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

2023 NBA Draft, Victor Wembanyama
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22. Brooklyn Nets acquire Noah Clowney

With their second first-round selection, the Nets take a swing on Clowney’s upside. He was the 74th ranked in the 2022 high school class, and nobody projected him to be a one-and-done player. He was a four-star recruit that blossomed at Alabama and helped the Crimson Tide become the number-one overall seed in the NCAA Tournament.

The 6’10 forward has a 7’2 wingspan and immense defensive potential. He has a slight frame, but Clowney still grabbed 7.9 rebounds and blocked 0.9 shots in 25.4 minutes per game in his lone college season. The 18-year-old has the look of a versatile defender that could switch onto the perimeter and guard multiple positions.

Clowney needs to improve his shooting and overall offensive game to reach his ceiling. He shot just 28.3 percent from 3-point range this season, but he took 120 attempts in 36 games. Clowney is not afraid to shoot, but he must improve his percentage at the next level. He played well as a roll man this season and adding a pick-and-pop element could take his game to another level.

The Brooklyn Nets should shoot for high-upside prospects with these selections as they look to rebuild their roster. Noah Clowney made a massive leap this season, and NBA teams believe more could be on the horizon.