2023 NBA Mock Draft: Mavericks land difference-maker, Victor Wembanyama heads East

2023 NBA Draft, Victor Wembanyama
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20. Houston Rockets (via Clippers) take Brice Sensabaugh

Sensabaugh is a bucket that can score from anywhere on the floor. The 6’6 wing averaged 16.3 points and 5.4 rebounds in 24.5 minutes per game during his lone season at Ohio State. He shot 48.0 percent from the field and 40.5 percent on his 3-point tries. Nobody expected the 19-year-old to be a one-and-done player, but his offensive game popped enough to have teams interested in the mid-first round.

His defense was an issue with the Buckeyes. He came off the bench to start the year, and they had to remove him late in games. Sensabaugh struggled both on and off the ball. His effort was an issue at times, but he is 6’6. The 19-year-old needs to add some mass and lock in on the defensive end of the floor to reach his ceiling.

Sensabaugh’s playmaking will be a defining skill. Without improvement, the 6’6 wing will strictly be a score-first player that is best suited for a sixth-man role. If he starts involving others, the 19-year-old will earn more minutes and opportunities in the NBA.

Under Rafael Stone, the Houston Rockets have favored young score-first players. Brice Sensabaugh fits that mold, and he joins Scoot Henderson as the Rockets' two first-round picks in this mock draft.