2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks go defense, Pistons surprise at 5

2023 NBA Draft, Victor Wembanyama
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The 2023 NBA Draft order is set, and teams are working tirelessly to prepare for June 22. The lottery and combine are in the books, but there will be workouts, pro days, and plenty of information to gather before selecting a player. There are zero guarantees in the draft, and every team does things a bit differently.

The Dallas Mavericks kept the tenth pick in the lottery, and they face a crucial decision. Do they deal it for win-now help or keep it and add a talented prospect on a rookie contract? The Mavs are exploring their options, but what can they get for the final top ten pick?

Victor Wembanyama will be the number one pick, but there will be plenty of drama and trades on draft night. Where will the prospects land on June 22? Here is a mock draft of all 30 first-round selections.

2023 NBA Mock Draft 2.0: 1. San Antonio Spurs select Victor Wembanyama

The Spurs will select Wembanyama with the top pick this year. The 7’5 big man is the most-hyped prospect since LeBron James, and ESPN sent a reporter to France to interview him during the draft lottery. The teenage prodigy will end up in San Antonio to give them a third number one overall pick of a legendary big man in the last 40 years.

Wembanyama has a unique skill set. He averaged 21.8 points, 10.6 rebounds, 2.4 assists, and 3.0 blocks in 32.2 minutes per game this season playing professionally in France. The 7’5 big man can handle the ball, protect the rim, rebound, shoot stepback threes, and score. Wemby has the potential to be the best player in the NBA in a few years.

There is already plenty of hype, and the teenager will be the face of the franchise in San Antonio from the moment he arrives. The Spurs have experience developing star big men, and they are hoping to make Victor Wembanyama an all-time great. Fans should be excited to see what he can do in the best league in the world.

The first overall pick is decided which means the drama of the 2023 NBA Draft starts at number two.