2023 NBA DRAFT: Who will go #1?

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The 2023 NBA Draft is less than a week away, which includes generational talent in Victor Wembanyama. The Spurs currently hold the number one pick, and this draft class could be life changing for some franchises. There’s been trade talk surrounding the 2nd pick held by the Charlotte Hornets, and 3rd pick, held by the Portland Trailblazers. In the next coming days, we will break down the odds of the draft picks, along with some analysis and statistics. The 2023 NBA Draft will be held June 22, at 8 p.m., ET, located at the Barclays Center, in Brooklyn, New York. If you're looking to watch the draft, it will air on ABC (First round), and ESPN. If you are looking for the best betting odds and stats, here is information to know:  

NBA Draft Order Round 1:

Round Pick # Team

1           1     Spurs
1           2     Hornets
1           3     Trail Blazers
1           4     Rockets
1           5     Pistons
1           6     Magic
1           7     Pacers
1           8     Wizards
1           9     Jazz
1          10    Mavericks
1          11    Magic (Bulls)
1          12    Thunder
1          13    Raptors
1          14    Pelicans
1          15    Hawks
1          16    Jazz (Timberwolves)
1          17    Lakers
1          18    Heat
1          19    Warriors
1          20    Rockets (Clippers)
1          21    Nets (Suns)
1          22    Nets
1          23    Trail Blazers (Knicks)
1          24    Kings
1          25    Grizzlies
1          26    Pacers (Cavaliers)
1          27    Hornets (Nuggets)
1          28    Jazz (76ers)
1          29    Pacers (Celtics)
1          30   Clippers (Bucks)

First Overall Pick Odds:

*Odds Courtesy of DraftKings Sportsbook*

C Victor Wembanyama (France): -20,000
PG Scoot Henderson (G League Ignite): +5000
SF Brandon Miller (Alabama): +10000
SF Amen Thompson (Overtime Elite): +10000
PF Jarace Wallace (Houston): +15000
SF Ausar Thompson (Overtime Elite): +15000

Second Overall Pick Odds:

SF Brandon Miller (Alabama): -150
PG Scoot Henderson (G League Ignite): +105
SF Amen Thompson (Overtime Elite): +5000
PF Jarace Wallace (Houston): +10000
SF Ausar Thompson (Overtime Elite): +10000
PG Anthony Black (Arkansas): +10000
SF Cam Whitmore (Villanova): +10000
C Victor Wembanyama (France): +10000

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Predicted Top 4 Prospects

Victor Wembanyama

Position: Center | Team/Country: France | HT/WT: 7-4 210 | Age: 19
2022-2023 Stats: 21.6 PPG | 3.0 BLK | 2.4 AST | 10.4 REB | 27.5 3PT % | 47 FG %

 It’s no secret Victor Wembanyama has been the hottest topic regarding the Draft. From watching him play, to listening to analysts, Wembanyama is the next generational talent. He stands at 7 foot 4, has nearly an 8-foot wingspan, and is compared to several NBA stars, such as Steph Curry and Tim Duncan. Although his season with Metropolitans 92 ended, he’s still very much the top prospect in this draft.

In basketball, it's rare to see an athlete like Victor Wembanyama perform in all ways at his size.  He can post up, shoot beyond the perimeter, acts as a rim protector and a glass cleaner. At his height, he can handle the ball quite well, and dribbles with the same skill as a playmaker. In addition, he’s athletic, creates his own shot, and has a nice mid-range spot up shot comparable to Kevin Durant. We’ve essentially seen Wembanyama play the 1-5 position and seen him iso the ball comparable to Steph Curry.

I’m not sure if I’ve ever seen a player with this much skill set considering his height. He has the highest odds to go number one overall, which would be to the San Antonio Spurs, considering they don't trade the pick or select another player. In my lifetime, there hasn’t been a player talked about in this light since LeBron James back in the early 2000s.  Will Wembanyama be able to stay healthy in the NBA and play a full 82 game season, given his tall slender frame? If so, whoever picks him will get a tremendous player that could change a team forever.

Scoot Henderson

Position: Point Guard Team/Country: G League Ignite | HT/WT: 6-2 195 | Age: 19
2022-2023 Stats: 16.5 PPG | 0.5 BLK | 6.5 AST | 5.4 REB | 1.1 STL | 27.5 3PT % | 43 FG %

Scoot Henderson is a player that will make an impact right away in the league. In fact, he’s from Georgia and has two years of G League experience under his belt. I’ve watched hours of film on Scoot, and he is comparable to many high-profile NBA players. First off, Henderson may only stand at 6 foot 2. However, he’s a player that plays elite on both sides of the basketball. Scoot can block shots, even at his height, and steals the ball frequently. His defense is comparable to Marcus Smart, and his handles to Kyrie Irving.

Henderson has exceptional facilitating abilities, in addition to his explosiveness. We’ve seen him iso, attack the rim, and his extreme athleticism makes him one of the best finishers at the rim. His physicality reminds me of Jimmy Butler, or Russell Westbrook, and I see him getting a lot of looks at the free-throw line. In addition, we’ve seen him play one on one, and create his own shot.

I would like to see him improve his three-point shot, considering the league has changed. I would put him slightly over Brandon Miller for the number 2 spot. In fact, if Wembanyama wasn’t in this draft, I would put him at 1. Charlotte has the number 2 spot, and with Michael Jordon recently selling the team, it will be interesting what Charlotte does here. The Hornets already have a starting playmaker in LaMelo Ball and Terry Rozier. It’s possible he slides to Portland or the Hornets swap picks with another team.

Brandon Miller

Position: Freshman Small Forward| Team/Country: Alabama | HT/WT: 6-9 200| Age: 20
2022-2023 Stats: 18.8 PPG | 0.9 BLK | 2.1 AST | 8.2 REB | 0.9 STL | 38.4 3PT % | 43 FG %

Although Brandon Miller found himself in the middle of legal troubles this season, it was incredibly fun to watch him all season long, and in the NCAA Tournament. At 6 foot 9, he played for one of the most prestigious schools in the University of Alabama,and was a part of their huge regular season success. Miller is a player that can score anywhere on the court. Whether it’s attacking the basket, hitting from outside, or from the mid-range, I call Brandon Miller the “scorer.”

Miller is the player that will be that player featured in Sports Centers top 10. He’s athletic, can catch lobs, and is athletic when approaching the rim. He's able to create his own shot off screens and has the size to rebound and tip it on for second chance points. In addition, we’ve seen Miller hit his shot on off ball screens, and essentially is a reliable scorer. Also, in addition to his offensive scoring ability, we’ve seen what he can do on defense. Brandon Miller is a fantastic basketball player; however, he lacks the explosiveness that Scoot Henderson has. It would be interesting to see if he would develop a post-game in the NBA, in addition to putting on a little bit of size.

Amen Thompson

Position: Small Forward | Team/Country: Overtime Elite | HT/WT: 6-6 214 | Age: 20
2022-2023 Stats: 16.4 PPG | 0.9 BLK | 5.9 AST | 5.9 REB | 2.3 STL | 25 3PT % | 56.6 FG %

Both Amen Thompson, and his twin brother, Ausar are making headlines in this NBA Draft. This player took the unconventional route to the NBA, which we are seeing more of. He’s been a recent player for the City Reapers, which is a professional basketball league for players ranging from 16 to 20 years old. Many analysts are calling him the modern-day Scotty Pippen, and I couldn’t agree more. He is an elite athlete, who can attack the rim in addition to defensive play.

Even though Thompson can work on his outside shot, he’s improved his slashing game, and plays a high level of defense. He creates highlight plays, and has a nasty hesitation move in the lane. Thompson averaged over 2 steals a game and reminds me of that old school hard nose defensive guy. In addition, we’ve seen him draw fouls, along with his unselfish gameplay. Although he can attack the rim, we’ve seen Thompson make some incredible passes, although his ball handles could use some work.

It’s rare to find a defensive caliber like this in the NBA, and I could see him making an all-defensive team down the road. Furthermore, I would like to see him develop his shot more and continue to work on being a consistent scorer for any team. According to Bleacher Report, The Rockets ‘Strongly Believe’ Amen Thompson is in the same tier as Henderson and Miller.

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Sara Jane is a full-time content creator, focusing on both college basketball, the NBA, NFL, and writer of Ballislife.com. Don’t forget to follow her on Twitter/YouTube/Kick/Twitch/Instagram: @GGirlSports.


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