Memphis Grizzlies: Julian Strawther, SF, Gonzaga
  26. Indiana Pacers: Brice Sensabaugh, F, Ohio State
  27. Utah Jazz: Coleman Hawkkins, PF, Illinois
  28. Indiana Pacers: Trayce Jackson-Davis, PF, Indiana
  29. Charlotte Hornets: Noah Clowney, PF, Alabama
  30. Houston Rockets: Emoni Bates, G/F, Eastern Michigan

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  1. 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?

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