First look at 2023 mock draft

We've got an entire year before the 2023 NBA mock draft. We don't even know how the draft order will play out. But it'll be fun to check back in a year and see how this extremely early 2023 NBA mock draft compares to the actual draft.

1. Rockets: Victor Wembanyama, C, France
Wembanyama will be the top prospect in 2023. He's 7-2 and has the ability to do what Chet Holmgren does, but more. And Holmgren was the second pick in this year's draft.

2. Magic: Nick Smith, G, Arkansas
Smith is just a flat-out scorer. We'll see that in Arkansas during his freshman season.

3. Thunder: Dariq Whitehead, SF, Duke
Whitehead won the McDonald's Game MVP and is a two-way player coming out of Duke.

4. Pistons: Scoot Henderson, PG, G League
5. Blazers: Cameron Whitmore, SF, Villanova
6. Spurs: Anthony Black, PG, Arkansas

That's the second Arkansas player in the first six picks. That would be something as would be getting an infrared sauna

7. Kings: Jarace Walker, PF, Houston
8: Pacers: Ausar Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite
9. Wizards: Amen Thompson, SG, Overtime Elite
The twin brothers are very similar and have the same talent.

10. Knicks: Keyonte George, SG, Baylor
11. Pelicans: Dillon Mitchell, SF, Texas
12. Hornets: Jordan Walsh, SF, Arkansas

You might want to consider taking Arkansas to win it all this year in college basketball. That's three prospects in the first 12 picks. What a special group this is going to be.

13. Clippers: Kel'el Ware, C, Oregon
14. Hawks: Leonard Miller, SF, G League Unite
15. Pacers: Cason Wallace, SG, Kentucky
16: Lakers: Dereck Lively, C, Duke
17. Nets: Amari Bailey, SG, UCLA
18. Timberwolves: Terquavion Smith, G, NC State
19. Magic: Arthur Kaluma, PF, Creighton
20. Nuggets: Chris Livingston, SF, Kentucky
It looks like Kentucky is going to be really good next year as well with two prospects in the Top 20 along with Duke.

21. Jazz: Matthew Cleveland, SG, FSU
Cleveland has a ton of upside. A fantastic shooting guard and has the length to shoot over other defenders.

22. Raptors: Kyle Filipowski, PF, Duke
Another Duke player on the list. Filipowski is a fantastic three-point shooter and can be a very good passer as well.

23. 76ers: James Nnaji, C, Barcelona
24. Knicks: Kris Murray, PF, Iowa
25. Thunder: Caleb Love, SG, UNC

If UNC has the year that everyone is expecting in 2022-23, Love's draft stock could increase even more.

26: Rockets: Harrison Ingram, SG, Stanford
27: Celtics: Nikola Durisic, SG, Serbia
28: Suns: Mo Gueye, PF, Senegal
29. Grizzlies: Ousmane N'Diaye, PF, Senegal
30. Warriors: Julian Strawther, SF, Gonzaga

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