2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks land difference-maker, Victor Wembanyama heads East
By Tyler Watts
13. Toronto Raptors grab Keyonte George
George is a bucket-getter that is not afraid to let it fly. He averaged 15.3 points, 4.2 rebounds, 2.8 assists, and 1.1 steals in 28.6 minutes per game during his lone season at Baylor. His shooting percentages were subpar, but there is belief that he will be an above-average 3-point shooter in the NBA.
George draws comparisons to Bradley Beal and Dallas Mavericks rookie Jaden Hardy. All three are 6’4 guards with impressive offensive skill sets. The 19-year-old prospect must improve his jumper, playmaking, and defense to reach his ceiling, but he has All-Star potential.
Teams will likely target George on the defensive end of the floor. He plays hard, but will his size allow him to hold up on defense? His strength gives him an early edge, but how much can he improve?
The Toronto Raptors are facing a crucial offseason as Fred VanVleet and Gary Trent Jr. are both expected to hit free agency. If one or both move on, the Raptors will be looking for a scoring boost, and George offers a nice blend of upside with his ability to put the ball through the net. Beal is a three-time All-Star that scored over 30 points per game two years in a row. Drafting that player in the late lottery would be a massive success.